Event Title

The Ethics of Super PACs

Research Mentor(s)

Joan Connell

Description

This paper addresses the ethical issues that voters and political candidates face in regards to campaign financing. PACs, or political action committees, have been around since the ‘40s, but Super PACs emerged after the SpeechNow vs the Federal Election Committee and the Citizens United decision. Ethics come into question with Super PACs because they allow organizations and individuals to supply unlimited funds to candidates, they often do not disclose their donors and amount of donations. This lack of transparency is furthering the corruption of our government. With the first presidential campaign since Obama’s administration and since the rise of Super PACs, the upcoming election’s fundraising is under scrutiny. Through several ethical theories and paradigms, this paper seeks to address questions as: Can money by votes? And how much should candidates rely on outside financing?

Document Type

Event

Start Date

19-5-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

19-5-2016 12:00 PM

Location

Journalism

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this documentation for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

Keywords

Ethics, politics, elections, campaigns, PACs, super PACs, financing, campaign financing

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The Ethics of Super PACs

Journalism

This paper addresses the ethical issues that voters and political candidates face in regards to campaign financing. PACs, or political action committees, have been around since the ‘40s, but Super PACs emerged after the SpeechNow vs the Federal Election Committee and the Citizens United decision. Ethics come into question with Super PACs because they allow organizations and individuals to supply unlimited funds to candidates, they often do not disclose their donors and amount of donations. This lack of transparency is furthering the corruption of our government. With the first presidential campaign since Obama’s administration and since the rise of Super PACs, the upcoming election’s fundraising is under scrutiny. Through several ethical theories and paradigms, this paper seeks to address questions as: Can money by votes? And how much should candidates rely on outside financing?