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Non-election years we hear we have to get big money out of politics.
Election years campaigns and political experts really only want to use money to determine a candidate’s viability.
So, which is it?
It isn’t to say of course money isn’t needed to run a campaign and money shouldn’t be necessary to run a campaign. It just seems we have some sort of campaign finance bipolar disorder.
As with most things political in election years — it is ultimately up to the voters. If voters continue to vote based on “who they think can win” rather than who they think should win, we’ll keep on this same path and never know otherwise.
It is fine to run a “low-budget” campaign, it just requires candidates to get creative about their voter contacts. But in reality, there is a large swath of voters who will only vote for someone because they think that person will win.
Everyone wants to back a winner.
The one thing that can help make a candidate appear as though they will be the winner — money. With the money comes endorsements, ad buys, signage, etc.
The huge amount of money spent on campaigns is a major problem within our system. I’m not prepared to suggest any answers or solutions as I don’t know what the right ones would be.
But I do know if voters would simply vote for who should win in primaries instead of who they think will win or who they think will win in November, we’d be much better off as a conservative movement.