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Cue "The Voice:" ...In a world...where money rules politics, one candidate says, "Don't-nate."

He's running for U.S. Congress in Missouri's 2nd district, and he's totally serious. Somebody tried to give him 50 bucks, and he wouldn't take it.

He's not advertising. He's an unapologetic progressive.
Of course, he's a long-shot against an entrenched Repub in a gerrymandered district.

But maybe principles and intelligence still count for something, eh? And he's starting to get some attention.

People are saying he'd be a great guest for Daily Show or Colbert.Read about him here Jon? Stephen? [EOM]

Originally posted to Lefty on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 01:02 PM PDT.

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  •  Wonder if there's anymore like him at home ....;} (0+ / 0-)
  •  Walking the talk about getting money out of DC (3+ / 0-)
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    RosyFinch, angstall, gloriasb

    What's wrong with this picture: It takes millions from corporations to run for office, and then you answer to them, rather than the people in your state or district, after you're elected.  Corporate and bank control of this country needs to stop. Since it obviously won't come through legislation by our corporate captive president, senator and congressmen, it's time for candidates to run without corporate money.

    And, evidently, Arthur Lieber is doing just that by running on a very low self-funded budget, something like $50,000. This way he doesn't take money from anyone. He says better we pay down our credit cards.

    Think how much more time senators and congressmen would have to serve their constituents if they didn't attend fundraisers? They could actually pass real progressive legislation for the people in this country. And, they could cut down on clothing costs because they won't have to buy cocktail dresses and tuxedos.

    But, then again, they would have to give up those cushy lobbying jobs they get when they leave office. So we shouldn't hold our collective breaths.

    Yea! for Arthur Lieber for having the guts to run without taking corporate money and on a very low budget. He may not win against his opponent, incumbent Republican Todd "Let's focus on prayer in schools" Akin, but he will set a precedent for running for office that this country needs to follow. That is if we really want to release ourselves form the grip of corporate control, as well as the religious right and Tea Party people they have manipulated to do their bidding.

    And, BTW, here's hoping Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman with their hundreds of millions in self-financing, and their corporate friendly agendas, go down in flames.

  •  I'm only taking $1 donations (per year) (2+ / 0-)
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    Alexandra Lynch, Hedwig

    for my 2012 US Senate run. Sure, I'm selling access, but how much do you expect to buy for a buck?

    Last time, 2006, I got 51,277 Democratic Primary votes on $662. Herb Kohl spent $3.4 million, almost all out of pocket * , getting 310,000 votes to beat me.

    Masel for Senate (2012)
    1214 E. Mifflin St.
    Madison, WI 53703

    * Herb reported 3 donations, $1,500 each.

    Agricultural hemp is "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs."

    by ben masel on Sun Sep 19, 2010 at 06:19:39 PM PDT

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