According to International Business Journal, former President Jimmy Carter said he raised ‘zero’ money in donations during his 1976 run against the current President Gerald Ford, who also reportedly raised no campaign donations. They relied upon public financed campaigns, and Carter doubts he could raise the minimum of $200 million it takes to run today (not that he’d want to run). A charitable man, Mr. Carter lives modestly and has most likely given much of his accumulated wealth to The Carter Center, which he and his wife Rosalynn founded in 1982. Using only public campaign funding back then had some good benefits, but one benefit stands out as colossal, to the candidate - and to the American people:
‘We didn’t raise money, so we weren’t obligated to any special interest groups, and now, of course, very wealthy people are giving unlimited amounts of money, almost, because of the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United,” the Democrat added.
And there it is. Former President Jimmy Carter was ‘not obligated to special interest groups’ - probably the reason he was not reelected. He refused to play the game. It’s no surprise to hear this man of great integrity speak out against Citizens United corruption. Jimmy Carter also speaks out about the abuses of women these days, and he addresses the problem in his new book, A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, And Power. Last weekend, I published a Daily Kos piece about Jimmy Carter challenging the travesty of religions of today and how they negatively impact women. It’s titled the same as his open letter:
Jimmy Carter: ‘Losing My Religion For Equality’
People are hungry for the truth, compassion, and integrity Mr. Carter exemplifies on a daily basis. He’s a remarkable human being and a national treasure. To be more precise, former President Jimmy Carte is
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