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Undecided 36%
Elizabeth Warren22%
Joe Biden13%
Bernie Sanders8%
Kamala Harris8%

Response to guillaumeb (Reply #45)

Thu Apr 18, 2019, 04:01 PM

52. Something else may be in play

 

This was a big point for those who wanted to break the two party strangle hold
https://ivn.us/2015/04/28/10-ways-political-parties-control-vote/

2. Campaign Finance Laws Give Political Parties Special Exemptions Even in Nonpartisan Races
Political parties, through the legislatures they control, have written campaign finance laws to give their parties special advantages that no one else gets. In San Diego, for example, political parties are the only exception to the individual donation limits for local elections, even for offices and elections that are supposed to be nonpartisan. (See, San Diego Municipal Code 27.2934(b) and 27.2935(a) that allow parties (but no one else) to give $30,000 to an individual candidate.)

So how hard is it for someone to funnel money through a political party to simply skirt the individual donation limits?
In local elections, this imbalance makes it nearly impossible for those without major political party affiliations to compete, even in supposedly nonpartisan elections



I believe there was something about Federal dollars only going to parties that get above a certain number of votes. I can't look up as I have to go to pick up dogs. But I remember this being discussed in states that was most certainly going to vote one party or the other and wasn't considered swing.
If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Bernie Sanders

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