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Palo Altans give generously in election

Original post made on Jun 10, 2008

People living in zip code 94301 in Palo Alto gave more money in the current presidential election campaigns than people in all but three other zip codes in California, according to the Federal Election Commission.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm

More money than sense.

Too much money is spent on US elections. There should be spending limits for all candidates. Anyone who has money to burn on candidates should start seeing the poverty in the world and start spending money where it could really help.

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Posted by Baffled
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm

What baffles me is that the people gave mostly to Democrats......whose only solution to any perceived problem ( real or not), whether Obama or to raise taxes and increase government.

If people want to give more to the government, there is nothing stopping them from writing out a check and sending it in, but why oh why do the folks in PA, the richest in the nation, want to force everyone else to give more to the Government also?

Hearing a lot about a book called "Givers and Takers"...gonna get it.

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Posted by Re: Baffled
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 11, 2008 at 1:24 am

Baffled offers a narrow and skewed perspective of why Democrats donate. Obama would stop the useless tax rebates that have proven to be beneficial for the rich. The overall idea is to reign in the outlandish spending habits, be it for tax rebates or for a war we should never have involved ourselves in.

We don't write blank checks to the government because we have a system called the IRS. Plus, any campaign contributions obviously is meant for a specific candidate that advocates for the position of the donor. Added up, the sum will give the candidate an edge to win and fulfill the voter's will (sometimes).

But overall in regards to your comment, give me a break! A dose of rationalizing would help. Donors aren't as stupid as you make them out to be.

I mostly donated my time for the Nevada/Cali primaries. Working with dedicated folks was much more rewarding and enjoyable than writing a check out to candidate X.

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