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  •  Totally agree, which is why I often (3+ / 0-)

    currently try and turn attention to Publicly Funding Elections (all elections).

    You know, kicking the corporate/lobbyists asses out of politics.

    The exemption being a limit to $200 per year, per individual or legal entity, to a unique candidate.

    All other money comes straight out of General Funds, with concurrent spending limits and a requirement that broadcast television stations donate X amount of free hours to candidates for public office in each yearly quarter/campaign season/reasonable alternative cycle period as a necessary component to renew their broadcasting licenses when they next come due.  

    This is the heart of the corporate beast that is devouring our national wealth.  We need to strike it though the heart with the spear of Public Financing, and kill the beast for all time.

    It is the only real path back to freedom from our corporate masters and their shills, the corporate lobbyists.

    •  You and I are on the same page Angie. (1+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State

      Public financing and abolition of "lo-beasts" would go many miles in the right direction

    •  I agree. But on the negative side, (1+ / 0-)
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      viet vet

      there would be a lot more "third party" advertising by hastily-conceived astroturf groups.  This type of advertising is usually much nastier than the candidate's campaign advertising, and it would be harder to track down who gave the money on behalf of the candidate.

      Until SCOTUS decides that campaign contributions are NOT free speech, just remember - things could be worse.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Aug 03, 2009 at 05:49:54 PM PDT

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