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  •  We need public funding of elections. (3+ / 0-)
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    No Exit, apimomfan2, eps62

    Why should our democracy be a profit center for corporations?

    •  The elections ARE publicly funded (1+ / 0-)
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      Jerry J

      It's public money that pays for the polling places, people to work there, the machines to count the votes, etc. etc.

      It's the advertising that's privately funded -- and frankly I'm not sure I want public funding of that, a major subsidy to private broadcasting entities. It's like the July 4th fireworks; the town pays for the fireworks, the vendors who sell the hot dogs are private.

      Exit polls are not part of the public function -- if they were, we'd have the Census Bureau or someone like that do them. They are designed so that the networks can call the election as soon as the polls close, to make better prime-time television.

      •  no one said anything about a major subsidy... (2+ / 0-)
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        YucatanMan, eps62

        we've given the f@ckers broadcast licenses, we can make them devote x amount of free time to out political system.

        at this time there is no question our democracy is a profit center for corporations.  that's why they bought it.

        it's time to kick their snouts out of the trough.

        A standing army is like a standing member. It's an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure. Elbridge Gerry - Constitutional Convention (1787)

        by No Exit on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 10:04:57 AM PDT

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        •  This is off base (1+ / 0-)
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          Newspapers do not have broadcast licenses.

          Nor do cable networks.

          For that matter, neither do broadcast networks, except insofar as they own a handful of stations in large markets.

          In any event, it would be counterproductive to force those broadcast stations to subsidize data that would then be pretty much given to their cable counterparts who make money from both advertising and subscriber fees.  It also seems manifestly unfair.

          Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

          by TexasTom on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 11:50:08 AM PDT

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      •  Nonsense, the candidates should not have to turn (2+ / 0-)
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        YucatanMan, eps62

        to Fat Cats for cash. In the UK the government pays for TV, in Japan after a number of huge election scandals the government pays per head for campaign expenditures.
        McCain once said that most candidates spend all their time raising money, not reading bills or writing policy.
        No public financing results in massive legal corruption.

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