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source: DemocracyNow headlines 10/23/08
McCain Campaign Spent $150K on Palin Clothes, Accessories
In other campaign news, the McCain campaign has been forced to admit it’s spent more than $150,000 on Palin’s clothes and accessories since she became the Republican vice-presidential nominee in August. Republicans say they’ve always intended to donate the clothes to charity after the elections. But critics say the spending reinforces the perception Republicans have falsely constructed an image of Palin as being in touch with average Americans.
Malta: $5.49 billion
Madagascar: $5.37 billion
Cambodia: $5.34 billion
Spending on Fall 2008 U.S. Elections: $5.3 billion
Burkina Faso: $5.24 billion
Mali: $5.12 billion
Nicaragua: $4.97 billion
Bahamas: $4.92 billion
With a little research into the recent history of the televised debates, it becomes quite clear that this exclusion of candidates is no accident. Here is a link that sheds a lot of light on the topic:
Suffice it to say that the debates used to be under the control of a group of non-partisan citizens called the League of Women Voters, but in 1988 was usurped by a newly established group under the name Commission on Presidential Debates. Unlike the previous group, the CPD is run by bipartisan politicians and lobbyists. It serves to further only the two participating party's agendas. Does this sort of organization fit in a democracy?
Lucky for us, we live in the age of information, and lucky for us, web space is not nearly as costly as television and radio space. This puts us in a position to take the time to become informed about more than two candidates, their policies, what they believe the direction of the country should be, how to handle the current financial issues, etc. That would be democratic. I suppose the first step is to see whose on the ballot. Wouldn't it be nice if the mainstream media could even give us that much? Well, sample ballots are on the way. There's still time...
Videos from Green Party's candidate, Cynthia McKinney: http://www.youtube.com/user/RunCynthiaRun
Videos from Independent Nominee, Ralph Nader
Videos from Libertarian Nominee, Bob Barr
there's more candidates still .....