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    The One Billion Dollar Campaign

    One Billion Dollars.

    The most profligate campaign in the history of mankind dares to make an issue of 150,000 dollars worth of clothes for Palin. The newsmedia dares to make a story out of this.

    Meanwhile the Obama campaign spends 1.5 million dollars a day.

    Do you realize how many lives could be saved with that money? Do you realize how science labs all across this country are struggling to get funding? Cancer research, MS, Parkinson's, Diabetes, tissue engineering, aging...

    Where is this money going? Where is this money coming from?

    $1,000,000,000!

    I'm just disgusted and outraged by this. And the fact that this isn't the biggest story of the campaign just makes me feel even more disgusted with the media. The media needs to be destroyed. It has been purchased. And that is not healthy for a democracy.

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    Uhm yeah, that's an insignificance compared to what we spend on war.

    But as usual we won't see eye to eye on this kev.

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    Is it public money?
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    I can agree to the point that the amount spent on campaigns is completely ridiculous, but its a non-story. 92% of his funds are from individual contributions.

    If your going to point the finger at someone then make it Mccain, hes the one taking Federal funds (24% $84,103,800).

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    Oh also the money comes from private donations as Obama elected to not have the federal capped allotment. Mccain likes to cry about it because the gamble worked for Obama and Mccain is stuck with his capped budget.

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    It's not tax-payers' money like war billions though, is it? Who cares. Palin can't even use 150 000 to buy the right party's scarf.

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    Kev...

    Obama is spending 5 Million a day.

    McCain is spending 1.5 Million a day.

    EDIT::: My bad...I mis-read the article. Obama raises 5 Million a day.

    Liberal biased media article linked here

    Kev...where did you get your Obama numbers? Seems low to me, and I'd like to read the article.
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    So does anyone have a "liberal bias media" or otherwise article to tell us how much Obama is spending per day, to back up/not back up kev's finger waving?

    Edit: Nevermind, according to here http://kdka.com/national/obama.campa....2.682003.html Obama spends the same amount as Mccain.

    So I repeat, if they're spending the same amount, who cares?

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    Associated Press says Obama has 134 million: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...6BpIwD93V5GJG0
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    Is any of Obama's from the public funding system? I thought he declined that. If so, it's pretty impressive that he can raise that much money through private contributions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opilione View Post
    Is any of Obama's from the public funding system? I thought he declined that. If so, it's pretty impressive that he can raise that much money through private contributions.
    His 5 million a day is from private donations.

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    dares to make an issue of 150,000 dollars worth of clothes for Palin
    considering what happened to Edwards for getting a $400 haircut, I can't have too much sympathy here. Besides, at least it's based in reality. I just got another brochure in the mail this morning all about "Obama's best friend Bill Ayers". You want to talk outrageous, that's just insane...
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    I'm pretty sure Obama uses that money to fund his advertising for the campaign, not to buy expensive clothes from Saks Fifth.

    I'm sure Palin wouldn't have fudged up more than she has in a $500 suit than a $10,000 one. Or maybe her cousin's daughter's dog needs a diamond dogtag.

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    Kev, I'm all for campaign finance reform. Back when McCain used to care about that, I had alot more respect from him. In a democracy, elections are necessary, so campaign finance is necessary, and there should be a system that's fair to all parties - equal in funds to major parties, and still giving a voice to smaller third parties. I'd love to see government mandated debate series (one with a minimum response time of half an hour, rather than a maximum response of two minutes), essays on issues, heck, even a comprehensive test on issues, history, and current events. It'd be very telling to see who scores higher.


    Kev, until that happens, ALL our candidates need to rely on donations for finance, and McCain's doing the exact same thing - even after promising to the American people he'd rely on the government for funding and a cap. Face it, Obama's just better at it, partly because he's better organized, and partly because he instills more confidence in voters.

    As for Palin spending so much on clothes. I'll admit that I thought it was a bit petty, and in the scheme of things, not so much. But, it does make her a bit of a hipocrite when she says she's just like the rest of us "small town hardworking types" - while wearing Armani. This is just the news showing how completely full of shit she is, which I hope we can all agree on.

    EDIT: From the Economist

    McCain's creative ways of raising money past his cap: http://www.economist.com/world/unite...ry_id=12305349

    Obama's kick ass organization:http://www.economist.com/world/unite...ry_id=12470573
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    Stupid Americans giving all their small donation contributions to advertising and stylist teams!! You want to point the finger, point it at us.

    Although, yes...I said much the similar to my partner two days ago. They raised all this money in a month, maybe I'd like to see it spent on charities than advertising. That would really draw in my respect.

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