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AP U.S. Government and Politics
Howard Dean's Scream (1:27)
Rick Perry Gaffe (1:21)
“If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election. I have been a long-time advocate for public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time as a way to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests.... My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election....If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”
Obama spokesman Bill Burton said [later] that "public financing" is "an option that we wanted on the table," but added "there is no pledge" to take the money and the spending limitations that come with it. When asked to clarify, Burton said "that Obama would address the issue of public financing when he becomes the Democratic nominee and that it is premature to decide the matter now."
But according to reports from a fundraiser last night at Washington's National Museum of Women in the Arts, Obama seems to have decided already. In front of 200 people who'd forked over $2,300 for the privilege of attending, the Democratic frontrunner suggested, in what amounted to a justification of opting out of public financing, that his low-dollar network of online donors effectively represents a "parallel public financing system." "We have created a parallel public financing system where the American people decide if they want to support a campaign they can get on the Internet and finance it," he said. "They will have as much access and influence over the course and direction of our campaign that has traditionally been reserved for the wealthy and the powerful." In other words, who needs public financing when we have online fundraising.
McCain-Feingold Act (2002)
Citizens United v. FEC (2010)
corporations and unions can spend unlimited amounts on “independent expenditures”; can refer to candidate by name all the way up to election