End Citizens United is trying to disclose how vulnerable the US elections are and the Congress is not doing anything about it.
End Citizens United has stated that all were well aware of the Russian involvement in the elections. Only the proof was awaited. Now it has been disclosed that a Russian company having ties with the Kremlin had bought political ads that were meant to sway the presidential election.
End Citizens United further clarified that there is a ban on foreign spending in the US campaigns. But the fact remains that the election laws and enforcement seem to be crumbling. Another fact to be noted is that the efforts of Russia to interfere in the 2016 US campaign were comprehensive as well as highly sophisticated.
But now all have displayed confidence in the efforts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He will be looking into this meddling by Russia. This will help to determine whether Trump’s team had played any part in this Russian trolling. But this has also raised a question on whether Washington will be taking steps to prevent any hostile foreign governments from spending money in the future US elections.
The right-wing politicians along with their special interest allies have been undermining the campaign finance laws for a long time now. In this way, the floodgates have been opened that allow for political spending that is untraceable. In this way, a small group of those who are big money donors are able to tilt the scales in the Senate, in their favor.
This kind of revelation that a foreign government has been able to buy political ads on Facebook depicts the vulnerability of the election system. It indicates how a foreign government, or a foreign corporation, or just one billionaire having a narrow agenda can get access to various levels of power in the US democracy.
The revelations depict a digital ad campaign worth $100,000. This was in 2016 and was done by a Russian troll farm. But this may just be the tip of the iceberg. It will never be known how much money Russia, or any other country, has spent in order to interfere in these elections. There are loopholes in the law. There are gridlocks at the enforcement agencies. This allows individuals as well as corporations to spend without being held accountable for it. This indicates that any hostile country may have spent millions of dollars in the last elections and no one came to know about it.
This is not all. There has been news of another foreign spending before the 2016 elections too. The American Pacific International Capital which is owned and managed by Chinese nationals had contributed $1.3 million to a Super PAC that was supporting Jeb Bush.
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