(BUSINESS INSIDER) — The impact of money on politics in the United States is a hotly debated topic these days as tens of millions of dollars flow freely into the presidential election as a result of the Citizen United decision handed down by the Supreme Court. The high court’s ruling allows individuals and corporations to donate unlimited amounts of money to Super PACs that support individual candidates. (See: Super PACs: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s — Well, It’s complicated)
To date, many millionaires and billionaires have contributed to the candidate of their choice, and companies have done the same. Many Super PAC critics argue that this influx of money will tip the election results in the favor of whoever can raise the most money, essentially buying the election.
But that is not the only issue to be concerned about, says ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The American people should be concerned about what these donors may eventually ask for in return for their financial support, especially those who are registered lobbyists, or people whose job it is to persuade lawmakers to craft legislation to the benefit of their employers.