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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:39 PM

Three corporations withdraw sponsorship of Commission on Presidential Debates

Source: opendebates.org

For Immediate Release
October 2, 2012

Washington, D.C. In response to an organized email and letter-writing campaign, three of the ten corporations identified as sponsors of the Commission on Presidential Debates have withdrawn their sponsorship. Over the past week, advertising agency BBH New York, nonprofit organization YWCA, and tech giant Philips North America have terminated their sponsorship as a result of accusations that the Commission is anti-democratic and subservient to the major parties. Never before has a sponsor of the Commission withdrawn its support.

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Since its creation by the Republican and Democratic parties in 1987, the Commission has raised millions of dollars from its corporate sponsors. Anheuser-Busch has been, by far, the largest contributor to the Commission, serving as national sponsor of every debate held since 1996. At the debate themselves, Anheuser-Busch girls have distributed Bud Light and pamphlets denouncing beer taxes to journalists and campaign staff.

The Commission is co-chaired by individuals with loyalties to the major parties and a history of lobbying on behalf of corporations. Co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf is the former chair of the Republican Party and the nation's leading gambling lobbyist, as head of the American Gaming Association. Co-chair Mike McCurry is the former press secretary to President Bill Clinton and has lobbied extensively on behalf of the telecommunications industry.

In 1986, the Republican and Democratic National Committees ratified an agreement "to take over the presidential debates" from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters. Fifteen months later, then-Republican Party chair Frank Fahrenkopf and then-Democratic Party chair Paul Kirk incorporated the Commission on Presidential Debates, and it has sponsored every presidential debate since. The Commission exercises a monopoly over the presidential debates and routinely implements and conceals debate contracts that are drafted behind closed-doors by the Republican and Democratic campaigns. Those contracts have often contained anti-democratic provisions that sanitize and weaken debate formats, exclude viable third-party candidates and prohibit additional debates from being held.

Read more: http://www.opendebates.org/threecorporationswithdraw.html

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Reply Three corporations withdraw sponsorship of Commission on Presidential Debates (Original post)
Electric Monk Oct 2012 OP
DreamGypsy Oct 2012 #1
freshwest Oct 2012 #2
blogslut Oct 2012 #3
RKP5637 Oct 2012 #7
ejbr Oct 2012 #12
annabanana Oct 2012 #13
LibGranny Oct 2012 #16
Javaman Oct 2012 #20
Paulie Oct 2012 #26
SalviaBlue Oct 2012 #28
gopiscrap Oct 2012 #31
alfredo Oct 2012 #32
sinkingfeeling Oct 2012 #37
AnOhioan Oct 2012 #4
annabanana Oct 2012 #14
Skittles Oct 2012 #5
dixiegrrrrl Oct 2012 #6
PSPS Oct 2012 #8
AnOhioan Oct 2012 #9
dixiegrrrrl Oct 2012 #10
alp227 Oct 2012 #17
AnOhioan Oct 2012 #38
burrowowl Oct 2012 #19
harmonicon Oct 2012 #30
Beartracks Oct 2012 #35
harmonicon Oct 2012 #36
DeSwiss Oct 2012 #11
skeewee08 Oct 2012 #15
defacto7 Oct 2012 #18
KauaiK Oct 2012 #21
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #22
Wednesdays Oct 2012 #23
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #25
madrchsod Oct 2012 #33
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #34
bucolic_frolic Oct 2012 #24
jerseyjack Oct 2012 #27
SalviaBlue Oct 2012 #29

Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:45 PM

1. Kill Citizens United, ....

give the debates back to the League of Women Voters, and return the United States to its citizens.

'nuff said.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:50 PM

2. +1

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 08:58 PM

3. +2

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:05 PM

7. +3

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:37 PM

12. +4 n/t

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:38 PM

13. +4

Plus Fours?

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:48 PM

16. +1

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:00 PM

20. +1000 nt

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:42 PM

26. +9 3/4

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:56 PM

28. +1

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:25 PM

31. + 1,000,000

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #31)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:35 PM

32. Lane Bryant.

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Response to DreamGypsy (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 09:51 AM

37. Exactly.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:00 PM

4. Of course folks will still watch the scripted performance as if it actually meant something

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Response to AnOhioan (Reply #4)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:38 PM

14. then dance to the spinmeisters tunes. . .n/t

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:03 PM

5. it's why I do not watch the debates

they are pure dog and pony show

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:04 PM

6. I miss the League of Women Voters

I miss the non-partisan, non-corporate debates and elections that we used to have.
And find it amazing that Dem candidates would appear in such heavily commercially backed events.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:17 PM

8. Yes, what we have now is yet another stinking "legacy turd" from the bowels of Saint Ronnie.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:21 PM

9. You are aware the Commission on Presidential Debates is a joint Democratic/Republican concept?

The Dems are not blameless in this matter.

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Response to AnOhioan (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:28 PM

10. Yes, which is why I said:

"And find it amazing that Dem candidates would appear in such heavily commercially backed events".

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Response to AnOhioan (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:49 PM

17. The CPD let Ross Perot debate.

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Response to alp227 (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 08:30 PM

38. It took the candidates demanding his inclusion.....the Commission was gonna exclude him

But both candidates assumed he would draw votes from the other....hence his inclusion. 4 years later, although he ran again..no sign of him in the debates.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:55 PM

19. Don't we all!

Long live the LWV and down with the FEC and the US of A should become a parliamentary system.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #6)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 11:19 PM

30. They're still very important.

I absolutely rely on their voter guides for the down ticket races. I think we'd have a more informed electorate - by far - if there were no campaigning or advertising, and every voter just looked at the candidates' answers to the questions in those voter guides.

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #30)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 01:59 AM

35. Cool. Are those guides online? n/t

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Response to Beartracks (Reply #35)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 02:31 AM

36. I think so.

Check their website. It is voluntary for the candidates to participate, but there's no editorializing. The league just asks some simple questions and gives them a short space to reply. I know that I've read the paper guide before while filling out an absentee ballot, but I'm pretty sure I've used an online one as well. Just hope that the candidates in your area were a part of it.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:32 PM

11. In fascism, this is how they roll......

- The corporations own the system and we're just ''resources'' to be used, as needed. Or not........

K&R

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:40 PM

15. K&R

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 09:54 PM

18. K&R

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:09 PM

21. Used to be sponsored by the League of Women Votes

It was only THIS year that I realized that the parties had taken over the debates. When the presidential debates first started it was sponsored and put on by the League of Women Voters. It should go back to them and be non-partisan.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:11 PM

22. "Anheuser-Busch girls have distributed Bud Light and pamphlets denouncing beer taxes to journalists"

.....sheeze......

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #22)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:32 PM

23. That's a bit of a double standard in that meme

After all, college guys never drink Bud Light nor catch STDs, right?

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #23)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:37 PM

25. Drink enough of that and they'll give it to each other.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #22)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 12:34 AM

33. busch beer is owned by a foreign corporation

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Response to madrchsod (Reply #33)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 12:39 AM

34. So's Romney's money.

.....at least on paper....

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:35 PM

24. Why don't Colleges and Universities Sponsor Debates?

A liberal one, a conservative one, a private one, a public one

a graduate school, an arts school. Surely there are many
well known schools that have government departments, and many
of them not in Washington DC.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #24)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:44 PM

27. Because the Repukes AND the Dems

 

wouldn't participate. They prefer the corporatist system that funds their jobs.

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Response to Electric Monk (Original post)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 10:58 PM

29. K & R

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