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Where would I draw the line? As tightly as the constitution could possibly be bent to permit. As far as I'm concerned, any money that doesn't come from fairly distributed government campaign funds or grassroot activity (and no, Warren Buffet giving a couple of millions to an political campaign doesn't count as "grassroot") is automatically suspect, and any politician receiving suspect money is automatically under suspicion.

It won't catch everything, and ultimately the solution to billionaires buying politicians is not to make buying politicians illegal - they'll eventually find ways around any law you can enact; after all, they have enough money to get the best lawyers money can buy. The solution is to make billionaires illegal. But in the meantime, I'll settle for anything that'd put a few crooked politicians behind bars and put a scare in the rest.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 05:22:42 PM EST
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