Increase effective prices for broadcasting commercial time.

Jul 2009
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Increase effective prices for broadcasting commercial time.

Many of us are concerned about the huge and growing expenditures for seeking elected offices. I suppose purchasing electronic broadcasting time or space on internet screens is the most expensive single items for national and state-wide campaigns. because that's the most advantageous use of campaign dollars.
Political influence is being auctioned, powers' further gravitating to the wealthiest bidders and reducing the populist character of our democratic republic.

A message may not mention the names of political candidates, parties, drafts of laws or regulations proposed or passed by our governments' legislators, but still be an effective political message. Government cannot and should not attempt determining messages' extents of political purposes.

I doubt if legal and effective federal regulation of political financing could be drafted, but if we succeeded to enact such effective USA laws, they'd surly also sooner lead to our transformation from democracy to fascism.

Purchase of electronic broadcasting services should not be allowed for tax reduction purposes. If the political services cannot be effectively regulated, we should not enable those expenses to be commingled with commercial expenses and in effect be government subsidized.
[Tax deductions currently allowed for creation broadcasting content, (e.g. scripts, art, performances, etc.) would continue to be allowed. There's legal precedent for requiring that a category of expense, (such as purchase of broadcasting services), be legally identified and isolated from all other billing expenses.]
This is a radical proposal. But increasing the effective prices paid for broadcasting commercial interruptions to better retain our democracy and prevent fascism, is a good bargain.

Respectfully, Supposn
 
May 2012
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It is easily the biggest expenditure of a campaign.

95% of campaign dollars go towards advertising, possibly 90% depending on the candidate.

However, they do that because it's effective and it wins elections.
 
Oct 2014
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C-A-N-A-D-A-Eh
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I would argue that given social media, it is far simpler for candidates to cheaply spread their message.

If social media companies could stop themselves from trying to manipulate what people could find, then it really would be a concept of the best ideas floating to the top.
 
Jul 2011
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Memphis, Tn.
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I would argue that given social media, it is far simpler for candidates to cheaply spread their message.

If social media companies could stop themselves from trying to manipulate what people could find, then it really would be a concept of the best ideas floating to the top.
What on earth would give you the notion that "the best ideas would float to the top?"