How much is too much political spending?

I was watching Face the Nation yesterday and amazed at how much money is being spent on this election. Here’s part of the show transcript:

“BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, it’s all about the money, or is it? Whatever it’s about, the midterm election will be the most expensive ever. How expensive–3.7 billion.

That’s billion with a B. With nine days to go, both sides have their big guns on the stump.”

$3.7 billion. No tally yet on the cost of the North Dakota races. Do you think it’s necessary for elections to cost this much?

2 thoughts on “How much is too much political spending?

  1. There needs to be a limit on political spending in election cycles. They also need to limit political contributions to individual Americans, and stop allowing Special Interest Groups to be able to contribute $$$. Our elections are being bought and paid for Corporations, and also in increasing frequency by out of Country national groups with their own agendas!

    How about this for a solution.

    1. As has been suggested nationally, we need to have the Federal Elections Commission be the only source of funding for State and Federal political campaigns.

    2. Candidates for election can receive $1 million dollars per election cycle for the entire election costs from #1 above.

    3. Candidates can not advertise on TV until 6 weeks before the election, and may only advertise once per hour on one station.

    4. No outside Political Action Committees or other special interest groups can buy a politician.. err I mean donate to a politician. This will eliminate a candidate having to pander to special interests, and instead focus on individual citizens and especially not big corporations.

    5. America needs to look at adopting a Parliamentary system of government on the Federal level. American society can no longer be neatly categorized into simply 2 political parties. My political views do not fit neatly into any current Party. I’m sure many others don’t either.

    Our current system is EXTREMELY broke. Americans are sick and tired of being pandered to during election season by politicians anxious to get into office, only to be forgotten about 30 days later for another few years. Having Political parties have to deal with 4 or 5 political groups to NEGOTIATE and gain consensus and support from a majority of those parties, will go a LONG way toward enacting common sense legislation that benefits a greater majority of Americans.

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