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Publicly fund all congressional and presidential campaigns

By someone else   Feb 27, 7:09pm   5 links   1,104 views   10 comments   watch (1)   quote      

Instead of having short, publicly-funded political campaigns with limited and/or free advertising (as a number of Western European countries do), the US has long political campaigns in which candidates are dunned big bucks for advertising. They are therefore forced to spend much of their time fundraising, which is to say, seeking bribes. All American politicians are basically on the take, though many are honorable people. They are forced into it by the system. House Majority leader John Boehner has actually just handed out cash on the floor of the House from the tobacco industry to other representatives.
When French President Nicolas Sarkozy was defeated in 2012, soon thereafter French police actually went into his private residence searching for an alleged $50,000 in illicit campaign contributions from the L’Oreale heiress. I thought to myself, seriously? $50,000 in a presidential campaign? Our presidential campaigns cost a billion dollars each! $50,000 is a rounding error, not a basis for police action. Why, George W. Bush took millions from arms manufacturers and then ginned up a war for them, and the police haven’t been anywhere near his house.
American politicians don’t represent “the people.” With a few honorable exceptions, they represent the the 1%. American democracy is being corrupted out of existence.

http://www.juancole.com/2013/12/corrupt-country-world.html

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1   marcus   Feb 27, 7:16pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

American democracy is being corrupted out of existence.

I agree, and it's been the trend since Reagan or before. But Trump is an entirely new and scarey level.

2   Tenpoundbass   Feb 27, 7:30pm     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

marcus says

But Trump is an entirely new and scarey level.

What did he do now?

3   justme   Feb 27, 7:42pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

How can I get in on public funding? Can anyone who wants to declare themselves a candidate do so, and use the money to pay for promotional events and parties? Is there any rule preventing 200M+ Americans above voting age to declare themselves candidates and get free public funding?

4   someone else   Feb 27, 7:50pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Petitions!

Citizens would need to have enough grass roots support to get the initial level of funding. If they can use that to get more support, they get more funding.

5   Fucking White Male   Feb 27, 8:39pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

Petitions!

Citizens would need to have enough grass roots support to get the initial level of funding. If they can use that to get more support, they get more funding.

Can we start by kicking this asshole out of office? $3.3million by Democrat "committees" is outrage enough, but judging by the 3 Al Muratsuchi commercials PER COMMERCIAL BREAK starting six months before the election, there was at least 10 million in soft money spent.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-election-aftermath-updates-trail-muratsuchi-defeats-hadley-in-state-1478717220-htmlstory.html

6   justme   Feb 27, 9:50pm     ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Patrick says

Petitions!

Citizens would need to have enough grass roots support to get the initial level of funding. If they can use that to get more support, they get more funding.

Oh. So it is kind of like having another primary before the regular primary. Now, how do potential candidates raise money to pay for the costly process of collecting signatures, a necessity in order to get public money for the primary and then later for the real election?

7   TwoScoopsMcGee   Feb 28, 8:21am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

Tenpoundbass says

What did he do now?

He raised less SuperPAC Money than Clinton did.

8   NuttBoxer   Feb 28, 9:14am     ↑ like   ↓ dislike (1)   quote    

Patrick says

Publicly fund all congressional and presidential campaigns

If we really want freedom we need to do the opposite. Defund the feds, watch it collapse, then establish a new government based on the much more decentralized Federalist Papers.

9   someone else   Feb 28, 11:01am     ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

justme says

how do potential candidates raise money to pay for the costly process of collecting signatures, a necessity in order to get public money for the primary and then later for the real election?

Dunno. The point of the proposal is mostly to ensure that voices without massive corporate money behind them also get heard.

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