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Contractors should be scrutinized

Contractors should be scrutinized

From 2000 to 2012, national campaign expenses in presidential election years more than doubled from $3 billion to about $6.5 billion per year. Experts attribute much of this remarkable increase in campaign spending to the impact of two recent Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United v. FEC (2010), and McCutcheon v. FEC (2014), that allowed unlimited independent spending by corporations and eliminated the aggregate limit on direct personal campaign contributions in national elections, respectively.

Americans recognize increasingly that "big money" distorts the will of the American people, whose voices are overwhelmed by the ads, direct mail and other publicity paid for by...