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Discuss domestic issues. Like gun control.

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Would the vote to deregulate banks fall under this category?

Will it ever be possible to put the clamps on lobbyists in our lifetime? I'm going to have to re-watch The Big Short soon.
 

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Maybe the most important factor in the survival of a functional government in this country.
No matter which party, as evidenced by the anti-ACA bills and the Tax "Reform" bill, one cannot expect a responsive representative when donors and businesses essentially pay for their campaigns.

There should be a strict one-person limit for the primary and general, capped at $____. The same for corporate persons that donate the same as a private individual.

And do away with the $10,000 per plate dinner bullshit. They can only charge the cost of the making the meal.
 

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Campaign finance reform is really the root cause of the disfunction in Washington. Special interests, corporate donations and shady fund raising tactics have bought and sold politicians for years. It has only made things worse since the citizens united ruling a few years ago.

If we address this, Washington will become more moderate and less extreme which is a good thing. Easy to say, incredibly difficult to do.
 

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There already are strict limits on how much can be donated to a specific candidate.

Where it is open is in donations to "issue" groups -- money that is not actually controlled by a candidate. I think any limitations on that would unacceptably quell freedom of speech/press.
 

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And do away with the $10,000 per plate dinner bullshit. They can only charge the cost of the making the meal.
I dont understand this one. Those are legit fundraisers for the candidates. No different than a school holding a silent auction. Why have the meals if they are not going to raise money?
 

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There already are strict limits on how much can be donated to a specific candidate.

Where it is open is in donations to "issue" groups -- money that is not actually controlled by a candidate. I think any limitations on that would unacceptably quell freedom of speech/press.
To a blind man, a wink is as good as a nod.
 

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This seems like an incredibly easy to see conflict of interest.

 

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Would the vote to deregulate banks fall under this category?

Will it ever be possible to put the clamps on lobbyists in our lifetime? I'm going to have to re-watch The Big Short soon.
As a friend of mine who works in banking told me the other day, "this is lining up to be a fucking economic hurricane."
 

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Campaign finance reform is really the root cause of the disfunction in Washington. Special interests, corporate donations and shady fund raising tactics have bought and sold politicians for years. It has only made things worse since the citizens united ruling a few years ago.

If we address this, Washington will become more moderate and less extreme which is a good thing. Easy to say, incredibly difficult to do.
Yeah, the current system has basically ensured that politicians only care about their rich donors and the corporations that bankroll them rather than the best interests of their constituents.
 
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