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The best election money can buy

Published: Tue, October 19, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

The best election money can buy

Because of a Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited campaign contributions with no disclosure as to the source of the funds, hundreds of millions of dollars are pouring into the Republican Party. The whole thing is orchestrated by none other than Karl Rove. This election may be bought and paid for by the likes of Fox News owner Rupert Murdock and other like-minded billionaires.

To put things in perspective, the 2006 midterm election had a funding disclosure of 97 percent. This election, the disclosure rate is a dismal 32 percent. If these billionaires, including Murdock and the Koch brothers (whose net worth increased by $5 billion last year alone) are so proud of their choices for our governor, Senate and House of Representatives, why don’t they take responsibility for their political ads? Why do they hide in the shadows?

The Senate recently considered a bill to bring “secret” campaign contributions into the light of day. That sounds reasonable enough, but every Republican opposed it.

It is said that if a lie or half truth is repeated often enough, some people will begin to believe it. With the hundreds of millions of mystery dollars flying around in the Republican Party, this election may be bought by billionaires who have their own “special needs.” They believe in deregulation so business can take care of itself. They want to continue the artificial transfer of wealth from the shrinking middle class to themselves, the billionaire “puppet masters.”

If no one takes credit for it, something is very wrong and no amount of “secret” campaign contributions will make a lie a truth, no matter how often it is repeated.

Ken Drombosky, Boardman


1Nonsocialist(710 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I was looking for the paragraph about ACORN, or the New Black Panthers, or the felon votes that elected comedian Al Franken....

Ken, there's something out there called "the truth" ...find it fast.

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2seagull(20 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

A very bad ruling by the Supreme Court. Of course, the majority are Republican or Bush appointees. Clarence Thomas, who has never said a word during hearings, is a misogynistic, perverted stooge. Pity when you consider how much money is being wasted on political advertising. Most of us have completely tuned out by this point. My friends in the local media say for the remaining two weeks, 90% of what we'll see locally is political advertising.

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3howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

100 % public financed federal elections would solve this. If you can't vote you can't contribute. Max contribution $50 per campaign. Free and equal access to the public airwaves for all candidates in a race. No more PAC's, no paid lobbyists, no contribution from non living entities be they unions or corporations!

If elections become solely about money, then those without money become disenfranchised.
Taxation without representation is tyranny.
Tyranny is a valid reason to use 2nd amendment rights to overthrow an unjust government!

Don't vote for any candidates that support annonymous contributions, corporations = people, or PAC's

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4seagull(20 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Not sure how you define "perverted"...being a brilliant, indepedent-thinking judicial scholar? Try a little independent thought yourself...it might do you some good!

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5eagleye(59 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Interesting distortion of the facts. I see that unlimited UNION contributions are on the same par with corporations. Did you read the actual Supreme Court ruling????? It's call freedom of speech..including political speech. This ruling cleared up what was much earlier predicted to be the unconstitutional language in the McCain-Feingold Election Reform Bill. It was always expected to go to the Supreme Court for clarification. So...the writer of the letter, and others who've commented here about this being only about corporate donations to elections is nothing more of the same amnesia when it comes to facts. Go check how much anonymous money gets buried by the Soros' Tide's Foundation, or how many mega-millions in union member's dues are given to politicians. In the last election cycle, virtually ALL of the large donations went to DEMOCRAT candidates. Most donations to Republicans were from individuals in amounts of $50 or less. Oh, I forgot, facts are a nasty thing, and seem to just keep getting in the way.

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6Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I agree with eagle, no one is complaining about the union contributions.

These people would write the rules to suit their own needs and let everyone else hang out to dry if they could.

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7eagleye(59 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

They can fool some of the people some of the time, but they (Democrats) can't fool all of the people all of the time.

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8jojuggie(1607 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I wonder what planet this guy Ken lives on.
Govt. employee unions alone have given $87,500,000 to elect Democrats. SEIU has given another $44,000, 000. When you include other unions, the total comes to about $171,000,000.
The US Chamber of Commerce has donated 75,000,000.

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9VINDYAK(1809 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

And Barney Frank continues to roll in $40,000 "donations" and tropical island vacation"gifts" given from the banks that cashed in on TARP money. I guess being a Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has its merits. Who said you have to be Republican to be rich.

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10piak(508 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Everytime I read a reply on these boards by a Lefty (Progressive/Liberal...whatever) their rants are always alike...programmed, bringing up the same-old same-old. Programmed as in "brainwashed" or "indoctrinated". Watch a TV panel show and it's the same.

Want to see what this country is headed for in the next few years? Take a look-see at the French rioting over the change of the mandatory retirement age from 60 to 62. Wait till the needed entitlement cuts begin...man, the French actions will seem like a "walk in the park".

It's all part of the One World we are being prepared for by the Libs/Progessives. That is...if the Leftys win. And seeing the activity going on even a week from the election, I wouldn't bet against them winning. If you think life is dull now, just wait for the next couple year's developments.

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