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Hell yes. Why? Because those with lots of money and/or money backing have a huge advantage over those who might have something to offer but few resources.

Date: 2010-11-03 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bardsmaid.livejournal.com
Hell yes. Why? Because those with lots of money and/or money backing have a huge advantage over those who might have something to offer but few resources.

Sing it, sister! This is so true.

What if spending limits were so low that candidates couldn't afford to buy radio or TV time, or send out weeks worth of annoying mailbox stuffers? If, instead, candidates would simply go door-to-door and talk with voters, and hold neighborhood or citywide get-togethers or debates where issues were discussed? Shocking, I know, but still. It could be a good thing. Direct contact, without the hype machines and endless sound bites.

Date: 2010-11-03 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franthewndrhrse.livejournal.com
Sounds like a plan to me.

Date: 2010-11-03 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bardsmaid.livejournal.com
I've often thought, too, how much good could be done with the millions spent on campaigns if that money were directed toward actually solving some pressing public problem. Like they're saying Carly Fiorina spent something like $146 million of her own money in an attempt to get elected. Imagine how much good press she could have gotten by putting half of that toward some urgent need facing the people of the state.

Date: 2010-11-03 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franthewndrhrse.livejournal.com
I totally agree. It's criminal how much money is spent. $146 million divvied up into fourths would have been enough for everyone in Milwaukee to have a quarter million dollars. If even 10% of money spent on campaigns had to be used for the public good, the public would have a tidy windfall.

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