There’s a myth that campaigns are too expensive. Nonsense. Campaigns use money to inform voters. Limiting contributions is like limiting charitable giving. Both provide a public service.
Campaigns are funded voluntarily. They get no more money than people are willing to give. Both sides usually have sufficient funds to get their messages out. Government funding is a bad idea because contributions would be imposed on us in the form of taxation, and we have no choice in who gets the money.
The money is not hoarded, but employs printers, temporary workers, factory workers, graphic artists and even bakers and candlestick makers. The $4.8 billion spent in 2014 boosted the economy. The billions spent to inform voters hardly seems excessive.
Larry Horist, Boca Raton
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