With allegations of corruption flying from both sides during the final presidential debate, shady activities of both candidates are drawing attention as election day approaches. But what are the accusations of corruption facing the two candidates?
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Joe Biden has received large campaign donations and voted controversially on key issues. His son Hunter is also at the centre of several corruption scandals.
Joe Biden has a history of taking large campaign contributions and paying them back in the form of votes that do not benefit ordinary Americans.
The credit card company MBNA was a major financial supporter of Biden, providing him with over $200,000 in campaign funds in the two decades leading up to his election as Vice President. Whilst Joe Biden’s son Hunter was earning an undisclosed amount in a consulting role at MBNA, Joe Biden supported and authored legislation promoted by the credit card industry and opposed by consumer groups. Not only did the bill make it harder for Americans to reduce their debts, Biden split with Obama on this issue, who voted against it.
Biden has also received large donations from major corporations, and told Wall Street supporters that “nothing would fundamentally change” for them if he became president. Corporate donors do not contribute huge sums to politicians for nothing - they expect to receive benefit in the form of favourable policies and legislation. By accepting so much money from corporate interests, Biden is betraying his voters and acting out of corrupt self-interest.
Joe Biden’s support of the bill backed by the credit card industry was not a result of Hunter’s employment or their financial support - he wanted to support a large employer based in his home state. It is not corrupt for politicians to establish good relationships with businesses to support jobs and prosperity. We should also not criticise campaigns for accepting large donations - this should be seen as a positive endorsement of their policies.