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

Voters
54. You may not vote on this poll
  • 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%
Page 5 of 9 FirstFirst ... 34567 ... LastLast
Results 41 to 50 of 82

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

  1. #41
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    06-23-10 @ 11:33 AM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    2,320

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    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.
    So you don't think it's bad for the people if a corporation or a cadre of corporations conspire to buy up all the ad time in a particular region, not just to flood the market with their ads but to prevent opposition ads from running at all. Don't the people suffer via lack of information?

  2. #42
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    06-23-10 @ 11:33 AM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    2,320

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Line Item Veto would be more practical and certainly less destructive to the principles of freedom this country was founded on.
    Only because congress can't be trusted to pass bills without pork. The line item veto is bad for democracy because it gives even more power to the executive branch. A better solution is to end pork. Let the Bills pass or fail based on the content of the legislation and not on the bribes in it.

  3. #43
    Sage
    Cephus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    CA
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 08:51 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Conservative
    Posts
    29,749

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo
    Again there's this thing called free speech.
    Free speech is never unlimited.

    But I doubt you'll find non-politicians attending.
    Then I guess all the political campaigns will be underfunded and that's fine with me too.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

    Blog me! YouTube me! VidMe me!

  4. #44
    Sporadic insanity normal.


    The Mark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 01:46 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    19,736

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    Only because congress can't be trusted to pass bills without pork. The line item veto is bad for democracy because it gives even more power to the executive branch. A better solution is to end pork. Let the Bills pass or fail based on the content of the legislation and not on the bribes in it.
    You are talking a major restructuring of the entire system of power in this country.

    I like it.

    But DAMN it will take some doing.
    Education.

    Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller

  5. #45
    Guru
    repeter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    California
    Last Seen
    07-15-14 @ 12:06 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    3,445

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

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    You are talking a major restructuring of the entire system of power in this country.

    I like it.

    But DAMN it will take some doing.
    There is no legal way to do it. You can't depend on the Congressmen to just start being better people, and you can't really get them all out of office fast enough for it to work.

    What might honestly be better, is to establish a smaller, smarter power base to control the USA for a short period of time, and (dependent on the power base) re-establish government. But then you need to have the small group of people who take over be absolutely the best in the country, but if they are, thigns most likely will work out after that...

    The people need to rise up, displace the government, and retake it for themselves, preferrably bloodlessly, having our Congress retire, and just watch politics.
    Veni. Vidi. Vici.
    -Gaius Julius Caesar
    The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself.
    -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  6. #46
    Sage
    Cephus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    CA
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 08:51 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Conservative
    Posts
    29,749

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

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    You are talking a major restructuring of the entire system of power in this country.

    I like it.

    But DAMN it will take some doing.
    Unfortunately, we need it. We don't need to restructure it, we just need to return it to the way it was intended to be, before money and power and career politicians got in the way.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

    Blog me! YouTube me! VidMe me!

  7. #47
    Sage
    Harry Guerrilla's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Not affiliated with other libertarians.
    Last Seen
    09-01-17 @ 02:38 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian
    Posts
    28,955

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    Not a single thin dime. First and foremost, political contributions are not speech. Second, corporations are not people. If the people who own the corporation want to make contributions to political campaigns, they can donate their own money.
    Exactly right.
    I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
    —Adam Shepard

  8. #48
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    06-23-10 @ 11:33 AM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    2,320

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

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    You are talking a major restructuring of the entire system of power in this country.

    I like it.

    But DAMN it will take some doing.
    What it takes is for people to wake up and realize that corporations are not the gods of America and should have a lot less power than they have. Once people connect the dots and stop voting against their financial interests then we can start the process of extracting the corporate power from our government.

    The thing that I find most intriguing is listening to the Washington Journal in the mornings. I hear people, both repubs and democrats, complain about all the damage jobs being shipped overseas but only some of the democrats actually blame the corporations and none of the repubs.

  9. #49
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Last Seen
    06-23-10 @ 11:33 AM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    2,320

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Unfortunately, we need it. We don't need to restructure it, we just need to return it to the way it was intended to be, before money and power and career politicians got in the way.
    Those things have always been intertwined with governing. The problem is that we let it get so far out of hand that we lost control.

  10. #50
    Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Last Seen
    09-22-10 @ 04:36 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    11,430

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

    Quote Originally Posted by NoJingoLingo View Post
    Those things have always been intertwined with governing. The problem is that we let it get so far out of hand that we lost control.
    Explain how the freedom of speech gets "out of hand", and when was it "controlled" in this country.

    Are you referring to the Alien and Sedition Acts?

Page 5 of 9 FirstFirst ... 34567 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •