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The Fight for Hollywood Money

Peter

The lead story on MSNBC's Hardball on Friday was focused on the fight for Hollywood money. The story, "Battling for Hollywood's Big Bucks", discusses the big influence that Hollywood has because of their donations to candidates, mainly the Democrats. For the 2008 Presidential Election, Hilary Clinton and Barrack Obama are fighting over the approximate $40 million that Hollywood will donate this year. According to the story, it is especially important because these two candidates are foregoing Federal matching dollars. So they wil need more money, but donors will be able to give $2,300 instead of $1,000.

I hope that the media will see beyond the popularity of Hollywood because it takes a lot more votes than those who have the money in Hollywood, but in reality they will go where the money is and ignore what others want. That is true for all politicians.

It takes a lot of money these days in order to run for President or any office. It is time that we take a look campaign spending limits and that will restrict the donations that the politicians receive. You have to be wealthy to run for office these days at the exclusion of the middle and low-income class people.

Today, politicians and our legislature are diverse in their ethnicity and backgrounds, but most are extremely weathly and have lost touch with the common American. It is time that we seriously look at how we fund and how much we allow politicians to spend on elections, opening them up to more people.