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American Elections

A look at the Presidential and Congressional elections in the United States

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Federal Election Committee

The Low Voter Turnout

The American voters are choosing to abstain from voting more than ever. At the latest election, the midterm elections in 2014, the voter turnout was a little over 36%.  In other words, almost two-thirds of those eligible to vote, stayed home on Election Day.  Continue reading “The Low Voter Turnout”

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Why Lobbying is Allowed, part II

After examining the First Amendment and the Supreme Court’s role in Part I, this part will take a look at the legislative branch, Congress, and its role in allowing lobbying and soft money in US politics. Through the past decades, Congress has tried to reform the way lobbying and campaign finance works. Continue reading “Why Lobbying is Allowed, part II”

Why Lobbying is Allowed, part I

Why it is allowed for lobbyists, interest groups and other outside actors to engage in lobbying activities to the extent it currently is. The Constitution, the Supreme Court and Congress have all shaped the current legal framework that enable lobbying activities. Continue reading “Why Lobbying is Allowed, part I”

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