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Backstory: A History of Money in Politics

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mother Jones staff reporter Andy Kroll examines the four-decade fight over campaign fundraising and spending in American politics. His article, "Follow the Dark Money, " is in the July/August issue of Mother Jones.

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Andy Kroll

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Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

@Smokey from LES -

How the large stacks of money is going to work in the coming election...

1) There are only so many minutes of media time available, so the GOP will plan a 'distributed denial of service' attack buying up minutes that they may not even use in order to keep them away from the Democrats...

2) Campaign and SuperPAC money will be used to run the most steeply negative campaign ever. Negative campaigns are not intended to make you vote for someone but to keep you from voting for the other guy. The GOP is more excited about kicking Obama out than the Democrats are about keeping Obama in. Obama has to change that. All we need to do is show up and vote but A LOT of money is going to be spent trying to convince folks that voting for Obama is not such a great idea.

Jul. 12 2012 02:01 PM
Smokey from LES

I know very well who Obama is and who Romney is. No amount of money or advertisements could change my mind who I will vote for. Are there really that many people who will change their vote depending on the number of ads they see? Amazing!

Jul. 12 2012 01:44 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Public campaign financing and FULL disclosure...Otherwise our government is for sale and I'm pretty sure I won't like the new owner.

What's an appropriate way to raise the money for campaigns. I would favor steering the Employer match portion of FICA withholding ...OR maybe having the Feds collect the states sales tax for Internet sales for the states and keep .001 per cent (or less) to defray systems expense and finance elections.

Is there any possibility that we can reduce/remove all campaigning until after Labor Day or has our First Amendment already squashed that?

Jul. 12 2012 01:41 PM
Cara from Jersey City

Is it true that enacting Campaign Finance Reform would lead to solutions to issues like, the war on drugs, health care costs, big agri industrial war and prison complex, SOPA/SIPA?

Jul. 12 2012 01:25 PM

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