Campaigns must change financing

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Monday, June 4, 2012
This is among commentaries submitted to The Gazette from students at Janesville’s Craig and Parker high schools who did field studies in either Washington, D.C., or Madison in Advanced Placement U.S. government courses taught by Joe Van Rooy.

Don’t you think it is wrong when presidential elections are won solely by money, with the super PACs, or when a gubernatorial election brings in so much money from different states? I am against money in campaigns. When you break down elections in this modern era, it is all about money.

Like Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign said to me, “Money is speech because money is the way you win.” I think that, in Wisconsin, we need public financing for campaigns. At one time we did have it, but we let it die because of people taking office and not liking it. When you look at campaigning, it is all about “under the table” money.

Another solution is to have every person running put out publicly who they’re getting money from. As Todd A. Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance said, “If corporations or people have to be seen giving money, they won’t.”

Campaign financing is a huge part of elections, and we need to do something to stop the huge funding of campaigns. Right now, Mitt Romney is getting all his super PACs. When Barack Obama ran, he ended public financing and “raised” more money than you can believe.

We are the only country that makes candidates pay for airtime. So to end this, we need a new plan—either public financing or making candidates say who is funding them. Limits need to be set so it is a fair fight for all candidates, no matter how much money they have.

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