View Full Version : Elections 40 Executives Ask Congress to Stop Pestering them for $$

01-22-2010, 02:23 PM
In the wake of the SCOTUS ruling, a bunch of executives have written Congress telling them to stop bugging them for money.

I strongly favor federal funding of all federal elections and prohibiting candidates from engaging in fund raising activities, or accepting junkets and excessive gifts).

Remove the incentive for shady deals, and weaken lobbyists power, all at a cost that we really NEED to afford, and which would be pennies compared to the overall budget anyway.

Note that my idea has nothing to do with what corporations decide to do on their own, though I would probably require some kind of prohibition on elected officials requesting that people/entities spend money on their behalf at election time.

Here's a portion of the article:

Roughly 40 executives from companies including Playboy Enterprises, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, the Seagram's liquor company, toymaker Hasbro, Delta Airlines and Men's Wearhouse sent a letter to congressional leaders Friday urging them to approve public financing for House and Senate campaigns. They say they are tired of getting fundraising calls from lawmakers and fear it will only get worse after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling.

The court ruled that corporations and unions can spend unlimited money on ads urging people to vote for or against candidates. The decision was sought by interest groups including one that represents American businesses, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They argued that restrictions on ads they could finance close to elections violated their free-speech rights, and the court agreed.

01-22-2010, 02:41 PM
Looks phoney as hell. Seagrams gave under 25 grand to candidates. Why would they have all these new folks asking for money whern they have no track record of giving?