What if. . . Spending Limits Were Placed on Campaigns?
This is a good question because the Supreme Court has over the years consistently allowed for contribution limits on individuals and corporations, but has disallowed spending limits on political campaigns. Many people believe the influence of money on politics is the root cause of corruption (or one of them). Therefore, if you limited campaign spending politicians would be less beholden to fundraisers (often lobbyists) or other sources of money. As a practical matter, politicians would also spend less time raising money and presumably more time working directly for their constituents on issues.
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Many people believe the influence of money on politics is the root cause of corruption (or one of them). Others believe that spending money on political campaigns is vital to freedom of speech. This solution looks at some of the arguments for and against spending limits and the possible pros and cons of each.