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Naturally with such a broad topic, you will get a variety of answers. This is to be expected. For my part, I would suggest that the influence of money in politics and, in particular campaign fund-raising, represents some of the most important aspects of organized political development in the 20th Century. Money in politics had not been anything new. Campaign finance reform was attempted as far back as the 19th Century. Yet, the growing presence of money and, in particular, candidates moving towards it and the voices behind it has become one of the most intense issues of organized political development in the last 3 to 4 decades. The role of money in the campaigning process and in the role of crafting and designing legislation has occupied such a tremendous role because it dominates American government. Political lobbying has become part of what American democracy is. This represents how money and wealth have dominated the theoretical constitutional democracy, the example to the rest of the world. Some would argue that the role and presence of money in both governing and political campaigning have transformed America into a type of oligarchy and moved it away from a participatory democracy. This represents one of the most important aspects of organized political development seen in the last century and continuing into this one.
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