Can candidate pledges help limit the influence of money in politics?

L.A. Times 2013/01/22 15:51:34
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Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti's call last week for a "People's Pledge" — to limit spending by outside groups in the mayor's race — hails from Massachusetts, where a similar pact got mixed reviews from the Boston Globe.

The Boston newspaper editorialized after the recent U.S. Senate showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown that an agreement between the candidates tamped down so-called independent expenditures.

But one of the newspaper's columnists, Jeff Jacoby, said the pact, which required the candidates to counter any outside spending on their behalf by sending half the amount in a donation to charity, limited third-party spending only to a point. And it did nothing to stop eye-gouging waged in the candidates' own names.

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  • rbeas 2013/01/24 20:42:30
  • Swampdog PWCM 2013/01/24 20:35:32
    Swampdog PWCM
    What comes after Quadrillion? Yeah, that sounds like a good limit. Let's vote on it!
  • william keegan 2013/01/24 16:26:35
    william keegan
    Candidates for any office can pledge to do anything at all, and probably will! But that doesn't mean that they will hold to their pledges!
  • bettyboop 2013/01/24 14:13:28
  • Guru_T_Firefly 2013/01/24 14:09:22
    It's going to require legislation to stop that money from flowing into our representative's pockets.
  • ivegotloveinmypants 2013/01/24 11:50:40
    But that does not mean that people should not try. Elections should not be bought.
  • s2k 2013/01/24 04:26:47
    It didn't work in Massachusetts. I don't think it will work
  • Cookie Monster 2013/01/24 02:04:11
    Cookie Monster
    Hell no!! Politicians lie and ALWAYS will!
  • Pug For Huck 2013/01/23 23:42:37
    Pug For Huck
    Oh sure....so would more thoroughly vetted back ground checks.
  • Darr247 2013/01/23 22:06:08
    The only pledge they're supposed to make is their oath of office.
  • skowcog 2013/01/23 18:00:44
    I wish it could but unfortunately they will break there pledges.
  • John T. 2013/01/23 16:42:58
    John T.
    We saw what too much money in the election system can do. It is called Fascism. That is government by and for corporations and the people are taken out of the equation. This country was NOT founded on this principle. When W. Bush bought his way into office we saw what it did for the economy. For someone with business degrees from Harvard and Yale, he was a terrible businessman. His dad bought him a commission in the Texas National guard than transferred out of state to become political active, This is an illegal act while on active duty. With all his business ventures all ended in failures as did his 2 terms as president.
    To quote President Abraham Lincoln, This is a government by the people and for the people. He never mentioned corporations as a part of government.
    People have campaign limits under the law. This has been conveniently overlooked after Supreme Court declared corporations as people. Corporations, in this past year’s election, as “People” violated the Voting Rights law by contributing greater sums of money to campaigns than allowed by law.
  • Cleaver62 2013/01/23 15:45:59
    Money has to be eliminated from politics. Public funding for elections is a must where candidates can stand on level ground and can spend their time working for the people instead of trying to gather campaign donations 75% of their day.
  • Cal 2013/01/23 15:37:48
    Empty promises, bug pockets.
  • polock 2013/01/23 14:44:25
    money is influence and politics is how you get on the money train. they can promise anything but will deliver very little, for most of them. some try but are shouted down by the BIG MONEY, boyght and paid for career politicians.
  • Eccles 2013/01/23 13:34:37
    Politics - Money you kidding right.
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2013/01/23 11:45:40 (edited)
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    Make it under oath with a signed affidavit, so we can try them in court for lying to us.
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2013/01/23 11:11:25
    You would think they would keep their word but they never do.
  • roxie 2013/01/23 09:57:59
    We can Hope!
  • Grandbrother 2013/01/23 07:43:55
    Pledges eliminate options when unexpected needs arise.
  • Whyputaname 2013/01/23 06:38:31
    Its a gimmick.. Its to keep the incumbent from losing the race.. In the case of MA, Brown had a substantial lead on Warren when it came to the money end of it. Brown had capital in his coffers from the first election he ran and was getting money from people throughout his term.. Where as Warren started with nothing.. Outside influences coming into the state is what is not good. In the case of Brown in his first election he got a lot from outside influences..

    But, when you have politicians signing pledges to a wannabe influence(Grover Norquist) while taking the Oath to Uphold the Constitution is treason's

    The Reichtie's love bending over for Grover..
  • Gid 2013/01/23 06:07:43
    You mean like Obama's in 2008? My sources say no.
  • kat 2013/01/23 05:48:20
    Common sense - might help, but then again I've already thought of two or three ways around it. They ought to just cap campaign contributions across the board and prevent candidates from using money in their own coffers to get elected. Everyone could potentially raise money up to the preset limit and have the same amount of money to campaign with. It won't totally fix the problem, but is just might get rid of some of those annoying campaign ads.
  • Dickens 2013/01/23 05:25:19 (edited)
    ...EVERY politician in America, without exception, is for sale to the highest bidder, from the president of the U.S. all the way down to the dogcatcher in Scuzzball, MS...
  • abubincrazy 2013/01/23 04:55:24
    Obama said he would remove the lobbyists from DC.
    Union bagmen seemingly live in the WH.
  • FAWKES' NOOSE ~ ΔTX 2013/01/23 04:48:33
    Pledges to outside lobbying groups are a violation of one's oath of office.
  • DeathByPartisanship 2013/01/23 04:25:08
    What?! Politics runs on money. Why was Newt Gingrich even on the Republican primary, because someone who had money wanted him to run.

    Sadly I doubt a day will ever come where human greed can be eradicated from the governing system, until then we'll have to settle with our plutocrats and aristocrats.
  • nails 2013/01/23 03:51:06
    I did'nt notice any drug dealer's,benches for sluming,or piles of dirt they like to create in the
    mini photo Cat!
  • Bob 2013/01/23 03:31:30
    This is truly a funny question.
  • CorrectOpinion 2013/01/23 02:21:03
    The PLEDGE is to the voters. NOT A PERSON OR GROUP. THE VOTERS....to DO, actually DO WHAT YOU PROMISED!!!!!!!!!
  • Mr. Wonderful 2013/01/23 00:15:49
  • Sodahead Founders are Fascists 2013/01/23 00:07:42
    Sodahead Founders are Fascists
    No. All it will do is ensure that they will invariably lose against those who don't follow those pledges.
  • Michael S. 2013/01/22 23:51:59 (edited)
    Michael S.
    Politically-connected major party candidates are groomed and set up by big money from start to finish (including primaries, where real people are weeded out), and their free advertising through disproportionate media coverage completely dwarfs the importance of advertising money. Making a big to-do about advertising money is great political theater, but it's irrelevant when the entire playing field is controlled by money and power, and our only choice for any major position is almost always limited to deciding which pre-anointed candidate we hate the least.
  • RJeffreySavlov 2013/01/22 23:51:55
    The only thing that can limit influence is term limits. By thei member figures out the system, he's gone.
  • Benji 2013/01/22 23:51:52
    They make you become an absolutest. There are times that you have to compromise
  • scurvison 2013/01/22 23:51:51
  • joe mauro 2013/01/22 22:59:25
    joe mauro
    lies more lies

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