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  •  Campaign finance law is confusing (2+ / 0-)
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    goshzilla, foufou

    it's designed that way to make it difficult for any candidate who can't afford specialized professional help. This diary is much appreciated...I would not have guessed that a campaign can't give more to another campaign than an individual can, though since theoretically a corporation can't, either, it does make sense, sort of.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sat May 10, 2008 at 03:37:10 PM PDT

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    •  Actually, Corporations Can't Give a Penny (3+ / 0-)
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      Adam B, peraspera, goshzilla

      Corporations are prohibited from making campaign contributions.  Only PAC's can, and their money has to come from the contributions of individuals.  

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Sat May 10, 2008 at 03:39:54 PM PDT

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      •  So easy to forget (0+ / 0-)

        that corporate contributions are actually prohibited, when it is commonplace to talk about which candidate a given corporation gave more money to (I've heard of corporate PAC's, and I think sometimes the amount given by individual employees/officers of a corporation are counted as being "from" the corporation)....

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Sat May 10, 2008 at 04:00:23 PM PDT

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      •  However corporations can and do.. (0+ / 0-)

        "Corporations aren't allowed to donate money to candidates. But executives and employees of companies and their spouses can each give up to $2,300 to a candidate for the primary campaign and another $2,300 for the general election. Candidates must make public the names and employers of people who donate $200 or more, a group that the Center for Responsive Politics says mostly come from executive ranks."
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        "Employees of financial-services, insurance and real-estate companies have donated to Obama over McCain by almost 2-to-1 – and favored Clinton by even more. Health care and pharmaceutical companies have given three times as much to each of the two Democrats as to McCain. Defense companies put McCain ahead of Obama, but behind Clinton. Energy, construction and agriculture interests have given more to both Democrats. Only in the category of transportation has McCain outraised Obama and Clinton."

        http://www.signonsandiego.com/...

        -Funds GOP usually gets going to rivals
        By Brody Mullins
        THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
        April 3, 2008

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