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Bailey Jones

I wonder what one has to do to have a half a million, or a million dollars, "on hand"? And for whom?

Carlos Ponce

"for whom?" Advertising and campaign workers.

Bailey Jones

No, Carlos, I was asking what a state representative has to do for his donors to get that kind of money.

Carlos Ponce

"what a state representative has to do for his donors to get that kind of money." Listen. Whether he or she follows through on their thoughts - caveat emptor.

Jose' Boix

It is still odd to me that the political emphasis is on the money raised and used to enable funding a way too long political campaign. So where are the issues? That should be the primary focus in my mind. Somehow we must work to limit both campaign time and funds spent. Talk about limiting folks from being able to run. Just my thoughts.

Bailey Jones

Issues should be the issue, Jose. But the facts are that elections are much more about cash and incumbency. 90% of incumbents are reelected. And 90% of the time, the candidate with the most money wins. And that candidate is usually the incumbent. The question we should all be asking is, where does the money come from, and what favors does it buy?

I would like to see a system that limits campaign donations to individuals only, with some modest upper limit, and only allows donors who live in the candidate's district. No PACs, no bundlers, no dark money, no lobbyists, no "concerned citizens" flooding the airwaves with attack ads. Just the candidates and what they have to say for themselves.

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