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  •   Money buys what those with money lack (14+ / 0-)

    Campaign money buys people learning things good about a candidate, and negative things about your opponent.  If the other side has a way to get their message out, the advantage of money disappears.  Once you saturate voters with your message, additional dollars are wasted.

    Campaigns cost more today because big media campaigns are expensive, but those campaigns can be beaten as long as you have other ways to get your message out.  Person to person contact is more powerful than ads.  It also increases turnout. But the ability to do that requires developing organizations (whether formal or informal) that can facilitate it. That these activists weren't able to win this battle does not mean they needed more money (although that probably would have helped). It likely means we still have a ways to go in building the sort of local level organizations that powered the conservative movement long before they were so well funded by corporate money.

    If we build electoral strategies that depend on people power rather than financial power, far less money will be needed. But that takes organization - it cannot be built over in each electoral cycle (or campaign).

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity.

    by David Kaib on Wed Sep 28, 2011 at 04:38:57 PM PDT

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