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indago
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10/16/2014 8:19:15 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
From The New York Times 13 October 2014:
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...thanks to lax or nonexistent regulation, a race can be dominated by a single spender, with his own policy agenda, essentially working in collaboration with a campaign. That is the conclusion of a report issued Monday by the Brennan Center for Justice: "Independent" spending on state and local elections has predictably skyrocketed since Citizens United, and coordination laws in many states are either too vague or weakly enforced.

The Supreme Court"s central rationale for allowing unlimited independent spending in support of a candidate is based on the unrealistic notion that the money and the candidate"s campaign are, in fact, separate. But, as the report illustrates, former campaign advisers slide easily into jobs at super PACs that support their old bosses, and candidates work closely with these groups, fund-raising for them and sharing everything from campaign videos to polling data. The theoretical difference between direct contributions and independent spending, the report says, has now been blurred "beyond recognition."
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Khaos_Mage
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10/16/2014 1:50:39 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Here's the thing with Super Pacs:
They cannot work in league with the campaign, although we both know they often go hand in hand, as the endorsement is based on a single issue that represents the Super Pacs purpose.

So, tell me, why is this any different than a gay rights advocate/group endorsing a candidate who supports gay marriage, or condemning a candidate who doesn't?

Tell me why corn farmers should not be allowed to publicly say someone's policies will cause them strife by banning corn syrup.

Tell me why a sole proprietorship is allowed to use the businesses money to influence policies, but not a corporation.

Thank you.
My work here is, finally, done.