Super PACs should be banned

Super PACs allow people, corporations and unions to make unlimited donations in support of a particular candidate or party with little regulation. According to the Sunlight Foundation, “Outside groups, including super PACs and nonprofit organizations, have spent almost four times more on the 2012 presidential campaign than comparable organizations spent at the same point in the 2008 cycle.”

People don’t like them.

In North Carolina, 63% of the residents surveyed in the Elon University Poll said they should be illegal. Nationally, the number is even higher, according to a poll by the Washington Post-ABC News last month. In that survey, 69% of Americans said Super PACS should be banned.

Even more damning, 69% of respondents in another poll agreed that “new rules that let corporations, unions and people give unlimited money to Super PACs will lead to corruption,” according to the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

We did not ask about corruption, but it is fair to assume that many North Carolinians are thinking about the impact of all that money.

It’s not just Super PACs that North Carolinians want scaled back. Seventy-three percent of respondents in the Elon University Poll think the amount of money corporations can give to political candidates should be limited, and 69% think the amount of money from unions should be limited.

Fifty-four percent of North Carolinians even think the government should limit the amount of money individuals can give.

What does all this mean? North Carolinians have a strong individualistic, egalitarian streak. They don’t like the idea that people with more money have a stronger voice than anyone else in who gets elected.

— John Robinson

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