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Joe, you made the rant too strong

Robmiller After an editorial board discussion about whether the Supreme Court is about to allow unions and corporations to monopolize political campaigns, I logged onto Facebook. There I found several posts from friends (and "friends") linking to a fund-raising site for Rob Miller, the Democrat who is challenging healthcare heckler Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina. As one poster put it: "Over 10,000 contributions and $350K for Rob Miller against Joe You Lie Wilson! 400k, here we come."

Barack Obama was exaggerating when he suggested that the large amounts of contributions he raised on the Internet were a form of public financing. Obama also benefited from traditional donors. But the Obama campaign's success is a reminder that Web-driven contributions are changing the equation in political fund raising.

Of course, corporations can use the Internet too. But the more level playing field sought by so many campaign-reform enthusiasts may be smoothed out by technology, whatever the Supreme Court does.

-- Michael McGough

Photo: Democrat Rob Miller in October 2008. Credit: AP.


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mitch brenneise

Regardless of the subject matter, there is a certain amount of civility that should be accorded our president. I don't recall such a disgraceful display by adults ever and especially by well educated and certainly well paid employees of us. That man and quite a few others deserve a visit behind the old wood shed.

Jim F.

Michael, you're deluding yourself if you think that the internet can compete with face-to-face lunches with huge bucks going over the cocktails. The court will give Exxon/Mobile and companies that no one knew existed, like AIG, the ability to buy politicians like never before. One huge company can outspend thirty million poor people.





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