Money, Money, Money, Money…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Money

I’m just speculating here, but I believe we’re witnessing more money being raised earlier than at any other time in history. And hey, thank god for that, right?

No, but seriously…just read this and tell me if it doesn’t make you queasy…

“Clintonites tamp down expectations for first-quarter fund raising, sticking with estimates of up to $25 million, while boosting expectations for Democratic rival Obama. Obama staffer says $8 million to $10 million ‘would be a good quarter, but we’re going to do better than that,’ and Clinton ‘will raise more than everybody in the field.’ Edwards also is expected to do well in the quarter ending tomorrow.”

“Among Republicans, McCain, Romney and Giuliani are expected to be in the $20 million ballpark. McCain and Giuliani camps say they started late, though Giuliani has held 57 fund-raisers since the fall. Strategists in both parties predict Republicans’ take will fall short of Democrats’.”

It’s all about the money folks. Even if we want a viable 3rd party candidate, it’ll have to be somebody independently wealthy like Bloomberg.

My question to you is, in this ever expanding world of social media, could we have a YouTube candidate? Could we have somebody who just pops out of nowhere, uses a social technology to spread his or her message and excite the nation from the bottom up instead of from the top down? Edwards wishes he could be that guy, but he’s not.

Food for thought…


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5 Responses to “Money, Money, Money, Money…”

  1. grognard Says:

    The problem is not getting your name out, the problem is going through the Byzantine rules and regulations the two political parties have put up as barriers to getting on the ballot. Even having a party like unity 08 backing you the challenge to get on every states ballot is still daunting.

  2. Center of Attention | The Moderate Voice Says:

    [...] Justin Gardner reminds us why money-and-politics give us heartburn, and also spotlights the frustration of Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee over why decidely non-theocratic candidates like Rudy are doing better than he is in polls of evangelicals. [...]

  3. Timl Says:

    Money follows support. There is no better system. If we keep the limits where they are, there is a least achance to keeep things slightly sane. I used to be totally behind public financing until I saw – first hand in 2000 – that when Federal dollars kick in, even when support for a candidate has dropped and he should get out, with the new money, the campaign staffs talk the candidate to stay in and fight the “good fight”. They also do this because most have no jobs to go to, bad prospects cause they chose a loser…and they dont want to gibve up free the free blackberrys and hotel rooms. This is also when these “life support” campaigns tend to do the worse damage to the eventual nominee…especially because now they are bitter.

  4. sleipner Says:

    The question is not whether or not to publicly finance campaigns, the question is how to go about doing it to make sure the candidate who wins the election is the best for the job, and is supported by the largest group of constituents, rather than just doubling the money of those who are willing to compromise their morals for cash.

    Just doing matching funds I think is bad, because then you perpetuate the whole problem with the wealthy buying politicians. What we really should have is a means by which a candidate gets a certain dollar amount for every person who supports them in their campaign. Ideally, have a national system by which I, for example, could put my name in for, say, Al Gore in the primary election, and then he would get either a flat amount or a percentage of the total dollars available, based on what percent of those who registered their support for a candidate supported him.

    The only way we are going to get out of the current paradigm of a bought-and-paid-for government is to somehow move back to the 1 person 1 vote method of electing officials. Currently the system is more like $1 million dollars donated / spent = 1% higher chance of getting elected = 1 more compromised Congressman vote next year.

  5. john q. public Says:

    Insiders and investors supply hundreds of clues to allegations of WIDESPREAD ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES and WRONGDOINGS.

    Hundreds of specific answers provided by current and former employees, to almost 100 questions regarding the alleged wrongful activities of Lear Financial (Lear) aka Gold Central such as:

    Are your work related problems at Lear a result of denied freedom of speech?

    Are your work related problems at Lear a result of sexual misconduct or humiliation?

    Do you feel threatened by management or VP’s for attempting to report a crime or wrongdoing?

    Have you absolute direct knowledge of retaliatory action taken against you for your attempts to communicate management or VP’s wrongdoings towards you or others?

    Do much of these things occur almost on a daily basis?

    Further, is Lear Financial Inc., aka Goldcentral.com of Santa Monica, California using major US advertisers to KNOWINGLY deceive investors?

    Each day MORE SAY, YES.

    If true, the following list of advertisers should drop Lear Financial from their advertising spots for the allegations of criminal acts and wrongdoings perpetrated against American investors, its customers, potential customers and employees.

    FOXNEWS Television
    Rush Limbaugh
    AM Coast to Coast with Art Bell & George Norrey
    Michael Medved
    Laura Ingraham
    Dennis Prager
    World Magazine & dozens of others

    That partial list includes some of the largest and respected personalities in broadcasting, particularly from conservative, financial, religious radio or other media outlets, as many personally endorse Lear Financial “on air� to millions of listeners, viewers or readers.

    FOXNEWS Television, for example, broadcasts several national commercials each business day with an actor from TV show Law and Order who comforts the viewers with the promise that Lear Financial will protect their investments and treat them fair.

    In fact, investors from all over the country allege YEARS OF WIDESPREAD PRICE DECEPTION, employees make claims of widespread wrongdoings, such as racial / sexual harassment and other illegal business practices at Lear Financial. Founder/ President Kevin DeMeritt’s many business enterprises include ReferNow, other investment type companies and several income producing real estate properties.

    Kevin DeMeritt’s enterprises are currently using US radio airways, print, web and television to advertise his private business interest. Less not forget Government agencies such as the US Postal services and US banking institutions that have unknowingly moved hundreds of millions of investment dollars due to what many allege as the wrongful, illegal or criminal activities of Kevin DeMeritt.

    Rip off Report.com search “Lear Financial, Gold Central, Buy Gold at Cost, Kevin DeMeritt or Corrupt Companies Santa Monica� for detail and attorney; contact Peter Dion-Kindem of Woodland Hills California.

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