Quid Pro Corruption AND Its Appearance

Does money donated to a political candidate or cause equal free speech?

The McCutcheon ruling from the Supreme Court opens a lot of questions and great argument between Pat and Jeff about whether or not money is speech and what – if anything – can be done to limit its corruptive influence.



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Plausibly Live is the Official Podcast of The Dave Bowman Show. From 2007 to 2015, Dave was the host of KFIV’s “Afternoons Live” (Later “The Dave Bowman Show”) and the Central Valley’s go-to man for insightful and entertaining analysis of the day's news and events. In 2015, Dave left radio to raise his son and helped to launch the Podcast 99 network (www.podcast99.org), which features voices and topics from all around the area, the nation, and the world, on a variety of subjects. Re-launching his own show as a podcast, Dave continues his look at the world around him, now without the constraints of terrestrial radio, but still with his eclectic mix of history and common sense. The primary feature element of Plausibly Live is Constitution Thursday, which since 2010 has been a weekly look at the history and impact of the US Constitution. Dave is a US Navy Submariner, a radio talk show host, father, baseball fan, avid reader and a frustrated writer. He has a passion for books, theology, submarines, coffee, tequila, 1970’s music (especially funk!) and is a ToTaL Star Trek geek. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. He was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Colorado, graduated from Ogden High School (Class of ’81) in Ogden, UT, served for eleven years in the US Navy Submarine fleet, was a Naval Instructor and as a Ballistic Missile Fire Control Technician, he achieved the rank of FTB1(SS) through sorcery and favoritism, but would have been happy staying an FTB2(SS) for life. He was trained as a targeting specialist and Battle Stations Missile Fire Control Supervisor aboard USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) and was trained on two Fire Control Systems, the Mk 98 Mod 0 TRIDENT and the Mk 88 Mod 1 POSEIDON. Later he served as a part of the Fleet Combat Training Center Dam Neck Auxiliary Security Force, which sounds impressive but was really just bait for Seal Team 6 and any Iraqi terrorists who happened to land on the beach in Virginia. He later attended Seminary in Atlanta, GA, then served as a pastor for five years before realizing the massive error of his ways. He then worked in non-Profit management until 2006 when he was hired to do sports for a local talk radio show, eventually moving into the host position in September of 2007. In the fall of 2008, after years of questioning and study, Dave completed the process of conversion to Judaism. In 2009 Dave married Cami, and in 2010 they were blessed with their son, Benjamin, to go along with four daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. In the summer of 2017, Dave and Cami relocated “back home” to Silverdale, WA, where Dave had been stationed when they first met in 1985. From September 2007 to January 2015 Dave was heard each weekday from 3pm to 6pm (Pacific) on Power Talk 1360AM & 1280 in Modesto & Stockton, CA. Today, you can hear his Podcast Show, Plausibly Live, on The Dave Bowman Show website or on The Podcast 99 Network Page.

Posted on April 22, 2014, in 1st Amendment, Freedom of Speech, Podcast and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. From Chatroom Jeff:

    During the podcast regarding “Does Money Equal Free Speech”, there was a lively discussion regarding how we could either regulate, or eliminate altogether, monetary donations to candidates. After listening to it again, there were a few other items that I would like to add to the discussion that would allow monetary donations from individual people who believe in their message of a candidate and would be able to support that using money without the calls of obvious Quid Pro Quo.

    1) Do not allow donations from ANY corporation or ANY Political Action Committee. Disband all PAC’s. Period.
    2) Do not allow any money from anyone that resides outside the candidate’s assigned area.
    a. If a candidate is running for City Council, only money raised in that district is allowed.
    b. Mayors are restricted to City Limits to raise money.
    c. Congressmen are limited to their district only.
    d. If running for a State Office, money is allowed from the State.
    e. National candidates can receive money for anyone within the country.
    3) All donations must be made public. No hiding behind non-profits or through Central Committees or National Parties.
    4) It would require some research into your favorite candidate to see who else is supporting him or her for that office.

    As I stated during the initial podcast, if I believe in a candidate that reflects my values and principles, and want to support him by donating money to allow him to produce information to help spread that message, I should be able to do so. But there should be no reason for me (or any other person) to send money to another candidate that resides in another city, county, district, or state.

    Will there still be some indication of Quid Pro Quo? Yes. This idea would not eliminate that issue 100%. But would it reduce the amount of corruption in government? Probably.

    What are your thoughts? Tell me at constitutionthursday.com.

    Chat Room Jeff


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