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Does anyone else find $656 Million Dollars for a presidental campaign wrong?

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posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:39 PM
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Presidental Campaign Finance

I'm sorry but that amount of money could be used for a much better cause then a campaign for presidency.

$200 and Under $334,636,346
$200.01 - $499 $71,669,117
$500 - $999 $55,726,781
$1000 - $1999 $72,178,584
$2000 and Over $111,514,236

Why not give that money to good causes.... like the economy!




posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:40 PM
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I dont blame him at all. It's an expensive office to buy.



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:41 PM
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Then we wouldn't get to see 3am commercials.

How can we decide who we want as president if we don't know what they are doing at 3am?



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:49 PM
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Well, that money was donated for the purpose of campaigning. Of course the money would have been better used on other things. Personally, I would rather get my campaign donation refunded or burned before I would allow it to go to the economy.



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:51 PM
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Campaign is a word that means "level ground" and is used in speaking of a military action.

I'd say that sounds about right. A military action.

I've found it to be quite funny that in an "election" people must "campaign". The words contradict each other, as the only thing we've elected, is to have our wallets handed back to us empty of all we've saved.

A coin is the same coin no matter which side lands up. Same value, same coin. Might as well flip it into a well, but hey that's what a "Vote" is...a wish.

Peace



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:51 PM
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I guess it's their money to spend on campaigns, if they so desire. I don't much care for that, but as long as they don't take it out of my pocket, I guess I don't have any good reason to criticize what they choose to spend it on.



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:52 PM
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I heard a comedian once say...

"How can we expect anyone who would spend 500 million to get a job that pays 500 thousand to have a sound financial policy?"



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:53 PM
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Originally posted by milesp
I heard a comedian once say...

"How can we expect anyone who would spend 500 million to get a job that pays 500 thousand to have a sound financial policy?"


I would agree with that, IF that $500M came out of their personal finances. There lots of future financial perks to come out of being POTUS. Have you seen the absurd amounts former presidents get for making public appearances/speeches?

[edit on 20-8-2009 by Aggie Man]



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 04:56 PM
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Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
I dont blame him at all. It's an expensive office to buy.


Yeah and you'd have to keep track of all the back door deals you made while on the campaign trail. Without well paid staff to keep tabs on all the nefarious business dealings it would get overwhelming.




posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 05:52 PM
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that is a very large amount of money. lets say all that money doesnt get used, where does the left over go to?



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 05:55 PM
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Originally posted by middleclasssoldier
that is a very large amount of money. lets say all that money doesnt get used, where does the left over go to?


Don't worry your pretty little head about that. It gets used. It gets used bigtime.




posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 06:00 PM
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Originally posted by middleclasssoldier
that is a very large amount of money. lets say all that money doesnt get used, where does the left over go to?


Here's your answer:

www.factcheck.org...

Hope that helps


EDIT: I do wonder though...if they can donate it to charity, then what stops them from starting a charity in their own name, making themselves the director and paying themselves a salary as said director? Anyone? Anyone?

[edit on 20-8-2009 by Aggie Man]



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 08:35 PM
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must be honest, this thread seems a bit too lighthearted when you realize the nature of this situation

in a way this pretty much proves the most important position in office in the world is for sale

that is disgusting and nothing to joke about

daily our country is being bought and sold, yet we still have soldiers dying and our economy dying to fight wars in defense of a way of life that is no longer

this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed as such

we will continue to have corruption rampant in our government until we find a way to change the way we do business

because running for president should have nothing to do with business



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 08:39 PM
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Originally posted by Dramey
in a way this pretty much proves the most important position in office in the world is for sale


It's only for sale if one uses personal finances for the campaign...if it's not one's money, rather donations, then it's not a purchase...instead it's an investment on behalf of all campaign finance contributors.

Just my 2-cents

[edit on 20-8-2009 by Aggie Man]



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 09:09 PM
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YES and NO

I think we should get the private and public donations out of the system
and fund it ourselves equal money for all the candidates.

We could then see how they operate under a budget and eliminate influence peddling.



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 09:27 PM
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Originally posted by mental modulator
YES and NO

I think we should get the private and public donations out of the system
and fund it ourselves equal money for all the candidates.

We could then see how they operate under a budget and eliminate influence peddling.


I agree...but the how do we determine who gets funding and who doesn't? I mean, if I want to run for office and a million others do too, then how do we do this fairly w/o accepting public/private funds...and spending one's own money just won't do, as that philosophy would preclude the poor & middle class...heck it would preclude most "wealthy" people too.



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 09:34 PM
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Originally posted by Aggie Man

Originally posted by mental modulator
YES and NO

I think we should get the private and public donations out of the system
and fund it ourselves equal money for all the candidates.

We could then see how they operate under a budget and eliminate influence peddling.


I agree...but the how do we determine who gets funding and who doesn't? I mean, if I want to run for office and a million others do too, then how do we do this fairly w/o accepting public/private funds...and spending one's own money just won't do, as that philosophy would preclude the poor & middle class...heck it would preclude most "wealthy" people too.


well it would take some doing, some laws, but it could work... Although it would require
the men in office to vote it in and it would be Socialist in it very nature, which wouldn't work



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 09:36 PM
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Originally posted by mental modulator
well it would take some doing, some laws, but it could work... Although it would require
the men in office to vote it in and it would be Socialist in it very nature, which wouldn't work


That's funny! we all know that our solution is also our problem...catch 22 if I ever saw one!



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 09:36 PM
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Yep there is something wrong, it was over $700 million total.

Actually, since most of that money was spent in ways that provided jobs and otherwise helped stimulate the economy... It stands, so far, as one REAL thing Obama has done to stimulate the economy. Though it is only a fraction of the trillion dollar government stimulus he signed as president, his campaign funds seem to have done more to help the economy than that massive stimulus plan has.

So, I suppose its a good thing.


[edit on 20-8-2009 by Walkswithfish]



posted on Aug, 20 2009 @ 09:41 PM
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Why not give that money to good causes.... like the economy!


I'm sure a lot did go into the economy in a round about way. They had to pay staff, advertising, office space, supplies, etc which in return goes to buy other things. Taxes on the purchases and salaries.

Still a lot of freaking money.



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