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    Your ideas are good, but several years ago, I think I came up with a better idea regarding Campaign Financing Reform. I suggest NO new Laws! Encourage one of the Candidates to commit to NEVER accepting more than $50K per year. All Reporters would be intrigued by that, as all Senators and Congressmen now pay themselves $174K (plus perks). I am sure that such a Candidate would fascinate all Voters (ensuring a good turnout) and Reporters would love to interview such a Candidate, even in Debates with Incumbents who would need to defend their $174K.

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      Your proposal does nothing to create more transparent elections. By equating money with speech, the Supreme Court has endowed certain individuals vastly more influence than the rest of the electorate combined.

      Compensation for representatives is supposed to be high enough to allow any inclined individual poor or rich the means to run as well as to prevent bribery. Your proposal would discourage the poor from running and encourage bribery.

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        The Supreme Court did not equate money with speech or endow any individuals with special rights. (And nor did they hold that “corporations are people,” the other claim both parties and our news media reports about the case).

        In Citizens United the Court merely held that the two political parties cannot not censor speech by individuals or groups of individuals who wish to join the political debate, Hardly a surprising ruling under the First Amendment protection that was the basis of the decision.

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    The question I have Lawrence, is HOW your campaign super PAC proposal will stop private donors from continuing to fund millions into candidates? How can you control the limits? Say you cap it at 500k each

    this doesnt stop the Koch bros or anyone else from running ads till the cows come home or ‘donating’ time, media ads, radio spots, etc. because of the right of free speech and enterprise.

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    But since we are all in agreement that the system has become “rigged,” and that members of both political parties, as well as many influential citizens outside government are involved in this criminal activity, why not insist that government begin to use the tools our laws already provide for solving the problem: Prosecution of those responsible?

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