Robertson and Reed on Campaign Finance Reform

vote_imageWe asked District 23 candidates: In the wake of the Citizens United decision, are you concerned about the influence of money in politics?



Reed: Staying connected to constituents is key

I fight big money in politics by staying connected to the district and remaining as accessible as possible.

Robertson: Democracy should not be ‘1 dollar, 1 vote’

Our laws should protect free speech while making our democracy stronger. We must make our political system more fair, more open, more democratic and less influenced by big money.

If you see a difference in these two views, keep it in mind when voting.


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8 Responses to Robertson and Reed on Campaign Finance Reform

  1. Anne says:

    Bwahahahahaha!!! That Tom. On opposite day, maybe.


  2. BOB McGILL says:

    the democrats don’t like the money in politics because with money you can inform the voters. The democrats like to keep the voters as ignorant as possible.‎CachedSimilar
    consequences of “public ignorance” must be demonstrated, not assumed. …. had
    been fully informed, and a smaller bias in favor of Democratic candidates


  3. Anne says:

    Actually, Bob, money just gets you the best politicians money can buy (and like my man Jim Hightower says, you won’t clear the water until you get the hogs out of the creek). As usual, your link doesn’t work. So as usual, we have no idea what it is you’re trying to say.


  4. solodm says:

    It’s too late for Reed to start a new policy. I have no idea where he came up with that.


  5. solodm says:

    Martha Robertson – honest broker in Washington for the NY 23rd district.


  6. pystew says:

    I experimented with Bob’s link and found that works.It is really a quite interesting articles focusing on how the voters determine how they vote.

    The paragraph that Bob is kind of quoting is this:

    “Does it really matter whether voters can name the secretary of defense or know how long a senate term is? The political consequences of “public ignorance” must be demonstrated, not assumed. And that requires focusing not just on what voters don’t know, but on how what they don’t know actually affects how they vote. Do they manage to make sensible choices despite being hazy about the details of politics and government? (Okay, really hazy.) If they do, that’s not stupid—it’s efficient.”

    The second part of Bob kind of quote (“had been fully informed, and a smaller bias in favor of Democratic candidates”) were about the presidential election years of 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992, and focused on the incumbents. Here is the sentence that included his “quote”: “These departures from “fully informed” election outcomes revealed a systematic bias in favor of incumbents, who generally did substantially better than they would have if voters had been fully informed, and a smaller bias in favor of Democratic candidates.

    I wonder why he didn’t include the “systematic bias in favor of the incumbents” in his comment about this article?

    It looks like Bob is trying to bamboozle us by giving us unworkable links then blaming us when they don’t work. I would call him an expert of “cut and paste” and cherry picking his information.

    Is this part of his resume for a job at FOX News?


  7. Anne says:

    Thanks, Rich.


  8. whungerford says:

    An incumbent has many advantages, not the least of which is voter’s preference for the evil they know best.

    Liked by 1 person

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