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For Sale: One Political Office

| January 21, 2010, 01:01 PM | 3 Comments

Two Candidates Release Fundraising Stats

Joanna Conti (l) and Judd Legum(r)

OK, so Conan O’Brien has tried to sell The Tonight Show on Craigslist. It was a joke. We get it. It was funny. But what about politics? Are offices bought and sold like a commodity?

In a Utopian world, our elected leaders would be elected by their honesty, integrity, and how well their views on the issues coincide with the views of the electorate.

In reality, it seems that he with the most dollars gets the prize. Over the past two days, we have received press release touting the money raised by two early candidates. Judd Legum, a candidate for the House of Delegates in District 30 raised $65,000. Joanna Conti, a candidate for Anne Arundel County Executive has raised almost $57,000 for her race.

It is no secret that it takes money to win a race. There are signs to be printed, letters to be mailed, ads to be run, and expenses to be paid. But should the amount of money raised be used as some sort of barometer of success?  Is an effective fundraiser truly the best candidate?

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  1. Judd Legum says:

    John:

    I can say definitively being an effective fundraiser does not necessarily make you the best candidate.

    The fundraising report can tell you a little something, however, about the candidate.

    For example, 85% of my donations were under $100, I did not accept any money from PACs and I received over 120 individual contributions from within District 30.

    This reflects my intention to bring fresh approach to the State House as the Delegate from District 30, without undue influence from special interests.

    Best,

    Judd

  2. Go Judd! Also, someone who’s good at getting those small donations from local voters might be good at constituent services (being responsive and understanding people’s needs in the community) and inspiring people to participate in politics, which is always a good thing (from either camp). Fundraising requires getting to know people. Early raisers have already started getting to know the community. (I know I’m a cheesy optimist). It might be good if all campaigns were publicly funded and spending capped though.

  3. Whoa. While we were discussing this just yesterday, the Supreme Court was doing something disastrous for America on the federal, state, and local level:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/21/AR2010012104482.html

    “For more than a century, Congress has recognized the danger of letting corporations use their wealth to wield undue influence in political campaigns. The Supreme Court had upheld these efforts. But Thursday, making a mockery of some justices’ pretensions to judicial restraint, the Supreme Court unnecessarily and wrongly ruled 5 to 4 that the constitutional guarantee of free speech means that corporations can spend unlimited sums to help elect favored candidates or defeat those they oppose. This, as the dissenting justices wrote, “threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.”

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