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  •  OK, you want to be treated equally? (4+ / 0-)

    The patchwork of limits on political speech undermines the First Amendment and puts high transparency, full-disclosure groups like the RNC on an unequal footing with other political entities," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "We are asking that political parties be treated equally under the law.

    OK, then.  How's this?

    We'll replace the patchwork with some very simple rules:

    Each party in the race gets the same amount of money from a public fund to sponsor one or more candidates.  A political party wishing to register to be eligible for these funds must raise a minimum threshold value appropriate to the office (House, Senate, President), and donate it to the fund.  Donors wishing to contribute to the campaign must contribute directly to this public fund.  All other sources of campaign contributions, gifts, assistance or anything else resembling influence peddling is illegal and will result in jail time for both parties.

    Third party groups interested in expressing their opinions and exercising free speech may do so, however, if they directly endorse or oppose a candidate in a publicly funded race or any position in a public referendum then they must publicly list all members, material contributions, and their kinds or amounts, and provide a copy of or reference to this list as part of their statements.

    There.  Now our elected representatives can govern effectively instead of pandering for cash.

    •  it's too good to pass (1+ / 0-)
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      But it's a great idea. I could see elected officials agreeing to set up the fund, and then chip away at the controls. So then they could use tax money as well as contributions to cloud the issues.


      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    •  By George, I think you've got it! (1+ / 0-)
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      That is really how it should be done. Brilliant. But how to get that instituted?

      Republicans - A pathology, not a party.

      by storeysound on Tue May 27, 2014 at 11:16:45 AM PDT

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    •  Works for me! (0+ / 0-)

      There would be great gnashing of teeth but some politicians might actually be relieved not to have to continually fundraise and/or kiss their benefactors' asses all the time.  I wish there were a clear way to publicly shame our politicians about the undeniable fact they're bought and paid for.  I'm sure there are many who couldn't care less, and others who convince themselves they continue to be free agents in spite of the money.  This is one of the greatest threats our democracy has ever seen.

      3 guys walk into a bar. The fourth one ducks.

      by penelope pnortney on Tue May 27, 2014 at 06:05:20 PM PDT

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