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What’s Wrong With The System

From today’s Sacramento Bee.  Candidates running for President raised $144 million in direct contributions in the third quarter of 2015.  Federal law caps individual donations at $2,700 per donor.  But there is no such limit for donations to political action committees and most of the candidates have what are called super PACs.  During the first six months of 2015, $211 million was donated to those super PACs.  Only 158 people accounted for $176 million of that $211 million.  Only 47 people have accounted for $103 million raised for Jeb Bush’s super PAC.  5 people accounted for $37 million donated to a super PAC for Ted Cruz.  And 16 people accounted for $17 million donated to Hillary Clinton’s super PAC.  There is more data in the editorial, but I don’t think anymore is needed.  We know who controls our elections and our candidates.  Except when they don’t.  Bernie Sanders refuses the help of a super PAC.  84% of the money he has raised this year has come from people donating $200 or less.

8 responses to “What’s Wrong With The System

  1. Pamela Beckford October 18, 2015 at 8:51 am

    We have a flawed election system – from money raised to term limits in Congress. No one has had the stomach to deal with any of it (even though they may say they do BEFORE being elected). Plus to have a presidential election go on for 2 YEARS is ridiculous. I guess it takes that long to raise and spend all that money 😉

    • kingmidget October 18, 2015 at 9:02 am

      If you’re suggesting there should be term limits in Congress, I’m going to have to disagree. We have them in California for just about every office and they create more dysfunction than they fix. Officeholders in California have no loyalty to the institutions to which they are elected and they don’t spend enough time there to gain any real policy expertise. Congress doesn’t currently have term limits and I hope it never does. I agree with everything else. I would love to see some real limits placed on the length of campaigns.

  2. Bruce Thiesen October 18, 2015 at 8:56 am

    How the current arrangement doesn’t outrage anyone who holds democracy dear, I don’t know.

  3. John Callaghan October 18, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I wonder how much of a politicians time is spent on thinking about campaign funds and not on representing the people who elected him or her?

  4. Kevin Brennan October 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    I think I’d be more excited about Bernie if I didn’t remember Ralph Nader back in 2000. He had the same small donor policy, and he was speaking to probably the same segment of the electorate. But the problem is always the difference between the primary voters and the general election voters. Bernie’s never going to win Pennsylvania or Illinois. I like to think he could win California. But he won’t win any Southern states (then again, neither will Hillary), and he probably wouldn’t win Colorado or Oregon or other Western purple states.

    It’s a depressing time to be an idealist…

    • kingmidget October 18, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      As I said to a friend just a few short hours ago, the problem with Bernie Sanders is that a majority of Americans agree the main economic argument he makes, but it is an argument that is easily twisted into something that will leave a majority of Americans unwilling to vote for him. It’s a shame.

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