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View Poll Results: Are Publically Funded Campaigns Beneficial To A Democracy?
Yes, they are. 37 66.07%
No, it does not matter. 19 33.93%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-28-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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Do you think a system of public funds available for candidates would allow for more politicians to work in their constituents public interest more so than they do now?

I have read many a time that politicians have to spend a lot of their time raising funds for campaigns that will demand favors in return. That is time that could have been spent governing and protecting the public interest of their constituents and nation.

Could the gridlock in Washington be not over just who has solutions to the nation's problem but who will have the greater access to various, moneyed special interests?

There are some states that do have public campaign funding in place.

The SCOTUS ruling (http://archive.wbai.org/files/mp3/100128_090001freeforum.MP3 - broken link) could be a blessing in disguise if the movement for public campaign finance gains a much needed boost.

 
Old 02-05-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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If this isn't a wake up call to the fact that we need public campaign finance reform, I don't know what is.

"Wall Street firms and their executives have been uniquely generous to both political parties, emerging recently as one of the largest benefactors of the Democratic Party. Between November 2008 and November 2009, Wall Street firms and executives handed out $42 million to lawmakers, mostly to members of the House and Senate banking committees and House and Senate leaders. During the 2008 elections, Wall Street showered Democratic candidates with well over $88 million and Republicans with over $67 million, putting the Street right up there with the insurance industry as among the nation's largest equal-opportunity donors."
 
Old 02-05-2010, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I believe there should be NO outside financing

give each candidate a set amount from the government (public) not private funds and let them run on their actual stands
 
Old 02-05-2010, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Land of debt and Corruption
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I'm all for campaign finance reform that levels the playing field for BOTH parties and excludes special interests. Not an easy task though.
 
Old 02-05-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Now this is something both "commie" progressives and the "partying folks" SHOULD be able to agree on and maybe work together to institute.

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Originally Posted by kovert View Post
To start the process of having a government serving the public interest, natural person American citizens have to advocate for public campaign finance reform.

"Now many of us -- and I'm the first on this list -- believe we can begin this process with an obvious first step first: with Congress enacting the Fair Elections Now Act, now. That statute would fundamentally change the economy of influence in Washington. By giving members an option to rely upon small dollar contributions alone (maxed at $100 a citizen), we could at least create the possibility that Congress would be filled with Members whose integrity no one could doubt. That's not a promise that Congress would get everything right. But it is the assurance that when they get things wrong, Americans won't have to believe they betrayed principle or the public will because of money."
 
Old 02-05-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth Texas
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Whne you take away free speech you are hurting the country
 
Old 02-05-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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Whne you take away free speech you are hurting the country
Now this is what's really hurting the country. Public officials not serving the public interest and being selfish to boot.

"For Shelby, moreover, there are other compelling interests at play. A major tanker plant in the heart of Alabama could result in hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs for his state. And well before he decided to hold up 70 presidential nominees, he proved he was willing to go to great parliamentary lengths to secure goodies for his state. in 2009, Taxpayers for Common Sense ranked him the second most proficient securer of earmarks, having brought home $114,484,250 worth of pet projects. In addition to the EADS contract, Shelby also is currently attempting to secure a $45 million improvised explosive device testing lab for the FBI, according to CongressDaily.

"I guess if you needed one example of what's wrong with this town, it might be that one senator can hold up 70 qualified individuals to make government work better because he didn't get his earmarks," Gibbs said. "If that's not the poster child for how this town needs to change the way it works, I fear there won't be a greater example of silliness throughout the entire year of 2010."
 
Old 02-05-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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I don't think public money should be used. If a politician does not have to get donations, what is to stop a 1,000 people from "running"?

I aslo believe that when acurrent officeholder runs, they should not be payed their salary.
 
Old 02-05-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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We've been doing that for presidential elections since the 1970s, a legacy of Watergate. You check a box on your 1040 and $3 of your income tax goes to the fund. I seem to remember a story in the paper (a real newspaper, the Washington Post, not the crap most of you guys read like Huffington, KOS or Politico) that reported that fewer and fewer people were doing the check-off.

$3 Tax Checkoff
 
Old 02-05-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth Texas
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Now this is what's really hurting the country. Public officials not serving the public interest and being selfish to boot.

"For Shelby, moreover, there are other compelling interests at play. A major tanker plant in the heart of Alabama could result in hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs for his state. And well before he decided to hold up 70 presidential nominees, he proved he was willing to go to great parliamentary lengths to secure goodies for his state. in 2009, Taxpayers for Common Sense ranked him the second most proficient securer of earmarks, having brought home $114,484,250 worth of pet projects. In addition to the EADS contract, Shelby also is currently attempting to secure a $45 million improvised explosive device testing lab for the FBI, according to CongressDaily.

"I guess if you needed one example of what's wrong with this town, it might be that one senator can hold up 70 qualified individuals to make government work better because he didn't get his earmarks," Gibbs said. "If that's not the poster child for how this town needs to change the way it works, I fear there won't be a greater example of silliness throughout the entire year of 2010."
If his voters do not like it they will vote him out.

If he has done anything illegal they will get him.

the left so loves free speech when it comes to urinating on the flag.
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