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  •  I would also like to see (4+ / 0-)

    no more anonymous money raised by outside groups (even more important than public funding), no entity who can't vote can donate (no corporations, unions, or foreign entities).

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 08:37:10 AM PST

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    •  Exactly (3+ / 0-)
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      Tookish, ctsteve, dopper0189

      Let's limit donations to individuals and then limit amounts allowed. Politicians really can run campaigns on a lot less money--they really don't need a TV ad every 15 minutes--but with companies and organizations able to buy influence, the costs escalate. When campaigns are financed by individuals, campaigns will be less expensive and campaign finance will be more democratic. I think politicians would be more inclined to represent the will of the people, and less costly campaigns would allow more independent candidates--independent in thinking and independent of a political party.

      •  And make contributions tax credits (0+ / 0-)

        That would make the campaigns "publicly financed" without a lot of paperwork. The candidate would only have to issue a receipt for the taxpayer to file with their tax forms. Plus make the tax credit contributions only apply to candidates whom actually directly represents you. (If you contribute to a candidate outside of your representative area, the contribution would not be tax creditable.) Individual limits would still be imposed - probably with a tax credit limit with a higher absolute limit.

        Citizens would give more if they could justify it financially.

        Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely - Lord Acton

        by Shishkabugs on Sun Jan 09, 2011 at 04:07:25 PM PST

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