How to articulate an objection to fundraising
Some friends are hosting a party this evening as a political fundraiser for someone who is running for Governor. The "suggested donation" was $50 per person.
When I see them, or any other friend who may have attended this party, if they ask why I didn't go, how do I explain?
I have nothing against the hosts of the party, or the political party being represented, and I have nothing against the person running for office. He is my current state representative.
I don't like the idea that the only way of getting face time with a political representative is if you're willing to fork over the cash. Joe Biden was here for a $500 a plate dinner. Really? Aren't you currently Vice President? Why do you need money so badly?
I wish there was a way to make politics not be so money-centric.
Hey, my boss shelled out $30K to go to the DNC in Denver. And you are reading corrently THIRTY FRICKING THOUSAND DOLLARS to go and get a seat. He wanted to talk stimulus apparently and the one way to do it was to shell out.
There is no way around this, unless we change election laws. And freedom of speech always comes up as an issue when we try to do that.
A recent Supreme Court ruling gave corporations the freedom to spend as much money as they wanted to in order to promote a candidate, raising the financial stakes even higher.
So this problem isn't going to go away any time soon. In fact, it is only going to get worse since that SC ruling, seeing as corporations have very deep pockets and lots of reasons to back the candidate of their choice.
Interestingly [from Wikipedia]:
Elections cost money. Marketing costs money. It's just a fact of life. I'm in the middle of it myself (hubby is running), and I'm almost shocked how even in small towns for itty bitty positions, how it can easily add up.
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