a reply to: bucsarg
In my opinion the impact this law has done little to level the playing field to all who wish to run for office.
Correction,this is not just your opinion,this is really a fact.One must go through the 'good ole boys' system to have any chance of being on the
playing field of running for president. You must have the money backing you,or no one will bother to remember your name.
The issue is getting the money out of politics.As long as the money is involved,you will have your politicians bought and paid for. As long as your
politicians are bought and paid for,they will use their powers to vote not for the people,but for those who financed them. The saying "they know
which side their bread is buttered on" comes to mind here.
So how to get rid of the money? Well in truth there does have to be some money whether we like it or not involved. You don't get free advertisement
for being a nice guy.So who should fund it? Well the laws they pass effect the American public,so shouldn't it stand to reason that the American
public be the one to finance them? Therefore they know that their 'bread' is buttered by the American people,not just special interest groups.
With it being what it is, there needs to be a system in place that part of our tax dollars are put aside for elections,for those wishing to run. There
needs to be some method of them first 'qualifying' for those funds,then once that is out of the way,it opens up the coffers for them to get the
needed financing for traveling,TV spots,radio spots,and other campaign costs. Then let the best person win.
These candidates get on national TV for free anyway.They get interviews and debates. So why do they need money for smear campaigns against others?
People have said for a long time now that they hate the smear campaigns and think less of the candidates that use them.We can get rid of them. If you
want to see facts about what candidates are saying,you can easily go to politifact.com and look it up.
Okay,so there you have how to finance them,but how to get the super pacs out? In other words,how do you keep these candidates from accepting money
from high rollers? A constitutional amendment. Make it illegal for anyone or corporation or group to contribute to any candidate. The ONLY money they
can have is through the taxpayer base. If you sit around and wait for the government to do it,you will die and so will your kids and grand kids,and it
will STILL never happen. WE have to make it happen. Any other money they get will be considered bribes. Those in power have a problem,that problem
isn't about having the money to run,its all about GREED. They want money to be able to walk away with.That is where it has to stop. If your only goal
in running for congress,senate or president it to 'get rich',then you do not have the peoples interests at heart at all,and could care less what
happens to them,we see this with the laws already passed now.