Letter: Stop Donating To Obamney

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Today the Obama and Romney campaigns released their fundraising totals for the month of July 2012. The Romney Campaign totalled $101.3 million for the month, while the Obama Campaign only reported raising $75 million. Needless to say, millions more were raised and spent across the country by independent expenditure groups on both sides of the aisle.

With these most recent figures in mind, we’d like to share a recent letter to the editor of The Colorado Statesman, in which voter Paul Steinhauer expresses an important and interesting opinion for independent voters to consider — don’t donate to either campaign — here’s a quick excerpt, but the entire letter is worth a read:

“Dear Governor Romney,

You have sent me several letters asking for money for your campaign. President Obama, I assume you have sent similar letters to Democrats… I live in Colorado, one of the few states that can go either way in the presidential election. Because of that, each of you, and your supporters, have spent absurdly huge sums of money on television ads here, most of which tell us why we should not vote for the other guy. This would be great if I owned stock in a TV station. But I don’t.

I do not think anyone should give either of you any campaign donations. The amount of money you are spending in Colorado is evidence that neither one of you has the judgment for me to trust you with my tax dollars. It is true the money you are spending now was specifically donated for your presidential campaign. But for you to continue to ask for more demonstrates very poor judgment, which is not a characteristic I look for in a President…

I wouldn’t give money to a person on the street with his/her hand out while liquor or cigarettes are in the other hand, demonstrating the poor choice this person would continue to make with my money. Why would I give money to a candidate with his/her hand out, while that candidate is running ads so frequently, I see at least one every time I turn on my TV, demonstrating the poor choice this candidate would continue to make with my money?”

Mr. Steinhauer has a great fundamental point – if as voters, we’re sick and tired of negative campaign advertising, then why do we continue to support it through financial donations? However, it can also be convincingly argued that both candidates for President are doing what’s necessary to win in today’s political system.

What do you think? Have you donated to any candidates during this election cycle? Are you still considering donating, or do you share the opinion of Paul Steinhauer?

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One Response

  1. Jerry Thomas August 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I agree at the idealistic level, but its due to the lack of appropriate regulation that this is not practical. Both campaigns might well agree in principle to stop the process they our using but only if their competition is required to comply as well. For example, it is similar to the lack of a minimum wage that constitutes a living wage that ‘forces’ all businesses to pay less in order to compete. This explains in part why Obama relented to encouraging super pac donations (or Romney would, if the shoe were on the other foot).

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