There is really no way to know the true effect of money in politics the same way there is no true way to know how many radio listeners there are at any given time. (I used to be in this (radio) business; 200 written diaries to speak on behalf of 140,000 people? Come on!) The stinging truth rang true in the most recent Primary where Abercrombie was smashed, not defeated, but smashed by his opponent who in comparison was outspent 10 to 1 with a 67% to 32% lead. These are two examples of money and its influence or the lack thereof.
Now for the first time, the PAC’s pipelines of funds have made its way to the local races of our county with surprising effect. With the spending of uncoordinated ads in your mailbox, on the radio, and on television, can the claws of a PAC grasp and influence the people of Maui? On complex issues such as GMO and the return of term-limited candidates, I think PAC influence is received the same way an unsolicited telemarketing call is; cold, with little effect to truly influence.
My belief is that campaign influence cannot be bought and nothing is a substitute to old fashion campaigning; coffee hours, public appearances, and shaking hands with everyone you encounter.
On Tuesday, people from all over this county will help decide who to send to office and what ballot issues matter to them. We could attempt to shame you with images from foreign countries of people waiting in endless lines at polling places to exercise their newly granted right.
But the most cogent argument is that, purely and simply, voting matters. PAC’em. Vote.
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