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Sat., March 3, 2012

Limit campaign expenditures

In the Feb. 28 article “Santorum, Romney compete for Michigan,” one can see an unfortunate truth in our election process. However, it seems the real problem is not being addressed. The fact is that the voices of middle- and lower-class citizens are being phased out by corporations and high-income individuals.

There is a reason candidates have a much better chance of being elected if said candidates have more campaigning funds. The real solution is not super PACs or the frivolous idea of eliminating corporate involvement with elections; it is a limit on campaign expenditure. This way every candidate may have limited but equal influence on discussion among the general public.

This would, in theory, reduce the time officials spend away from their office in order to collect campaign contributions. It would also enrich the content that candidates and their affiliates produce.

Furthermore, it would also reduce the chances of a candidate to be influenced by corporate pressure and extortion during their term in office.

Dave Reeves


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