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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 05:57 AM

 

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters sees little difference in Bloomberg using his fortune and others....

Maxine Waters sees little difference in Bloomberg using his fortune and others tapping donors

Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters defended Mike Bloomberg’s right to self-finance his presidential campaign Thursday on CNBC, suggesting the billionaire’s own money was not much different from money raised by other candidates.

“We live in a democracy, unless it’s undermined by this president who doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Waters said on “The Exchange.” “The democracy, and the way it gives everybody an opportunity, is what we basically believe in.”

...But even if Bloomberg’s campaign spending is far ahead of his rivals, the former New York mayor has not “violated any laws, any rules,” Waters said.

“And whether you have your own money or whether you’re collecting it from thousands or millions of people in small amounts, that’s the way the democracy works,” she said....


https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/13/maxine-waters-weighs-in-on-mike-bloomberg-2020-campaign.html

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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:54 AM

1. She's not wrong.

 

I just hope we never get to the point where only the wealthy can afford to campaign for and serve in office...
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Response to PAMod (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:33 AM

2. We are already there. . . .

 

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:22 AM

9. And it will stay that way with Citizen United and a Republican controlled Congress and WH.

 

FIRST BEAT TRUMP!
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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 07:41 AM

3. I forget, did Ross Perot fund his own campaign in '92?

 

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:18 AM

6. I don't remember if he totally self funded

 

But he had a TON of enthusiasm and tapped into those that dislike both parties. He didn't do this much advertising and he connected more deeply with voters in a folksy way. If he hadn't dropped out and dropped back in he may have won. That eroded much of his support. I don't think he was key to Clinton winning though like Republicans say. Because at the time in head to head polling without Perot, Clinton was still beating Bush. I know that wasn't an answer to your question but it sent me down memory lane 😂
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Response to sunnybrook (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:22 AM

10. Although he did buy blocks of time

 

In prime time television where he used charts to talk about the deficit. But not a sophisticated ad approach that I recall like Bloomberg.
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Response to sunnybrook (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:23 AM

11. I loved his pointer for all of his charts...

 

A dried and shriveled up alligator foot....his "voodoo stick".-
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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:56 AM

14. Enjoyed the memory of his dried and shriveled up alligator foot....his "voodoo stick".

 

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Response to mia (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 12:56 PM

17. Ha! Love it!

 

Gore looks so young.
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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:03 AM

4. Which begs the question as to why we even need political parties.

 

If individuals can basically buy elected office, who needs a support network?
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Response to jalan48 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:19 AM

8. Buying ads and buying an elected office are not quite the same thing.

 

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:54 AM

16. True that's why Bloomberg has more than just ads and the aggregate is buying an office. The rules

 

... no doubt need to change
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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:18 AM

5. The republicans established the massive increase in political election spending. CITIZEN UNITED!

 

Now that it is coming back to bite them with Bloomberg's ability to spend his own billions to get elected they are unhappy.

Bloomberg, IMO, has what it takes to fight Trump toe to toe, dollar for dollar. In my opinion, beating Trump IS and should be the major goal of the 2020 election.

I don't see how any of the programs the other Democratic candidates propose would stand any chance of getting passed with McTurtle in the Senate and Trump in the White House.

Hell, they STOLE a SCOTUS seat from President Obama and although the House under Pelosi's leadership has passed hundreds of bills they are all bottled up in the Senate because of MoscowMitch.

FIRST, we need to get rid of Trump then we can start working on other Democratic priorities.

I would be happy if we accomplished electing a Democratic President and VP (lots to pick from the current candidates) then work between 2020 and 2024 to elect Democrats to every Congressional seat the comes up.

With a President and VP in 2020, we would establish the real possibility of 8-16 years of Democratic governance to implement programs to help ALL Americans not just the top 1%.

FIRST, BEAT Trump.

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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:19 AM

7. That, in a nut shell, is the argument in favor of Citizens United. n/t

 

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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:47 AM

12. With Citizens United as the law of the land, it kind of has to be that way.

 

Thanks a lot, Republican Supreme Court.
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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 08:59 AM

13. Trump has met his match.

 

We can quibble about inequality and $$$$ and CU and campaign financing and what to do about its influence AFTER we win and are in a position to actually do more than piss and moan.

Let's not hook the cart ahead of the donkey!
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Response to mia (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 10:52 AM

15. I agree with her.

 

In Bloomberg's case, at least we know where the money is coming from. For candidates benefiting from advertising paid for by PACs, Super PACs, or bundlers, the sources are often a bit shadowy.
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