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  •  My greatest hope... (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Tennessee Dave

    My greatest hope is that one day we can limit or eliminate corporate or other entity funding.  At the very least, we must broaden the disclosure requirements.  It is all together unthinkable to imagine there is some corporate or foreign entities behind our politicians.

    •  robin agrees with you... (1+ / 0-)
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      she told me tuesday, that if she "has any say about it, those rules are gonna change."

      like most candidates, and especially female candidates, robin hates fund-raising, but she's done what was asked of her and spent the time raising money.  the fact that she's been able to raise money (the hard way -- in illinois, you can raise money from corporations, and the limits are much higher) hasn't made her less weary of the finance laws (successful fund-raisers often become less concerned about how we fund elections because they are good at getting money with the rules as they are).  her disgust is genuine...

      Want to drive conservatives crazy? Send President Obama back to Washington for four more years...

      by bored now on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 11:55:09 AM PST

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      •  Asking donors for cash is THE worst job ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... a Congressperson or aspirant has. After the first race or two, money does start to come to people with assignments on committees of interest to "special" interests and almost every House committee attracts such interests.

        Elections are costly. Mother Jones reports that incumbent Congresspeople raised $1 million for the 2010 election, challengers $166,000. (Senate races go for many times more.)

        Let's face it - you want to support your friends, return them to Congress and provide seed money to those who will at least pay attention to your concerns. Why do so many corporations, trade associations and lobbyists contribute to both parties in an election? Think about it!

        Is the time ready for campaign finance reform? Do not bet on it.

        Public financing may obviate calls for money but it would also help level the playing field. How many sitting Congresspersons or Senators would want that? Limiting who can give or how much - or both - is an invitation to loopholes and gimmicks, just as we enjoy today. Even with limits, a $5000 check would cover over 60 of Robin's "average" contributions (at $80 per). For many in Congress, the lobbyist or corporate rep who presents a bundle of checks at once is a welcome person, indeed.

        The key is that we support candidates and challengers who believe as we do, who usually vote "our way." Some of us feel free to say that we'll never give them another dime if they do/don't do thus-and-so. The difference between us and the big money interests is important, but it is also a matter of degree.

        2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

        by TRPChicago on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 01:19:34 PM PST

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