The Instigator
momodugoe
Con (against)
The Contender
TheMarketLibertarian
Pro (for)

Coporation should be allowed to donate money to political campaign

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Started: 4/8/2017 Category: Games
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Debating Period
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momodugoe

Con

Corporations don"t give their money away for nothing. There is an understanding (rarely made explicit) that large campaign donations buy political access and favourable consideration in policy development and legislation. Why else would a corporation, which is bound by law to pursue profits, make these donations?
Interestingly, many businesses give money to both sides of the narrow political divide; sometimes different amounts, sometimes exactly the same amount. In the lead up to the 2013 federal election in Australia, for example, Inghams gave Labor and Liberal parties each $250,000, Westfield gave them each $150,000 and ANZ gave them each $80,000. By my count, over one third of donors (excluding individuals) gave to both the coalition and Labor during 2012/13. This is not unique to Australia but occurs in all democracies, just indirectly in those places where direct political donations from corporations are illegal.

Corporations shouldn't be able to finance any part of any politician's campaign, since their influence on the making of the advertisements could be used to persuade the public to accept a "candidate's political ideology" that's really meant for their own benefit, and not the people's.
TheMarketLibertarian

Pro

All of these arguments could be used to say that anyt other group of people should not be able to donate to campaigns.For example:
"Women shouldn't be able to finance any part of any politician's campaign, since their influence on the making of the advertisements could be used to persuade the public to accept a "candidate's political ideology" that's really meant for their own benefit, and not men's."

"Black people shouldn't be able to finance any part of any politician's campaign, since their influence on the making of the advertisements could be used to persuade the public to accept a "candidate's political ideology" that's really meant for their own benefit, and not white people's."

You do know a corporation is just a group of people like any other right?
Debate Round No. 1
momodugoe

Con

So why it is that corporation donates? It's not for interest?
TheMarketLibertarian

Pro

Why is it that you would donate to the Sanders Campaign?
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by DrCereal 9 months ago
DrCereal
Pro, I think he meant businesses by corporations.
You are aware being pedantic is pathetic, right?
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