How can we end up with less corrupted leaders, when whoever raises the most money usually wins the election?

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thekittenators, don't play dumb, money raised to spend on the election campaign is what I am talking about. Candidates rarely spend their own personal savings.

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  • Bill
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    True in many cases like Obama's promise to accept federal funds for the general election if his opponent did. It was a given that John McCain, the co-author of campaign finance reform legislation with liberal Democrat Russ Feingold, was going to observe the federal spending limit of $84 million that accompanied the funds. Obama, on the other hand, never had any intention of limiting his spending to that amount.

    The contest for the Democratic nomination showed Obama's fundraising prowess; in http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2008/081... several months he raised more than $50 million in that month alone. In September, Obama raised more than $150 million, a stunning amount, bringing his total fundraising for the year to $605 million. Obama has raised almost twice as much money in September as McCain received for his entire general election campaign.

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  • Lacey
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    I think it would be worth the money to create a .01 percent tax to create a general campaign fund. Do away with campaigning as it exists now and each candidate who can get enough signatures to get on the ballot gets an equal amount from the fund for their campaign. That is all they are legally allowed to spend. So much for a Senate campaign, so much for the House, so much for President. No campaigning period the week before the election. Each candidate has to account for all of their spending by the 7th day prior to the election. Anyone caught misappropriating campaign funds is barred from office thereafter.

    Not only would this level the playing field, it would do away with politicians doing deals with lobbyists to finance their campaigns, and it would also show who has the best financial sense since the first guy to go broke is the one you don't see anything more from.

    The idea that candidates are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get elected and preaching fiscal conservative-ism is ludicrous.

  • 3 years ago

    both. funds buys promotion to get the message out. I actually have considered millioners of both events lose after spending a lot funds. The Democrats use authorities software funds to bye votes. if you purchase the theory that purely Republicans are rich look at Mark Dayton of Minnesota former proprietor of the Dayton-Hudson chain of retailers, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin owns Kohl's shops. no longer to educate Ted Kennedy and John Kerry the multi multimillion's from Massachusetts.

  • 9 years ago

    Yeah I really hope in the 2012 election Obama is not allowed to collect millions from anonymous doners by hacking the credit card program on his website to turn off security features. His was the only website in history that would accept a credit card without checking the card holder's name against the credit card numbers.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Stop voting for candidates with heavily funded marketing campaigns.

    Where do you think they get so much money? They are going to have to do favors for those people or corporations that funded them with millions of dollars.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    thats not true. Having the most money does nothing to guarantee you a win for the election. If the people dont want to vote for you, you wont win.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Tom Delay, sentenced to 3 years in prison for money laundering.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Meg Whitman, $142 Million attempt to buy California. Failed.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    ITS A MYTH THAT THE PERSON WHO HAS BUKO BUCKS CAN WIN AN ELECTION........

    THE LADY WHO RAN HEWITT PACKARD RAN ALSO FOR A SEAT IN CALIFORNIA.......AND SHE DIDNT WIN.......

    REMEMBER JOHN KERRY.......HIS WIFE WAS LOADED WITH MONEY AND HE DIDNT WIN.......

    SO BUCKS IN THE BANK MEANS NOTHING IF YOU ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE........

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Vote for me. I am against everything.

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