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

    33 61.11%
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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.
    We need serious campaign reform which takes the millions of dollars out of the equation and makes people run on credible platforms instead of how much money they can pump into mindless advertising that puts them in front of people's eyes. There are ways to make it workable, but like you said, getting it implemented is difficult. Unfortunately, the people who benefit from the system being the way it is right now are the only ones who could change the system and I don't see much hope in that.
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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.

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    I've had that idea before, but I'd require the applicants to meet requirements such as citizenship, education, lack of criminal record, personal stability as measured by financial score and employment history.

    Don't want any flakes who hold a job for less than two years deciding he wants to move to the White House, do we?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    There is nothing in the constitution that properly allows the federal government to limit contributions so the only legitimate answer is NO LIMIT
    DO NOT begin bringing facts into this discussion, okay?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    There is nothing in the constitution that properly allows the federal government to limit contributions so the only legitimate answer is NO LIMIT
    If enough popular support can be drummed up (and it would take a LOT to get past corporate bribery), the constitution can be amended to fix this problem. However the practical chances of it happening approach 0.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    If enough popular support can be drummed up (and it would take a LOT to get past corporate bribery), the constitution can be amended to fix this problem. However the practical chances of it happening approach 0.
    Line Item Veto would be more practical and certainly less destructive to the principles of freedom this country was founded on.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    We need serious campaign reform which takes the millions of dollars out of the equation and makes people run on credible platforms instead of how much money they can pump into mindless advertising that puts them in front of people's eyes. There are ways to make it workable, but like you said, getting it implemented is difficult. Unfortunately, the people who benefit from the system being the way it is right now are the only ones who could change the system and I don't see much hope in that.
    What we need are voters who value their freedom, and who can read and understand their duty is to elect people with credible platforms.

    What we have are illiterates and non-literates and over grown children with access to the ballot box. Frankly, all the in the world that don't address this won't fix the problem.

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

    Corporations exist because the state recognizes them and regulates their behavior. It is completely reasonable that corporate political expenditures can be (and will be) regulated just as commercial speech is regulated today.
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Do you think good leaders are being chosen now?
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    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?
    But those chosen wouldn't get anything done, either, if they only had 3-4 days to get to know each other, decide what issue to work on, and come to some kind of agreement as to how they would work on it. Never happen.
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    Re: How much should corporations be allowed to contribute to political campaigns?

    How to reform elections.

    1) Campaign Tax of $3-$5 to fund ALL state and federal elections.
    2) enforce the publics right to the airwaves and make campaign ads a PSA with each candidate getting X# of 30 second spots at specific times of day; to run concurrently with each other.
    3) Institute Instant Run-off Voting
    4) remove all other funding activities, i.e. no fund raisers.

    This way the public is in control of our elections and all candidates are given equal treatment.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    How to reform elections.

    1) Campaign Tax of $3-$5 to fund ALL state and federal elections.
    2) enforce the publics right to the airwaves and make campaign ads a PSA with each candidate getting X# of 30 second spots at specific times of day; to run concurrently with each other.
    3) Institute Instant Run-off Voting
    4) remove all other funding activities, i.e. no fund raisers.

    This way the public is in control of our elections and all candidates are given equal treatment.
    That's largely what I was going to suggest. I think we need to make the elections about issues, not expenditures. That means nobody can put a penny of their own money into their own campaign (except to donate the the general process that they will eventually get a slice of).

    1) As a consequence of their FCC licenses, all radio and television stations are required to run a certain number of commercials at various times of the day for *ALL* candidates in a particular race. These times are pre-defined so that all candidates will get primetime and off-primetime commercials. Absolutely no negative campaigning is allowed under any circumstances.
    2) We add "none of the above" to the ballot. If "none of the above" wins, a second election will be held 6 weeks later and none of the people on the previous ballot will be considered. Obviously, people didn't want any of them, why run them again?
    3) You can fundraise all you want, but you cannot fundraise for a particular candidate or party. All fundraising revenue is given to the general fund.

    There's probably more to add.
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