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  •  Speech is "Free" (3+ / 0-)
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    David Boyle, John DE, Easterling
    When you don't get hauled off to jail for it. It's a "Liberty" thing?

    I want an option on this poll for "I don't know" because my first instinct is FULL DISCLOSURE rather than arbitrary limits on $$$.

    Only MY MODEST PROPOSAL is that all candidates be required to wear sandwich-boards detailing where their $$$ and in-kind contributions come from.

    •  Even free speech has limits. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      grrr

          Technically, maybe it's an infringement of free speech to prevent Warren Buffett from having taken his $37 billion (that he gave to Bill Gates, uh oh) and instead running for President, enclosing a check for c. $200 (rough approximation of the money divided by U.S. registered voters) and saying "Please vote for me, Big Brother Buffett is giving you $$$!"

           But wouldn't that be close to bribery? And maybe letting richies practically buy an election, could be like bribery. . .
         

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