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Our Corporate Government America is known world wide as the greatest free country on the planet yet in America there is a crisis of corruption in the democratic system The American people are no longer the strongest force in the political process nor are they the most important force for candidates and causes to win American democracy is threatened by corporate political contributions and those trying to fix this problem face a long hard road to reform Corporate political financing is not a new problem whose dangers are only now clearly apparent In a November 21 1864 letter President Abraham Lincoln wrote As a result of war corporations have become enthroned and an era of corruption will follow The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its rule by preying upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is concentrated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed Albert Lincolns prophesies are all too true today Corporations create an addiction to American consumerism then feed off it Big money then turns around and donates billions of dollars to Political parties nullifying the strongest countervailing force the proletariat have An uncorrupted Government would be the most effective force to fight corporate influence Dreber 23 However America has never had an uncorrupted government Money in politics dates back to George Washington who financed much of his campaign with corporate money Hakim In 1907 federal law prohibited companies from donating directly to candidates In 1946 a similar law banned direct donations from unions Individual donations to candidates were also limited to 1000 per election year Donations to national party committees or so-called soft money donations are and always have been unregulated and unlimited The 1974 Federal Elections Act upheld donations to the parties but put certain checks on them such as the formation of the Federal Election Commission Florida Soft money though originally intended for grassroots organizing for
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