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norm25

No private finance for politicians.

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Let the little man be funded. Let's just publicly fund all runs.President to city alderman no difference.

Everyone running for the spot gets equal TV time and funding no matter how much money you can raise. Do you think this would work or not and why?

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I doubt it would work because the only way it would be fair across the board is if all money raised were put into an "election fund" to which everyone could draw on it. OR someone evenly distributed it.

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I don't think it would work under our current constitution. The fund would need to be insanely large to counter balance all private cash that would seep into the system - piles of private cash will be spent on free speech activities any way you dice it.

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I don't think it would work under our current constitution. The fund would need to be insanely large to counter balance all private cash that would seep into the system - piles of private cash will be spent on free speech activities any way you dice it.

Good, if the money pools were smaller we would not have to watch as many of those danged political commercials during election time.

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I would love to see that. I don't think it would ever happen, but it would be nice.

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Sounds great in theory.

But what do you do with 3rd party persons? Do they also get the funding? I think there was 5 or 6 different candidates for president on the ballot this year.

What about the ads we see that say they are not endorsed by any candidate, and are funded by 3rd party companies? These will always remain. The biggest I think were the "swift boat" ads during the previous election.

I guess I don't think it would work, and who would want to donate money to their person's competition?

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I like the idea but it will be tough to get it anywhere. We really need some sort, any sort of campaign finance reform. Norm your idea would definitely help limit the chances of another 30 minute long campaign ad. We dont want 30 minute campaign ads become a regular thing.

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Actually, I would like to see ALL contributions limited to one time contribution, no more than 100 dollars, must be personal contributions and not from corporations and/or unions.

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How about they pay for their own campaigns but institute caps on the amounts that can be spent.

There is too much private campaign money floating around out there that is simply lost or accidentally placed in the wrong bank account. wink

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Actually, I would like to see ALL contributions limited to one time contribution, no more than 100 dollars, must be personal contributions and not from corporations and/or unions.

I like that idea. For one thing it could go a long way toward reducing conjecture toward favoritism. Take it a step further and it must not come from any cooperative, organization, corporation, non-profit, church, union, or any group larger than 1.

Bob

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