Article: The 2020 presidential race might be remembered as when the dam broke on money in U.S. politics

Election 2020, Election Reform

The 2020 presidential race might be remembered as when the dam broke on money in U.S. politics

With three billionaires in the running, campaigns, political parties and outside groups are all likely to break previous spending records during the 2020 presidential race, helped by canny consultants who know how to take advantage of court rulings and new technologies.

1. Aren’t there limits on political money in the U.S.?

Yes, but, crucially, they don’t apply to rich candidates who bankroll their own campaigns. And two billionaires, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer, are spending record amounts in their bids to become the Democratic Party’s nominee to challenge President Donald Trump, a billionaire himself

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Article: Our presidential debates need reform

Election Reform

Our presidential debates need reform

There are two facts in this lead sentence from a 2019 Politico story that need to be challenged.

“President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to pledge to participate in debates with his eventual Democratic opponent during next year’s general election campaign but signaled he may circumvent the nonpartisan commission historically responsible for organizing the forums.

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Election 2008 – Week to 8 Sep 2029

Cultural Intelligence

Sunday, 8 Sep 2019 — Praise be to God!

Big Picture. Biden-Warren or Biden-Harris is the predictable ticket for the Democrats — Trump will lose to such a ticket if the economy falters and he continues  to fail on three fronts: not defending Constitution (especially 1st, 2nd, & 4th Amendments); not putting America first, instead putting Israel First; and not reaching out to #WalkAway, Independents, Libertarians, Greens, with #UNRIG Unity for Integrity Election Reform Act. HOWEVER, there are very strong rumors of major economic, space, and energy changes in next three months that could catapult the President toward a landslide victory in 2020. Wisconsin farmers in desperate straits — as are small farmers all across the West. The President is silent.  Very bad for the President.

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Article: Why 2020 US Presidential Race Will Be Costliest in History

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Why 2020 US Presidential Race Will Be Costliest in History

WASHINGTON – In 1895, Mark Hanna, a U.S. senator from Ohio, explained how politics worked in his times: “There are two things that are important in politics,” he said. “The first is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is.”

Nearly 125 years later, things haven’t changed much.

In every two-year federal election cycle in the U.S., candidates and their supporters spend billions of dollars to raise their public profiles, get their messages out, and discredit their opponents.

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