Obama Money

Rolling in it:

Having now collected more than $605 million altogether, the freshman senator shows no concern over the appearance of buying the presidency. Imagine for a moment the national political conversation that could be going on now if rich Republicans had raked in that much loot for one campaign.

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  1. Most complaints about “buying” an election center around large contributions from individual donors. I think people are concerned that if one person were able to donate, say, a million dollars, then that individual may have undue influence over the elected official. Most of Obama’s contributions have been in very small amounts, but from an enormous amount of people. It is more difficult to be unethically beholden to “the people” than “a person.”

    Having said that, money does have an unquestionably large effect on campaigns. I keep hearing stories about McCain pulling out of certain states. If he had the same amount of money to spend as Obama, he wouldn’t be giving up on anything. We will probably be readdressing the issue of campaign finance reform (one of McCain’s old favorites) when this is all said and done.

  2. chiefmuser

    re: your first paragraph.
    There is some significant doubt that Obama did, in fact, get all that money just in small amounts from an enourmous amount of people.

    As you’ll see in my next post, Obama’s campaign disabled the anti-fraud protections in their system to accept online credit card donations; they could be coming from anyone.

    And that’s over and above the already-confirmed donations that exceeded personal limits.

    Obama’s campaign is showing nothing but contempt for US campaign fincance law, not to mention his own promise to accept public funding.

    Can we really trust anything he has promised?

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