Coming off the most expensive election in our nation’s history, it seems that big money in politics may become a fixture in our elections. Both parties are back at it again working with super PAC’s to raise money for the upcoming 2014 and 2016 elections. Shortly after the election Nancy Pelosi and other top democrats in government held a secret multi-day meeting with major Democratic donors in an attempt to capitalize on Obamas win by increasing donations. This tactic is often seen with Republicans but is an emerging trend for Democrats.
Although Democrats have seen the influx of big money to help their own party in the past few elections, many still feel a moral dilemma over the issue. Some democrats are worried that super PAC’s and big money are weakening democracy. I agree with this view because it further amplifies inequality in our political system. The use of big money is a way for campaigns to simply buy the election. Those running for office without help from these outside money groups don’t stand a chance and therefore don’t have a voice.
The issue here is that super PAC’s and other outside groups are necessary for Democrats to compete with the better funded multiple super PAC’s of the Republican party. In our current campaign finance atmosphere Democrats have to play along to be competitive. “Democrats need to balance distaste for big money politics with pragmatism.” according to Rodell Mollineau who is the president of American Bridge 21st Century a super PAC that circulated damaging information about GOP candidates in the most recent election. Some democrats are willing to play along for now but hope that they can influence a shift to campaign finance reform. Ironically some super PAC’s such as Friends of Democracy are spending money to support Democratic candidates that will institute campaign finance reform. Democrats can use super PAC’s for now as a way to possibly ban them in the future. For the time being however it seems that the Democrats need to temporarily sacrifice democracy in order to win elections.