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Should Election Campaigns only be Funded by the Government?
Election campaigns should only be funded by the government.
Privately funded elections make it harder for people from less privileged backgrounds to become politicians.
When corporations and wealthy elites are no longer allowed to donate to election campaigns, politicians will not be beholden to their interests.
If each political party gets the same amount of money to spend on elections, smaller parties will be in a position to compete with larger, more entrenched parties.
If elections are not publicly financed, elected politicians have to spend
significant amounts of time
raising money from donors in order to get re-elected.
State-funded election campaigns increase the burden on the taxpayer.
Public funding of elections further polarises politics and facilitates the rise of parties who are on the extremes of the political spectrum.
Citizens have the right to donate to the election campaigns of political parties, a right that they are deprived of if only governments fund election campaigns.
Public funding is unlikely to be allocated fairly across political parties.
Governments are often corrupt, and such corrupt practices can influence the way governments allocate funding for election campaigns.
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