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give 72 of our delegates to the next president of the united states. >> this month, we showcase our steering cam winners. c-span's annual video documentary covered -- competition for middle and high school students. this year's theme is road to the white house. students ask what issues you want presidential candidates to discuss. prize middle school
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winners are from blacksburg, virginia. they want presidential candidates to discuss campaign-finance and money in politics in their video titled, what should be done about money in politics. ♪ >> you see flyers in your mailboxes and advertisements on tv, radio and -- internet. this is how politicians try to get elected, spending millions of dollars on the campaign and as soon as one election ends, fundraising for the next begins. in 2012, the election cost about $2.6 billion. you can't help but wonder, where does this money come from? 68% of election funding is contributed by less than 1% of americans. >> there are people who are
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spending fast sums of money to influence elections. that is provable in our data across the board and that is what democrats and republicans -- people of all political strides. at the end of the day, everyone's focus is the same but ,f you are judging people judging the level of speech people can participate in, there is a very small group of prolific political donors who have greater access to the political system because they have more money. >> if you have one phone call to make, you make that call to a billionaire or to a citizen in your district who will give you $50? unfortunately, we know the answer to that rest in and that is the biggest problem we have in the system. groups can receive instant contributions but in complete
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2000 six, then out of money spent by these organizations was $5.2 million. to2012, that amount jumped $300 million. >> john mccain had raised $300 billion under federal spending limits. we had to raise $1 billion in mind and the numbers will be a good deal larger this time around. i think that is a problem. i think it is a problem to have campaigns limited as to what money they can receive and then works on behalf of the campaign, taking unlimited amounts of money. >> 84% of americans interviewed agree that money has too much power in elections. 2013, an individual person can give up to $2600 to a campaign. money does not always effective outcome, 91% of the time, the better funded campaign wins. does the average american had the same voice in politics as a
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millionaire? i don't think that is the right question we should be asking. do i think the average person has the same influence over politics as the new york times? does the average person have the same influence as fox news or msnbc during the average person has the same influence as c-span? the answer to all of these including your question is no. the interesting question is, do we therefore want to limit the influence and spending of the new york times or fox on political speech? that,eople may want to do but the fact is, the first amendment protects them and once you realize that these --porations i've mentioned that the question that they will have more influence than the
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average person and if that is the standard, then everyone is going to find their speech, all these normal press outlets that we think are important are going to find their speech related, controlled by the federal government and that is not permitted under the first amendment. >> a lot of these corporations are allowed to spend unlimited money to influence the amount of cash influence the outcome of elections. money asd spending free speech so people with more money can buy more speech. it is not as democratic as it should be. >> -- founded by floyd frowned. the group encourages corporate interests and candidates that forward their goals. in 2010, the supreme court case
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called citizens united versus --eral election commission this man had been established by campaign-finance reform is in the 1900s and early 2000's. the case we can earlier laws to make it easier for corporations and other organizations to spend unlimited money to fund political advertisements leading to the elections of specific candidates. >> allows for big corporations to mainline money into these elections. >> federal election campaign act only allows a person to noting $48,000 in total to political candidates. of alabama wanted to give more and in 2014, he decided to fight the fec restrictions. they ended up in the supreme court and the court decided that money is a form of free speech, so the limits were unconstitutional. >> i don't think there should be
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restrictions on how much people should be able to give because money translates -- it is not speech, per se, but money does translate into speech and regulating money or restricting it or prohibiting the spending of money does affect freedom of speech. >> it also plays an important part in politics. disclosure lets the people know who gives money to candidates or groups that support candidates. >> i can say that disclosure helps me do my job better. we are able to map out the influence that arise from the political system. see who is to forwarding what policies and went and this is valuable in the political sphere and to the public, to have that knowledge. >> on the road to the white
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house, the candidates should discuss moneys controversial hold in politics and where we need improvement in the system. people disagree on moneys -- on how moneys role in politics should change. everyone should have a voice in our democracy. >> to watch all of the prize-winning documentaries in this year's student camp competition, visit studentc >> you are on c-span this morning, washington journal is next. after that, the white house and burnitz in her host a discussion on the criminal justice system and its impact on the economy. kasich is that a town hall in rockville, maryland. -- is at >> on today's "washington journal," we will hear from
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michael steele. later on, a look at the affordable care act and its impact on health care in the u.s. over the last few years. we'll be joined by ron pollack who is the executive director for families u.s.a. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016]] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit] host: good morning. it's monday, april 25, 2016. the senate returns today at 3:00 p.m. with votes expected at 5:30. the house will meet this morning and returns tuesday at noon to begin legislative business for the week. but we began right now on the "washington journal" discussing the deal announced last night by the ted cruz and john kasich campaign to coordinate efforts in three states in an attempt to deny donald trump a pass to the g.o.p. presidential nomination. the deal to divvy up oregon, arizona and new mexico by trump
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