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George Voinovitch the republican senator from Ohio recently announced that he would not seek reelection in 2010.  I was at the press conference and the reasons he stated for quitting were quite revealing—He felt that the burden of raising money had become so great that it was keeping him from doing his job.    

What about the other 99 Senators who aren’t quitting but have to raise the same of money that helped drive Voinovitch out of the Senate?  

Political fundraising has often been viewed as a corrupting influence in politics. Now it's increasingly being seen by politicians as a roadblock to doing their jobs well. Republican Senator George Voinovich has had enough. Will stories like his breathe new life into the reform movement?

Originally posted to lagan on Mon Jan 26, 2009 at 03:49 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Surprised he didn't cry! (0+ / 0-)

    The idea that money corrupts politicians is very popular with polititians.

    I got news for em.  It ain't the money, it's THEM.

    Money is speech.  Speech is free.  Remove the limits.

    That's better than the incumbant protection quality of public financing.

  •  I'd like a law... (0+ / 0-)

    It'll never happen, but...

    I'd like to see campaign contributions considered as a legal way to influence the vote, therefore only the electors eligible to vote for a candidate may contribute anything to that candidate.  Once a voter had contributed to one candidate in one campaign, they'd be prohibited from contributing to any other candidate in that campaign unless the first dropped out.  

    As an elector in Washington State, I could contribute to my Senatorial choice but no others, my choice of Representative but no others, President, an no federal candidate for which I'm not eligible to vote.  I'd allow contributions to the party of my choice for party building.

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