Senate Democrats propose to amend the Constitution to keep corporate money out

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    It would be a great idea to keep special interest money out of campaigns (ALL interest money - corporate and "non-profit")

    But that amendment doesn't do that, and I don't know how to do it either.

    That amendment allows Congress to regulate themselves. And we all know how well that works.
     
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    This is the thorniest problem facing our nation.

    Getting money out of campaigns is something that we can do, but we cannot get money out of the POLITCAL process entirely.

    ASsume that we limit the amount that candidates can spend. That is, doable.

    But can we also limit the amount of money spent on propaganda that does not specifically support any candidate?

    No we cannot. In that case I have to agree with the SCOTUS that money = FREE SPEECH.

    Which means that we would have candidates who do not spend a lot on advertising, but their supporters who are not directly associated with the campaigns COULD.

    See the problem?

    Most of the candidates expenses would be outsourced to "citizens groups" who would simply advance that candidate arguments without specifically mentioning that candidate. (we already see quite a bit of that, now)


    And That would still be perfectly legal.
     
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    I agree with you but I would like to see that that money doesn't influence poilitical decisions that could hurt the American people. By directly funding campaigns this way corporate influence is running America, those with no money are unfairly left out from influencing anything.
     
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    I'm not saying that putting K street out of business wouldn't help.

    What I am saying is that it won't completely solve the problem.

    It's a good start.
     
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    I agree but there has to be a next step, nothing will change my view that politicians are bought off cows.
     
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    Well of course they are, so we cannot debate that issue.

    But getting money out of politics isn't, I suspect, really entirely possible.

    I'd be satisfied if we got it out of campaigning, really.

    Because the need for massive campaaign finance for the elction itself is what makes our system so damned corrupt.
     
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    This is stupid.

    You can't get money out of politics. Politics runs on money.

    The best thing you can do is get rid of all the regulation, as it's just regulation against free speech, and PUBLISH the lists of all the donors.

    THAT NO POLITICIAN WANTS TO DO.

    You want real accountability, make that the law!
     
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