: : Why does the candidacy for American presidential elections require the person to raise so much money? On what basis?
: : Wouldn't that kind of system jeopardize virtually any kind of democracy by narrowing the participants who contend for political power to those who are supported by a handful of wealthy people (who obviously seem to donate VERY VERY large sums of money to whom they support... At least that's what it looks like to me)? Thus, proving that the democratic system of America is in fact a system where political power is entrusted to a limited few who (obviously) will uphold policies 'generous' to the social class the donaters are in?
: Sounds like you know what's up.
Don: No, he doesn't. Our current campaign finance laws restrict the amount you can donate to a politician. This is a direct violation of our First Amendment rights, but what do you expect from Democrats?
Don: Now, you can still contribute as much as you want to general advocacy adds (this is soft money), and politicians such as Al Gore will use this money for their campaigns despite the fact that it is against laws that THEY support. All the while the same politicians claim the problem is that there are not ENOUGH laws telling me what I can't do with MY money. They break the laws we have because we don't have enough laws!