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  •  There is a difference between raise and (1+ / 0-)
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    collect, you know. We raise crops and children. It takes time and some effort. Begging money for a political campaign mostly involves the gift of gab.
    Raising money isn't even comparable to dough rising, since the latter is the result of yeasties doing their thing.

    A dollar is a certified obligation and implies a commitment. Which suggests that the dollar ought to be treated with more seriousness. Every dollar McAuliffe collects is a debt owed. Whom does he owe? If it's citizens, it's one thing. If it's corporations (artificial bodies) it's another.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 05:17:46 AM PST

    •  It's Virginia (6+ / 0-)

      There are no dollar limits on what individuals or corporations can give to a candidate, and that means, unfortunately, that if we don't play by the same rules the GOP does -- if we artificially hamstring ourselves -- we will almost certainly lose.

      •  The notion that dollars equal votes is really (0+ / 0-)

        an insult to the electorate -- not an argument that is going to convince people to see things the democratic way.
        There are also no limits on the number of letter one can use in a post on this blog, or the internet in general. That should get us used to the fact that quantity is not related to quality.
        When it comes to paying for political propaganda, the quantity spent is not really significant. The message has to be spread and paying people to spread it is better than expecting the effort to be free. However, whether a candidate collects IOUs from voters or corporations does make a difference. The Kochs, whose financial interests are run out of Virginia headquarters, have a stake in how the state operates. But, their influence should not be disproportionate to any other voter. Presumably, their agent has a vote; they don't.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:08:02 AM PST

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