• David Zenger

    The funniest thing about contribution limits is the way it actually makes buying influence so much cheaper.

    A county supervisor can be had for a couple grand an election cycle. And that’s a lot less expensive than buying influence in a Third World country.

  • Bob and Barb

    BOB: Are campaign contributions a bad thing?
    BARB: Depends

    BOB: ???
    BARB: For example, if you want a city contract and you give 3 city council members $1000 each, tyhat sounds a lot like bribary, doesn’t it?

    BOB: Isn’t it?
    BARB: No. Because the people who get the money wrote a law that says if you give the money to their campaign it’s legal. Other wise if you gave it to them directly it would be a bribe.

    BOB: But if you give it to their campaign, doesn’t mean it saves them personal money because they don’t have to spend their own money.
    BARB: Exactly. It’s not illegal, but we all know what’s happening.

    BOB: I see.
    BARB: And if you’re a developer and you want the city to re-zone property so you can make millions, then you give $10,000 to the council members and they approve your deal.

    BOB: I see. People who make money from buying city council votes and funnelling it into their campaign committees are committing legal bribery.
    BARB: That’s how I see it.

    BOB: What about a citizen giving money to the council? Isn’t that their right to support people they want in office?
    BARB: If they have no financial interest then I agree.