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By Alan Marzilli

Starting with the balloting fiasco in Florida in November 2000, this quantity addresses 3 vital matters: voter fraud, crusade contributions, and political advertisements.

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The effect of corporate campaign spending has not escaped public notice. Companies such as Enron, the energy company that made headlines because of widespread accounting irregularities, and Philip Morris, which profited from selling hazardous tobacco products, were significant soft money donors. These companies curried favor in Congress while 55 56 ELECTION REFORM members of the public lost their retirement savings because of the drop in Enron’s stock price and suffered and died from the harmful effects of smoking.

42 The reason that the races attracted so much money from out of state was that Hilliard and McKinney had both taken antiIsrael positions, angering many Jewish people across the nation. ” 43 Many applauded the defeats, pleased that an organized effort had removed two anti-Israel votes from the House of Representatives. However, not everyone agreed that this was a case of democracy working properly. Many people were concerned that the outcome of races between two African Americans in African-American districts would be so heavily influenced by non-African-American contributors, according to the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).

Why should political candidates not do the same? Most of the money for campaigns has come from contributions from individuals, corporations, or special interest groups. 48 Money Is Corrupting American Democracy 49 ELECTION STATS 2000 SENATE* Average Winner Spent Average Loser Spent Most Expensive Campaign Most Expensive Campaigner Least Expensive Winning Campaign Least Expensive Winning Campaigner Number of Incumbents Seeking Re-election Number of Incumbents Reelected Incumbents Re-election Rate Number of Close Races (winning margin less than 10%) Average Winner’s Vote Percentage Average Winner’s Receipts from Political Action Committees (PACs) Most Receipts from PACs Candidate with Most PAC Receipts Average Winner’s End-of-year Campaign Balance Biggest End-of-year Campaign Balance Candidate with Largest End-of-year Campaign Balance $7,266,576 $3,864,638 $63,209,506 Jon S.

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