Minnesota business cash fuels Congress races

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER and PATRICK KENNEDY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 6, 2012 - 7:19 PM

The state's corporate heavyweights are directing millions to hundreds of candidates nationwide.

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wildfoxOct. 6, 1210:13 PM

We desperately need campaign finance reform. There should be a general donor fund and each candidate gets the same amount of money to campaign with. Until we achieve transparency and fairness are elections will be bought and paid for from people who have the money to do so.

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Willy53Oct. 7, 12 9:03 AM

Even though Minnesota businesses are sending billions to politicians all over the country they desperately need income tax relief, as in no corporate tax, no tax increases of any kind and extension of Bush tax cuts. Giving corporations credibility on this type of anti-tax hysteria and allowing it to pass for reality is an insult when big business clearly has money, and willing to lavish it under the umbrella of citizen's united. There is something rotten here and the stink is smothering the middle class while the wealthy use their low tax rates and entrenched political power to solidify their hogging of all new wealth.

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totaltruthOct. 7, 1211:45 AM

How about doing an article on how much the corrupt unions are contributing to the Democratic campaigns????

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turgidOct. 7, 1212:01 PM

Sometimes I wonder if we were able to ban TV advertising for candidates if that might go along way to solving our problems? It would take the force of the money of of the equation. Please like this comment if you think so.

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bgmach3Oct. 7, 12 4:58 PM

Cash has taken our country over. The average citizen has no voice. I don't quite think this is what our founding fathers intended. Public funding for our elections, the dollar amount should vary with the office being sought, no lobbyists in the halls of congress and term limits. We might then get our America back. And wow, these big cash bought and paid for politicians are doing one heck of a job aren't they.

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erikj3Oct. 7, 12 5:28 PM

Spending hundreds of millions to influence elections and lobby "our" elected leaders is appalling. If these companies have this much money to throw around, perhaps they can hire more workers and/or pay more taxes. Either way, we desperately need campaign finance reform to get money out of our elections.

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donm251Oct. 7, 12 6:42 PM

Most people make up their mind who they're going to vote for long before the first TV ad.

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