Inspired by Okie: Can someone buy an election?
Meaning Corporate Citizen?
Thanks to PACs and 527s, yes.
No, but you can buy Viagra and get one.
Oh. I read the question with an Asian accent... Sorry.
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We buy abstract things, like the shape of a chair or the license that declares a collection of material a "boat."
They sure can. Ever seen 'Amazing Grace'?
Prof. Brat in VA proved that you can't.
Koch brothers do it all the time.
Unions have been doing it longer and have spent a ton more money.
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.
Nope. Only voters can vote.
It's easier in the general election than the primaries.
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
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!
Absolutely. I am not sure though that the person running for office can though.
I suppose so. When it's all over, we can call each other on our Obamaphones and discuss the results.
In various places in the country, Yes
indirectly I believe so
Obama's president, isn't he? You can buy votes with money and/or promises. He won with false promises.
Happens often I'm sure
Joe Kennedy paid the Mafia to fabricate votes, and win the election for JFK. I am blaming Joe, not JFK.
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.
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)
Existing government programs and handouts do not buy votes. You still haven't proved elections have been bought.
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.
That's loyalty to entitlements not buying an election.
Terry Mcauliffe did.
Yes, of course.
I agree. However, usually other people buy it for them.
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
bitch in congress.
In other words, it is the voters' fault for having low political efficacy.
Yup. Welfare, ss spending, medicare/caid expansion, etc.
Haha! I didn't think about it that way.
That's exactly how it done.
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.
DeToqueville figured that out in the 1700s.
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.
If you think either of party is really trying to accomplish either of those goals, you aren't paying enough attention.
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.
I'm obviously talking about the two dominant parties. But I think you already know that.