Sunday, August 2, 2015

Billionaires and Millionaires Financing Presidential Campaigns

Every major candidate for President of the United States has a millionaire, or billionaire behind him or her attempting to buy influence.  So far, more than $250 million dollars has been donated to fund Super PAC's, which are nothing more than a way around campaign financing laws already on the books.  40 of the rich have given a combined total of $60 million alone and we have not really even started the election campaign.  Let's face it, in general, whoever raises the most money wins the election.  Matter of fact, voting has become a side show.  Before the 2016 elections are over, billions of dollars will be spent to buy elective offices.  It is what it is. 

However, this election cycle will be slightly different because of Donald Trump.  Normally, what happens is that candidates that do not end up in the 1, 2 or 3 spot during initial primaries fade away because their money dries up.  But, the Donald can fund his own campaign, which guarantees that no matter where he ends up in initial primaries, he can go until the very end of the process.  That means that he will control some number of delegates at the Republican Convention even if he does not win the nomination.  That means that if there is a contest between two others, Donald Trump could end up being the king maker as he throws his delegates to one of those candidates. 

Establishment Republicans absolutely hate Donald Trump because he does not need their money to run his race.   As a result, he can't be bought, or controlled.  What the Conservative  Base of the Republican Party has learned through the last few cycles is that Republicans, once elected, can't be trusted to actually implement Republican Core Principles.  They talk a good game; but when push comes to shove they don't have the guts to really push for the things Republicans hold dear.  And, in a worse case scenario as we have seen in Nevada, where this Blogger lives and in Washington DC, they actually betray us by voting for more spending, Socialist Schemes and higher taxes.

As a result, many in the Republican Party that would have donated to various local, state and federal Republican candidates are now sitting on our hands and check books because we are fed up with all of them.  This will make millionaires and billionaires even more powerful in their ability to control elections.  Forget about campaign finance reform.  The only way to fix this is to enact Balanced Budget and Term Limits Constitutional Amendments to help stop the corruption and feeding at the trough.  Naturally, Socialists would be opposed; but so are RINOS that like being in office for life so that they can continue feeding at the trough too. 

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