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For this week’s discussion post, I chose” Dark money groups have spent nearly $1 billion so far to boost GOP Senate candidates.” This was by NPR, an independent, non-profit media organization to create a more informed public. The article states by explaining how $1.6 billion has been spent on TV ads for Senates races and most of that money is coming from dark money outside groups with little-to-no-donor transparency. Understanding how much money these parties use is very important since voting is right around the corner. Nearly $1 billion was used for Republican Senate candidates and 86% of the money is going for Republican TV ads. Thus, the top spender on the Democratic side is Senate Majority PAC, which has ties to the Senate Chuck Schumer which has spent $145 million in six states. There will be more than $9 billion will be spent on federal elections for the Senate and House races.
These are the top 10 states that have the most spending on TV ads
1. Georgia: $258 million
2. Pennsylvania: $241 million
3. Arizona: $213 million
4. Wisconsin: $204 million
5. Nevada: $171 million
6. Ohio: $167 million
7. New Hampshire: $128 million
8. North Carolina: $113 million
9. Florida: $66 million
10. Colorado: $40 million
I chose this article for this week’s discussion post because it relates to this week’s chapter which relates to the key concepts of dark money and PAC. It also relates to the topic because it informs us about the candidates that may not be good candidates based on the funding they might use because of dark money. Thus, we should be aware of these factors and research them before we vote blindly.
Managers must understand the political environment and be active and effective participants in the public policy process. They need to ensure that their company is seen as a relevant stakeholder when government officials make public decisions and must be familiar with the many ways that businesses can influence these decisions. The opportunities afforded businesses to participate in the public process differ from nation to nation. Sound business strategies depend on an understanding of these differences, enabling businesses to manage worldwide business-government relations effectively.
Provide similarities to other topics and/or articles and provide references?
Discuss strengths or weaknesses of the post with evidence?