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TomM August 12th, 2015 5:46am

Trump is funding his own campaign and can spend his money how he likes. Other candidates are limited by campaign finance laws. Should they have the same rights as Trump or do you prefer to keep status quo?

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jvc1133 61535
08/14/15 4:24 am

More rights BS, things aren't equal, face it. 😎

thatguy2 We tried to warn you
08/13/15 11:47 pm

All equal, but by that I mean they should all be publicly financed campaigns. The amount of money being spent is obscene and anti-democratic.

PyroSadist like my comments follow
08/13/15 10:22 pm

I fully support their right to fund their campaign themselves. They do that they can spend the money how they damn well want to.

Of course hillary can't do that...according to her she and bill are broke.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/12/15 9:32 am

They do have the same rights as Trump, but they're limited by their finances. It's nice to be rich and rich people should be able to spend their money how they like. It's theirs.

GrandmaALiCE For a better 2021
08/12/15 1:14 pm

That's correct. However, by the same reasoning, we could argue against campaign finance laws. Rich people should be allowed to spend their own money as they like ... by donating as much as they want to any candidate.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/12/15 2:14 pm

Indeed, they should be allowed to donate as much as they want, and everyone else too.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/12/15 2:18 pm

Campaign finance laws should seek to eliminate foreign influence on elections, bribes, outright lies in advertisements (tricky to do in politics), and not attempt to limit free speech by controlling spending.

tsd715 New York City
08/12/15 6:08 am

No, give each candidate a ceiling of maybe 50-100 million dollars to spend and outlaw TV ads. Limit the campaign to 6 weeks and make everyone dosclose their donors and how much they donated if it was over a few thousand dollars.

dfish at home
08/12/15 12:06 pm

Sounds like there's a lot of government control in your idea of a perfect world

tsd715 New York City
08/12/15 1:03 pm

Would you rather have the government put sensible regulations on campaign finance or have corporate interests buying our elections?

corino Utah
08/12/15 1:45 pm

They aren't buying anything but air time. You don't click on every stupid pop up ad in your web browser.

tsd715 New York City
08/12/15 2:32 pm

I'm not an ad exec, but if it were ineffective, companies wouldn't advertize. Think of all the suckers that buy as seen on TV stuff. It's essentially the same thing.

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
08/12/15 5:20 am

All equal, but in the direction your talking about. I believe unlimited money is more hurtful than helpful.

08/12/15 7:05 am

I wasn't proposing any specific action, I just see it as unfair that Trump has much more freedom to spend as he likes and doesn't have to disclose the same way etc.

Whichendisup uniquely unoriginal
08/12/15 7:08 am

First, there's a mistake above, it should read "but not"

I agree, he does have an unfair advantage. But I don't believe that the answer involves more money. I think that allowing unlimited funds only compounds the problem.

TheCameron UCF
08/11/15 10:55 pm

They can all spend their own money how they like. They all cannot spend the PAC money how they'd like. They all have a billionaire backing them, Trump's billionaire is himself.

08/12/15 12:06 am

When they are self funded like Trump they effectively can run their own super pac and can spend their how they like. There are no campaign finance restrictions for Trump.

PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
08/11/15 10:47 pm

I don't think it's an issue if they're self funded. It's an issue when they're selling influence.