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DrDragon13
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David12N
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Should politicians be banned from accepting donations from Lobbyists?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/10/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DrDragon13

Pro

Regarding any issue, politicians frequently choose the side that contributes the most to themselves. Presidential candidates are already banned from accepting any kind of gifts or donations, so why should we allow our lawmakers?
David12N

Con

I am not sure it would achieve much. Why does a government not increase the minimum wage? Is it because of donations from business or is there this ideological view that it is bad for people and the economy? Why is welfare not increased to a much higher rate to help the poor? Is it because anti-welfare groups donate money to politicians or is it because of an ideological view that says welfare is bad overall despite the evidence to the contrary. Even people that are not politicians and not receiving donations argue against welfare and minimum wage increases. Why does the gun lobby have so much power during elections? Is it just the money they donate or is it also the amount of money they spend on campaigns against the politicians and to rally the pro-gun members of the population? Something they could still do with a ban on donations.

What would be the alternative to donations? Politicians especially from minor parities could do with funds for their campaign. Public finance is an option but how much is the taxpayer going to have to splash out for that? It would be better if enough everyday people donated small amounts of money to the politicians they like to reduce the need for funds from lobbyists. It would be good if more people got out and voted and cared more about politics. Donations from lobbyists can do harm. That said I don't think banning it would achieve too much. The medical industry does spend a lot of money on lobbying but there is also this irrational fear of national health care that would exist without money being involved and people trying to stop good health reform.
Debate Round No. 1
DrDragon13

Pro

DrDragon13 forfeited this round.
David12N

Con

Given the forfeit of my opponent in the last round there are no rebuttals.

The issue of money going to think tanks would not be addressed with a ban on donations to politicians but can still have an impact on the national debate and in turn policy decisions. Robert Reich for the Huffington Post wrote, "Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians. But no less dangerous is the quieter and more insidious buy-off of institutions democracy depends on to research, investigate, expose, and mobilize action against what is occurring" I would also note that referendums are also a way for lobbyists and their masters to influence public policy with or without a ban on direct donations to politicians by donating to the yes or no campaigns.
Debate Round No. 2
DrDragon13

Pro

DrDragon13 forfeited this round.
David12N

Con

I rest my case.
Debate Round No. 3
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