Pay-to-play is criticized for undermining the idea of equal representation and the public’s confidence in the democratic process.
Government contracts should be awarded to businesses who deliver the greatest products at the lowest costs, not to those that have donated to candidates for office
The impartiality and openness of decision-making processes are seriously questioned when money or favors are traded for political influence and access.
Campaign finance regulations and transparency legislation are two measures used to stop pay-to-play, but the problem is still complicated and contentious.
"The public’s confidence in the democratic process may be weakened by the idea that individuals with more money have greater access to and influence over elected officials.
Critics claim that pay-to-play politics might result in choices that put the requirements of affluent contributors or special interest groups ahead of the interests of the general public.