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political June 12th, 2014 4:26pm

Inspired by Okie: Can someone buy an election?

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jDinOR Oregon
06/13/14 11:28 pm


Meaning Corporate Citizen?

Hell Yes!

MadCow True GOP
06/13/14 6:54 pm

Thanks to PACs and 527s, yes.

2katz I live in Nebraska
06/13/14 3:04 pm

No, but you can buy Viagra and get one.

2katz I live in Nebraska
06/13/14 3:06 pm

Oh. I read the question with an Asian accent... Sorry.
Fa ra ra ra ra, fa ra ra ra.

TheMadScientist the mad laboratory
06/13/14 2:27 pm

We buy abstract things, like the shape of a chair or the license that declares a collection of material a "boat."

Ivyra Earth
06/13/14 2:14 pm

They sure can. Ever seen 'Amazing Grace'?

06/13/14 2:06 pm

Prof. Brat in VA proved that you can't.

grizzy Kansas
06/12/14 9:25 pm

Koch brothers do it all the time.

06/13/14 2:07 pm

Unions have been doing it longer and have spent a ton more money.

elianastar FreeSpeech
06/13/14 2:59 pm

Nat'l Unions brought buying candidates & elections to an art form. Koch Bros are 58th largest contributors & they do *not* contribute to solely "TEA Party" causes/candidates. Koch Bros can't *touch* Unions for political influence.

itsOkay no longer answering here
06/12/14 8:00 pm

Nope. Only voters can vote.

Diogenes FreeMeBe
06/12/14 5:06 pm

It's easier in the general election than the primaries.

NotHomeYet formerly fgw0369
06/12/14 4:28 pm

Sometimes...Because so many people aren't paying attention, they hear sound bites from ads, don't do their own homework and the one with more money spent gets electe

elianastar FreeSpeech
06/13/14 3:02 pm

Ignorance/apathy 2 biggest reasons for current/recent state of affairs. ALL sides need to stop listening to propaganda, do OWN research, do opposition research (challenge own beliefs by making opposite case), & stop promoting partisanship. All y'all!

Shazam Scaramouche, OH
06/12/14 2:48 pm

Absolutely. I am not sure though that the person running for office can though.

imanag My heaven on Earth
06/12/14 1:39 pm

I suppose so. When it's all over, we can call each other on our Obamaphones and discuss the results.

jvc1133 61535
06/12/14 12:50 pm

In various places in the country, Yes

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/12/14 11:32 am

Obama's president, isn't he? You can buy votes with money and/or promises. He won with false promises.

WhoAreYou Up In The Trees
06/12/14 11:18 am

Happens often I'm sure

teachinla California
06/12/14 10:27 am

Joe Kennedy paid the Mafia to fabricate votes, and win the election for JFK. I am blaming Joe, not JFK.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
06/12/14 10:19 am

Name one election that was won by votes exchanged for cash? I'm not talking about exceptionally large donations given in hopes of having influence AFTER an election, but actual votes sold. It can't happen. If it does, it's fraud and we need voter ID.

soupyquinn Jr. nuke tester
06/12/14 10:23 am

Actually, they used to totally do that. Show your ballot to a party rep and get a shot of whiskey. Now they just promise money after the fact. (see below)

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
06/12/14 10:48 am

Existing government programs and handouts do not buy votes. You still haven't proved elections have been bought.

soupyquinn Jr. nuke tester
06/12/14 10:52 am

Changes to existing programs, or promises of defending them do. A person dependant on welfare cannot vote for someone who will cut the program, but can and will vote for someone who promises more payouts.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
06/12/14 3:19 pm

That's loyalty to entitlements not buying an election.

EarlyBird Portland
06/12/14 9:44 am

Yes, of course.

06/12/14 9:46 am

I agree. However, usually other people buy it for them.

veritas1 Panda
06/12/14 9:30 am

Maybe, depending on the race.

But that's not the important issue. The real issue is buying out sitting senators and the implications of the donation after they've been elected. The interests just donate to the guy they think will win and be their

veritas1 Panda
06/12/14 9:31 am

bitch in congress.

political Georgia
06/12/14 9:32 am

In other words, it is the voters' fault for having low political efficacy.

soupyquinn Jr. nuke tester
06/12/14 9:29 am

Yup. Welfare, ss spending, medicare/caid expansion, etc.

political Georgia
06/12/14 9:32 am

Haha! I didn't think about it that way.

06/12/14 9:33 am

That's exactly how it done.

soupyquinn Jr. nuke tester
06/12/14 9:34 am

I've always maintained that govt programs are used to buy elections. No difference between "vote for me and get $20" and "vote for me and get $20 in govt program handouts" except you used to get your $20 on the spot, now it's just a promise.

ScrewU Gone
06/12/14 9:59 am

DeToqueville figured that out in the 1700s.

bMyComrade Stumptown
06/13/14 2:10 pm

Maybe, I'm sure giving my vote to the party that's going to help the marginalized and not voting for a party that wants to take away societal support. Guess they bought my vote. If you vote in support of promises for lower taxes they bought yours.

06/13/14 2:21 pm

If you think either of party is really trying to accomplish either of those goals, you aren't paying enough attention.

soupyquinn Jr. nuke tester
06/13/14 2:24 pm

May I point out you used the word "either". Either is only used to refer to two items. There are more than two political parties.

06/13/14 2:26 pm

I'm obviously talking about the two dominant parties. But I think you already know that.