Campaign Finance Reform
To save my life, I do not see where you people are coming from on this. From
what I read, the bulk of it simply limits contributions? I'm afraid this is a
result of extremely shallow thinking. Let me explain.
Campaign financing basically comes from two sources: contributions and the
candidate themselves. If you take away the contributions, what is left? The
majority of campaign money then comes from the candidates. This means that the
only people with spendy campaigns are the RICH CANDIDATES! Is this REALLY what
you intended? Did you have in mind that the most successful candidates should be
Donald Trump and Steve Forbes? Think about it.
I'll bet finance reform proponents are the same people who have complained over
the last 20 years that the candidates don't represent the "common American", and
that the average Joe cannot run for office. Well, taking away the ability to
raise money is the best thing to prevent the average Joe from running for
office. It isn't logical and it's anti-American.
The other result of campaign finance reform is where the money ends up anyway.
There are a lot of rich folks out there who are very willing to support their
candidate in any way that they can. If you do not let them contribute to the
campaign, then they will run a campaign on their own. As a matter of fact, you
can expect extremely large campaigns to pop up for each candidate that are not
run by the candidate him/herself. You cannot take away somebody's right to pay
for a commercial promoting their favorite candidate. That's a serious violation
of the 1st Amendment.