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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    If corporations were not allowed to contribute money to politics then I would have no problem eliminating corporate taxes. As it stands, corporations are treated as individuals and given all the Constitutional protections of individuals, and so if they gave up that power, I would see no reason to tax them.
    Taxation without representation. So if corporations can't support their desired representation, then it would be unfair to tax them.

    According to this FEC regulation, corporations and unions are currently prohibited from making political contributions: Citizens' Guide
    The law also prohibits contributions from corporations and labor unions.
    Considering this thread's topic, I would like some clarification on how the corporations and unions are currently skating around the federal restriction. Do they have individuals set up committees and then they fund the committee?

    Regardless, even if we allowed the two to make contributions, how would we decide the maximum contribution amount, like individuals have maximum contribution amounts.

    And, to support representation of taxation, do we then give corporations the right to vote, and, if so, how many votes does a corporation get.

    This could become involved.

    Keeping this all fair would be a challenge.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    Taxation without representation. So if corporations can't support their desired representation, then it would be unfair to tax them.

    According to this FEC regulation, corporations and unions are currently prohibited from making political contributions: Citizens' Guide
    Considering this thread's topic, I would like some clarification on how the corporations and unions are currently skating around the federal restriction. Do they have individuals set up committees and then they fund the committee?

    Regardless, even if we allowed the two to make contributions, how would we decide the maximum contribution amount, like individuals have maximum contribution amounts.

    And, to support representation of taxation, do we then give corporations the right to vote, and, if so, how many votes does a corporation get.

    This could become involved.

    Keeping this all fair would be a challenge.
    PACs, soft money, independent expenditures, lobbying, issue ads, and now due to the recent Supreme Court ruling, unlimited corporate spending on elections.

    Corporations already have personhood under law.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Would you support an amendment to the United States Constitution which would bar corporations and unions from financially contributing to elections?

    Why or why not?
    I would, as long as it applied to every kind of orginization: special interests, lobbying firms, non-profits, you name it. Also, i would support it if it made foreign donations illegal.

    Oh, and if you don't pay taxes, are on welfare, or collect any kind of government assistance, grant, or loan, you can't donate to a political campaign.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Who would donate to a fund that's going to be just as evenly distributed to the guy you don't want to win?
    Those who need PR or are socially responsible. That guy that you do not want to win should be voted down, not taken down by giving the favored person more money. If someone 'wins' because they had more money to mount a campaign, how is that Democracy? The decision on who may win a election should never be based on money it should only be decided in the ballot box.

    And relax I am opposed to redistribution of wealth, well except in the case commerce and labor. After all working and selling and buying is what makes the world go around.

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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    PACs, soft money, independent expenditures, lobbying, issue ads, and now due to the recent Supreme Court ruling, unlimited corporate spending on elections.

    Corporations already have personhood under law.
    Okay, then to be clear, what is your answer and why to the OP?
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    now due to the recent Supreme Court ruling, unlimited corporate spending on elections.
    Unlimited spending on speech is what the SCOTUS ruled. Not contributions to candidates. Those are still regulated the same as before.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freedom From al View Post
    If someone 'wins' because they had more money to mount a campaign, how is that Democracy?
    BECAUSE THE VOTERS STILL CHOSE HIM!!!!!

    If the voters prefer the guy who blasts the most TV ads at them, that's their choice!
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Would you support an amendment to the United States Constitution which would bar corporations and unions from financially contributing to elections?

    Why or why not?
    Corporate and union money are still banned from donating money to candidates or parties. Citizen's United did not change that.

    Citizens United only said that corporations (and unions) have freedom of speech, and can spend money on political speech. And I would oppose any amendment to change that.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I would absolutely support it. I think campaign money should come from US taxpayers funnelled through the Federal government. A certain amount of money allotted and, within certain guidelines, given out in percentages depending on results of primary elections.

    Imagine that. Nobody can buy an election!!

    McCain spent $300 million
    Obama spent $600 million

    My world:

    McCain spends $300 million
    Obama spends $300 million

    'Course my world ain't ever gunna' happen...
    Um, that's still $600 million. Where's that come from?
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontologuy View Post
    Okay, then to be clear, what is your answer and why to the OP?
    The way I see it, our current two party system is ultimately what has lead to the financial crisis we face today. That system was largely cemented by the 1979 amendments to the Federal Elections Campaign Act and the subsequent exploitation of loopholes by special interest groups. As it is now, to be elected to office you need the financial support of major corporations or unions and so long before the voters ever get a chance to vote on candidates, the ones who would not support corporate and union interests have been filtered out. As such we can only choose between candidates who serve the interest of their financial backers and political party, not the interests of the country. Without an amendment to the Constitution to change this problem, we will continue the dog and pony show where we pretend we have a representative democracy, when in reality it is a representative corpotocracy.
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