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Nov12-06, 01:09 PM
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Quote Quote by Astronuc
It's not even Christmas yet! We've still got 6 weeks left in 2006. What's the rush?
It is emblematic of the problem we have with our elections being dominated by big money interests. The candidate who "shops around" for support and declares early locks in campaign money that helps him/her and at the same time reduces the chance that opponents will get donations as large from those same sources. Our government will continue to be sold to the highest bidder unless we ban non-personal contributions and place severe caps on those, so the middle-class doesn't get locked out of the process. I would prefer publicly-financed campaigns, but leadership of both of the major parties feel that would reduce their clout with the candidates, and they will fight it tooth and nail. Currently, party leaders have control of vast pools of campaign money to swing to favored candidates, so that is one VERY big stick.