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ELECTIONS: Campaign funding needs to be abolished

Letter by Leroy (Bud ) Crest, Packwood on April 29, 2010 at 10:59 am with 2 Comments »
April 29, 2010 11:30 am

What is the difference between the graft used by politicians in third world countries and by the way we finance candidates who run for office?

Because it is so expensive to run for office, our Congress seems to be more concerned about raising money and keeping their funders happy than they are in making decisions on what is right for Americans as a whole.

In regards to creating more transparency in Wall Street as an example, neither party, yesterday or today, wants to do much that is different than their funding base wants them to make. This of course leads to political deadlocks and bad legislation.

We need to find a better way. Perhaps this means we need a new way to finance campaigns.

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  1. The maverick took care of this issue years ago.

  2. craftsman says:

    What needs to happen is eliminating campaigning, period.
    Reduce it down to 30 days before election day, one debate with all candidates.
    Anyone caught campaigning before 30 days will be fined, severely.
    Limit the funds that can be spent to 1 million, which has to be in the bank before campaigning begins.
    Every nickel of that must be accounted for, where it came from and where it was spent.
    Policies and positions will be printed in a book and distributed to inform the voters.
    Blowhards like beck and limbagh will be fined or removed from the air waves (until after the election) if they mention or ‘campaign’ for one person or degrade another.

    Problem solved.

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