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Poll Results: Campaign Finance Laws Must Change

All but one respondent to Patch poll want donors to superpacs to fall under the same rules as campaign contributors.

Though the contest for the 10th Congressional District seat between Rep. Elect Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) and Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) was very close, there was near unanimity about reader dislike for the $13.1 million spent on the campaign.

A survey of Patch readers asked whether people who make unlimited donations on independent expenditures should fall under the same disclosure requirements as donors to the Schneider and Dold campaigns as well.

Earlier: Poll: Was Too Much Spent on Schneider-Dold Race

Of the 20 people who answered the question, 19 believe the requirements should be the same. Only one person would keep the law as defined in the Citizens United Case by the United States Supreme Court in 2010 intact.

“Yes, too much was spent--especially from outside,” reader Samuel Ramey wrote.

“Yes -- this is ridiculous amounts of money,” T.J. Wheeler added.

Others were upset with not only the money spent on the Congressional campaign, but on Illinois General Assembly races as well. Each time Merrill Medansky got a call or looked at the mail, it was a reminder of spending run amok.

“I feel too much was spent not only on the race for 10th congressional district, but state senate and state representative as well,” Medansky wrote. “The mailings and rob calls were not only not informative but a nearly daily reminder of how much money could have been used so much more effectively for food pantries and other social service agencies all across the district.

Jack Straw November 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The misuse of 501(c)(3) non-profits is the real problem in politics today. George Soros and Rupert Murdock use them when they support their Left- or Right-wing fringe groups. And taxpayers pay for both. Corporate CEOs and unions that want to invest in so-called non-partisan (yet biased) “think tanks” like Cato or Heritage, when they want to develop slanted studies that support their agendas and block others (like blocking legislation that would increase their tax liability but increase yours). I am not sure if anyone looked at the mailings or small print this election cycle, but if you did you will find out it was 100% 501(c) driven.
Steve Firestone November 16, 2012 at 04:27 PM
There should be no regulations on free speech. The same lack of regulations for the Super PACs should apply to the PACs and the campaigns. Every time Campaign Finance Reform is tried, the unexpected consequences kick in, and it's worse than before. As for business not being people, I'm all for it. But, you may have a hard time suing them, and in return we should stop taxing them. If you think about it, every tax on a corporation is paid by us in reduced products, services, quality, or higher prices. So really, it's just a double tax on us.
Jon Hall November 27, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I'd like to hear what that FATHEAD Louis G. Atsav us has to say now.
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