It would only be a matter of time before it is confirmed that a Russian company that has connection to Kremin bought political ads meant to influence the presidential election. The efforts by Russia to interfere with the 2016 elections were sophisticated and comprehensive despite the ban on foreign countries spending on campaigns. The election laws and enforcement policy crumbled.
There is a lot of confidence in Robert Muller and his team that their investigation will determine whether or not Donald Trump’s team assisted the Russian firm which meddled with the elections. Politicians have ignored the existing financial laws for many years and have opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending which cannot be traced. This allows money donors to tilt scales to their favor as they have created a rigged system.
The confirmation of the presence of political ads that have been bought by the government is an indication of how vulnerable the elections have become and how the country is not ready to handle the current situation. Billionaires and foreign governments have access to the levers of power of the country’s democracy.
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The interference is traced back to a 2016 digital ad campaign worth $100,000 yet the exact amount spent to interfere with the election by Russia or any other country might never be determined since the loopholes of the law at the enforcement agencies allow people to spend with no accountability. Before news of Russia’s interference with the elections, there were some other findings.
A Chinese owned company that is incorporated in California known as Pacific International Capital took advantage of the loophole to contribute $1.3 million in support of Jeb Bush. This could just be a tip of the iceberg on the revelation of the secret donations which are difficult to track. FEC reports that there are fifteen cases of illegal foreign campaign spending. Washington is not short of solutions but it lacks the courage as there are many ideas and proposals of how to close the existing loopholes.
For many years, Democrats have been trying to overcome the DISCLOSE Act of the Republicans that would obligate groups to disclose all secret political spending. Democrats have re-introduced the By the People reform package that includes the constitutional amendment to overturn united citizen and misguided Supreme Court measures.
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