Celebrities Are Making Crowdfunding Prominent, And This Is Good For Our Democracy
The Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010 changed the landscape for political giving, making it easier for corporations, unions, and individuals to contribute unlimited amounts of money to specific political and nonprofit organizations. In retrospect, it is no surprise that 78 percent of Americans wish to see the ruling overturned. However, although academics, voters, and progressive elected officials acknowledge that political inequality is a problem in our country, things are not all that bad when it comes to campaign finance. With a growing number of political and issue advocacy campaigns relying on celebrities to crowdfund, a more diverse subset of Americans are making political contributions and therefore participating in our democracy.