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

    Absolutly.
    1.) No body can buy an election
    2.) Can end corporate influence on elections


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

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    But, if you restrict political donations to individuals, removing the ability of corporations, unions, special interests, non-profits, etc., you can help insure that politicians aren't beholding to those orginizations.
    Why stop there? Why should they be beholden to rich individuals who can afford to give money?

    In fact, what happens is that those of us without much money can pool it by giving it to a group and give it to a candidate so it helps them compete, and without having to go raise it from each one of us.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    1.) No body can buy an election
    That's true now. You have to get the most votes.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    I would support stopping the contributions because it would mean less money for constant bombardment of voters with negative ads and half-truths/lies.
    And also the truth.

    It would also level the playing field somewhat between those with support of the rich and powerful and those with the support of the normal people.
    No, it would leave the rich the only ones with money to spend (on their own campaigns). Oops.
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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...
    I answered no, but for different reasons:

    As long as campaign finance laws are applied equally to a corporation or a union then I'm fine with it.

    I.E. - if I, Brian, can only contribute $2,500 to a campaign - then Bank of America or the AFL-CIO should also only be able to donate $2,500 to a campaign - and that would include any "soft" support (i.e. - commercials, etc.).

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

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Your source is completely wrong.

    Citizen's United is one of the most misunderstood decisions ever. It did NOT free corporations to give directly to candidates.
    You got some documentation to support that? Because the Libbos have been wetting their pants for months, over this; it would be a huge relief to find out they simply misunderstood all this time.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    The USA is so corrupt that it is disgusting...

    Corporations and Unions unfairly influence the government with their money and power. Money and power that most of us will never have and consequently, the government cares more about them than us. That is not what is in our best interest, as we can see by the failing market, the bail outs etc. etc. etc.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    No, because no politician in their right mind would choose a limited fund over an unlimited amount.
    Well except that the public money would be guaranteed, whereas there are no guarantees that you'd be able to raise the same amount privately.

    The whole point to my idea is to eliminate private money from politics completely, so any form of private money makes screws the pooch with me.
    And part of my political involvement includes donating to campaigns I support, but not donating to those I don't. I'm not interested at all in turning that over to the fed government instead.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    I didn't pay for votes. I paid for the people who could run.
    No, in your example, you paid for votes.

    That is what you don't get. The candidates you see on TV are only the ones who can obtain the funding from corporations, unions, and other special interests groups. The other candidates are filtered out because they can't obtain the funding from those groups. As such we only get to vote between candidates who are already in the pockets of corporations, unions, and other special interests groups.
    About 60-75% of campaign money comes from individuals, not groups. And the groups support candidates on all sides. And the voters can choose anyone they want, not just the ones they see on TV. They have the choice. If it takes money to get elected, that's because of the voters.
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    Re: Would you support an amendment barring corporate and union money from elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Why stop there? Why should they be beholden to rich individuals who can afford to give money?

    Why that's individual limits are in place, as I agree they should be.

    In fact, what happens is that those of us without much money can pool it by giving it to a group and give it to a candidate so it helps them compete, and without having to go raise it from each one of us.
    Then, that group becomes a player. If those of us without much money just donate directly to the campaign of our choice, our candidate still gets the money.
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