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  •  Candidates buying campaign adds is good (3+ / 0-)

    It's a healthy part of the democratic process. It allows candidates to get their information and views out to the voters, and allows voters to contribute in a tangible way to their candidate before the actual day of the election.

    Restrictions on this have the effect of stifling the flow of information to the public, which is inherently undemocratic, and inherently damaging to the non incumbent. Why would we try to hurt the challenger even more? Why make it even easier for the establishment candidate to win?

    Trying to argue against freedom of contribution and expenditures just seems to backwards when you look at the actual situation we are in. We have many new progressive candidates that we are rooting for heart and soul, and contributing to, and being asked to contribute too frequently. They are running against 'establishment' candidates (sometimes even incumbents) with plenty of name recognition already existing among voters. Being able to contribute our money to these guys is great! If a candidate talks to his base and fires them up and gets them to contribute, I see nothing wrong with that at all. If a candidate gets all his money from two or three rich old farts, that's ok too, as long as disclosure is around to make sure the voters can see who is really supporting this guy.

    With tight clamps on who can contribute and how much, anti-establishment candidates would almost never win.

    "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." -- JFK

    by Tryptophan on Mon Jun 26, 2006 at 12:11:49 PM PDT

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