View Poll Results: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

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  • No limits. However much money they can manage.

    17 31.48%
  • Up to 100 million dollars

    0 0%
  • up to 50 million dollars

    0 0%
  • Up to 10 million dollars

    0 0%
  • Up to 1 million dollars

    0 0%
  • Up to 500K

    1 1.85%
  • Up to 100K

    0 0%
  • Up to 50K

    1 1.85%
  • Up to $200

    2 3.70%
  • NONE. All political campaigns should be grassroots with money ONLY from the people

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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Personally, I'd rather not allow anyone, corporations or individuals, to contribute anything directly to political candidates, it makes it too easy to buy votes, especially from a corporate standpoint. I'd much rather see people supporting the political system, not individual candidates.
    But then all the power that comes with contributing political funding is placed in the hands of the people who decide who, what where and how it is allocated.

    And takes it away from the voters who donate these days.

    I agree that some reformation of the laws governing campaigns is needed.

    But removing control of their own money in regards to which candidate it goes to is a bad idea, IMO.
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    But then all the power that comes with contributing political funding is placed in the hands of the people who decide who, what where and how it is allocated.

    And takes it away from the voters who donate these days.

    I agree that some reformation of the laws governing campaigns is needed.

    But removing control of their own money in regards to which candidate it goes to is a bad idea, IMO.
    I'm all in favor of creating a central pool where *ANY* contributions go. On a certain date, anyone who is legally registered to run gets an equal cut of the take. I want to see equality in funding so that it's the ISSUES, not the money that decides elections.

    Not that we'll ever see that.
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I'm all in favor of creating a central pool where *ANY* contributions go. On a certain date, anyone who is legally registered to run gets an equal cut of the take. I want to see equality in funding so that it's the ISSUES, not the money that decides elections.

    Not that we'll ever see that.
    That could work, if it could be implemented.

    But I don’t think people would contribute as much, or at all, if they don’t know it is going to a candidate that they support. As a result, any such pool would start shrinking, and then we might get a “campaign tax”.

    Personally, I would much rather money be removed entirely from politics. But how, I have no idea.
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    That could work, if it could be implemented.

    But I don’t think people would contribute as much, or at all, if they don’t know it is going to a candidate that they support. As a result, any such pool would start shrinking, and then we might get a “campaign tax”.

    Personally, I would much rather money be removed entirely from politics. But how, I have no idea.
    Anyone that wanted to run could enter a lottery and the winners could be select by random drawings.

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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Anyone that wanted to run could enter a lottery and the winners could be select by random drawings.
    That might work in the campaign, but no one would go for it, as you would really have no say in which leaders were chosen.

    However, it wouldn't address the control over monetary power that politicians in office have. And their ability to benefit from that control.
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    As long as corporations can benefit via kickbacks by spending money, money will be spent to affect policy/elections, regardless of the law, one way or another.

    The problem is that we have given policy makers in washington the ability the pull so many strings in the private sector in the 1st place.

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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    There is nothing in the constitution that properly allows the federal government to limit contributions so the only legitimate answer is NO LIMIT



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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?
    I think they should be allowed to buy all the commercials/ads they want for a politician as long as it is stated who paid for the ad/commercial, but directly giving to politicians should be seen as nothing more than a bribe. I believe free speech means you can speak ill or speak great about a political candidate just as long as it is not slander.Speech is the articulation of words that are either spoken,written, or sign language. So a ad on tv meets that definition,directly giving money however does not.
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    ....Companies buying contracts via campaign contributions is related to "free speech"? Since when?
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    That might work in the campaign, but no one would go for it, as you would really have no say in which leaders were chosen.
    Do you think good leaders are being chosen now?

    However, it wouldn't address the control over monetary power that politicians in office have. And their ability to benefit from that control.
    Have two lottery drawings per week. Those chosen would only serve three or four days.

    Who is going to spend much money to influence someone that would be out of office in three days? ... See how easy this is?

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