As a nation we live and learn. Elections need protection from influence.
We set legal limits on campaign donations in 1924.
We enacted the Federal Election Campaign Act [FECA] in 1972.
We set up the FEC [Federal Election Commission] in 1974.
We approved the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002, also known as “McCain-Feingold”. It prohibited unregulated contributions (commonly referred to as “soft money”) to national political parties.
Then Obama got elected in 2008. His campaign sent a shock-wave though the right wing. They could no longer compete with Democrats in elections.
So in 2010 with Citizens United and again today, the right wing Supreme Court said “fuck all that reality and prudent judgment, let’s invent some made up world where unlimited ‘soft’ money makes sense and let’s throw all the previous laws out and create new laws from the bench as activist judges.”
We now live in a campaign world created by five conservative votes on the Supreme Court. No Congress. No President. No voters.