• Big Money and the Presidency

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    This 5 page paper examines the idea that if big money holds power in the nation, it really does not matter who is elected president. The presidency is examined as well as how much influence money has in campaigns. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

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    the United States Presidential Election?" It is a good question. To add to that idea, Wayne (2000)blatantly asks: "Can money buy elections?" (p.27). In fact, it has long been argued  that the nation is really run by the elite and that party affiliation simply does not matter. One can see this in the fact that while the rich are aligned  with the Republican party for example, the Kennedy clan boasts big money as well as political power. While it is true that the Kennedys are long time democrats, their followers  do not have a problem with the family owning a huge compound and possessing a massive amount of wealth. Similarly, recent presidential candidate John Kerry is married to the Heinz  fortune and seems largely out of touch with how the average American lives. Throughout the years, it has been noted that while many rich Republicans run the government, the democrats  are also rich or usually are by the end of their political stint. This is particularly true if they do well. One only has to look at the Clintons to  see this in progress. While neither Bill or Hillary were born with silver spoons, each possess a high degree of intelligence and ambition. They made it through excellent schools and  law school to boot. It seems that this power couple--a president and a senator--are making a lot of money off of their fame. In essence, they are becoming the elite  that they hold grudgingly in their rhetoric. Although an inherent contradiction--if the democrats side with the poor and average, how can they have money?--this contradiction exists for the Hollywood crowd  as well. Most actors and entertainers seem to support the Democratic party. This is true even though they have a great deal of wealth. Big business is aligned with the 

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