According to CNN.com, campaigns are becoming less about the candidate and more about who can finance the candidate they want. In the United States, we see traces of the Great Depression hitting as our economy sinks but somehow supporters are finding money for campaigning. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, $6 billion are estimated to be spent on candidates through campaigns, political parties and large corporations.
However surprising, the United States is not in the forefront of these questionable donations. The United Kingdom shows that total party spending in 2010 campaigning efforts is 26 percent less than that of 2005. The first thought that may come with donations equivalent to $31,000 and $390,000 is what the donators are getting in return. This essentially provokes the wealthy to not bother voting and just bother paying. It also leaves out the voice of a people who cannot afford to pay for such support.
My opinion on this subject is rather daunting and far from what I would expect of myself. However, my question to the people is how we can control these outrageous fundraisers and conduct a fair election based on presidential qualifications. Although all promotion money is, or should be, audited throughout the election, this setup allows the rich to get richer with their candidate who cares for the rich and the poor to get poorer with that very same candidate who believes without money you have no voice. We cannot, however, stop these donations in full because we would breach our rights as Americans. Check out the following link for comparisons of these and other countries campaigning efforts.