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Campaign funding

Should campaign funding be limited? If yes, then how would do it in today's world?
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sbdt8631Commented:
Yes.  Forbid TV advertising and there would be little need for extensive campaign fundraising.  Then cap campaign spending to a fixed amount for various races that is low enough to allow any viable candidate to achieve the level.
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dhsindyRetiredCommented:
Forbid TV advertising?  Most of our citizens are to ignorant to read or to lazy to research.  The only way they will hear anything is TV/Radio audio.  And, they still don't know who is for which issues.  It is just a photogenic contest between a couple of political puppets.  The people with real money have already made their purchases.
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EricLynnWrightCommented:
>>Should campaign funding be limited?

No.  The media is 90% liberal and hence dominate the message.  

Limiting would (1) give the left a bigger advantage than they have now and (2) would allow only the ultra rich to compete.

It's something that sounds good on the surface but would backfire.
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beetosCommented:
How would limiting campaign funding only allow the utra rich to compete?  It seems like that's what we have now, with the ultra rich spending record amounts via super pac's, and thus drowning out the voice of less wealthy individuals.


Campaigns absolutely should be limited - 1 pool for all campaigns, and limited but equal airtime for each candidate or party.

In this day and age of technology, there should also be a single website where each candidate can lay out his platform and proposals so voters can be quickly informed without the distorted messages we see on TV.
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Anthony RussoCommented:
I don't think limiting funding would do any good. They are going to have backways to get their message out and raise and spend money.
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beetosCommented:
Getting the money out of politics would be like trying to get sand out of the desert!
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leonstrykerAuthor Commented:
TV advertising, hah! How would you limit online political advertising? Personally I think we should throw away all the rules all together in regard to political ads. Let them spend money as they see fit, they do so anyway.
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EricLynnWrightCommented:
>>How would limiting campaign funding only allow the utra rich to compete?  

Romney, John Kerry and other rich politicians can use their own money to run ads.  Less wealthy have no way to counter.


>>Personally I think we should throw away all the rules all together in regard to political ads. Let them spend money as they see fit, they do so anyway.

Agree


>>I don't think limiting funding would do any good. They are going to have backways to get their message out and raise and spend money.

Agree
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sbdt8631Commented:
>>TV advertising, hah!

That is where the majority of spending occurs.

>>They are going to have backways to get their message out and raise and spend money.

There are always ways to get around the rules.  That doesn't make it futile to try.  You could still limit spending and level the playing field somewhat.

>>How would you limit online political advertising?

People online read. It is a requirement.  They are potentially less susceptible to advertising that completely distorts the facts.  Unlike some TV viewers.
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Anthony RussoCommented:
>>There are always ways to get around the rules.  That doesn't make it futile to try.  You could still limit spending and level the playing field somewhat.

It is wise to choose your battles. This is a losing proposition and would do nothing to level the playing field as the richest ones would be the ones that are able to find the loopholes around the rules, just like taxes work now.
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leonstrykerAuthor Commented:
It is wise to choose your battles. This is a losing proposition and would do nothing to level the playing field as the richest ones would be the ones that are able to find the loopholes around the rules, just like taxes work now.

Same argument for legalizing drugs btw :)
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sbdt8631Commented:
>>Same argument for legalizing drugs btw

And yet that idea too is gaining traction.  Just because someone can find ways to bend the rules doesn't make the rules totally ineffective.
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Anthony RussoCommented:
We can't limit campaign funding! We would miss all these enjoyable and totally truthful ads then:

Romney Pollster: We Won’t ‘Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact-Checkers’ | Mediaite : http://www.mediaite.com/online/romney-pollster-we-wont-let-our-campaign-be-dictated-by-fact-checkers/
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