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ELECTION: Beware of super PAC money

Letter by Beverly P. Isenson, Steilacoom on June 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm with 7 Comments »
June 12, 2012 2:41 pm

I’ve been severely disappointed with how many political candidates are taking advantage of super PACs and the unlimited amount of money they can provide.

Super PACs are harming our democracy. They are funded by anonymous donors. With mystery money, voters have no idea who is trying to influence our decision. This secret money goes against the very tenets of fair democratic elections.

Congressional candidate Denny Heck has pledged to keep super PACs out of Washington state. Every honest candidate should take that same pledge. With secret money funneled through super PACs, how can we ordinary voters know who to trust?

When the majority of a candidate’s money comes from a group that won’t admit to being affiliated with the campaign, that is nothing more than a hit-and-run job. With all the money being poured into a campaign from outside sources like super PACs, issues that are important to us are not likely to get much attention.

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  1. menopaws says:

    Just today in our paper was an article from another paper wondering why all those “anonymous” Romney donors have yet to be named, as both Bush and McCain did during their campaigns………these super PAC’s scare the hell out of me—foreign money being funneled in, I am sure…….I don’t like other countries buying our elections………

  2. SwordofPerseus says:

    Mitt_robbed_me said “Corporations are people my friends.” Why would anyone vote for this corporate shill?

    Wouldn’t Congress be surprised if everyone voted green party.

  3. averageJoseph says:

    Where do you think Obama got all his money last time around. He agreed w/McCain to only accept public campaign financing and then reneged. Kooky huh? You can google it.

  4. menopaws says:

    So what Joseph??? He still disclosed the names of his big donors, as did both Bush and McCain………why won’t Mr. Romney do the same????

  5. averageJoseph says:

    “So what”? Good one.

  6. Oh please, menopaws, stop with the hyperbole. Obama didn’t fully disclose his whales (bundlers) until sometime in late July or August during the 2008 election.

    Here’s an article dated July 11, 2008, calling for just such releases by both the McCain and Obama campaigns:


    The Obama campaign is just jumping out ahead of Romney because it earns them a merit cudgel with which his allies in the liberal press can beat on the Romney campaign (Lord knows he needs one). Also, most all of Obama’s bundlers are the same ones from the 2008 election anyway, so no mystery.

    If your point is that the Obama campaign is somehow more virtuous, it’s lost on the fact that they collected nearly 2/3 of their ’08 donations via the internet, where contributors were merely asked to “check a box” declaring their US citizenship.

  7. alindasue says:

    “…how can we ordinary voters know who to trust?”

    Trust no one. Stop relying on commercials and advertising for your political “facts” and “endorsements” to make your mind up for you. If we all do our research and think for ourselves, it really doesn’t matter who sent how much to directly or indirectly support whoever’s campaign.

    In the end, even the largest campaign donors only have one vote each at the ballot box – just like the rest of us.

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