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OWS: One demand to rule them all?

Campaign finance could become heart of Occupy movement

As the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is often criticized for lacking a focused agenda, begins to hone its message, one issue has emerged as a possible catch-all: campaign-finance reform.

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Nov 8, 2011, 4:54 pm
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If the Supreme Court ruled it is unconstitutional, then we just need make it constitutional by an amendment.

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Nov 8, 2011, 5:49 pm
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Well, I like most of what I read in this article, especially the part about someone in the flea party actually coming up with an intelligent demand. I don’t have much respect for the flea party, but I have to admit that I like a lot of what I hear.

What I don’t like is the free air time idea. TV and Radio stations are privately owned, and therefore shouldn’t be obligated to show or not show anything. Yeah, journalistic integrity demands they remain unbiased, but whether or not a media outlet chooses to conduct themselves with integrity should be their own choice, and not a requirement.

What I’m also leery of is the “Electoral trust fund”. Who finances that? I feel as if I’m paying plenty in taxes already. I don’t want any of my cash to finance the campaigns of someone I don’t want to see elected.

Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota (as an independent) without taking one dollar of corporate money and raising less than $300,000. It IS possible. Imagine if the playing field were leveled out and everyone had to do what Jesse did back in ‘98…not a bad idea to me.

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