Political Contributions and Free Speech

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32 responses to “Political Contributions and Free Speech

  1. I think political contributions are definitely equivalent to a person’s freedom of speech. If you are giving your money to a certain candidate then you are showing you support this campaign and candidate. I think it is exercising your right to freedom of speech because regardless of what issues the candidate is running on, you are showing your support to them without saying so. You are also showing that what they stand for is what you also stand for.

  2. I believe that contributions are a form of free speech. It speaks to which candidate you like and there isn’t a problem with it. If you believe that the person who love needs a little extra money to help with the campaign then that is where you can give your contribution.

  3. I do not believe contributions are a form of free speech. Simply donating to a specific campaign to help out that candidate does not necessarly mean it is your voice that will come out of the candidate. Those with the most money to give to a candidate who may or may not get into office should not have more freedom of speech compared to those who do not have the money to donate. True freedom of speech is one expressing their own ideas in thier own unique way, not helping someone else express their views.

  4. I am unsure on how I view contributions as a form of free speech. Speech by definition is the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds. Since no words are being said I wouldn’t say its a form of free speech, but I do believe that you are expressing your thought on a specific candidate. I would like to say its freedom of speech, but since no words or sounds are actually being said I would have to say it is not.

  5. Contributions are a sign of free speech because you are supporting the person you feel has similar beliefs as you. If you did not believe in what they said you would not contribute. Contributing is your way of showing approval and support.

  6. I think that political contribution are similar to freedom of speech. they are similar because a person is just supporting some one who is like them and supports the same views as them. you are showing what you believe in a candidate that has similar views and that you want them to win.

  7. Tiffany McLaughlin

    Contributions technically are a form of free speech. If you think about it, the contributor has all free right whether or not to support the candidate. If they want to make a contribution, he or she has all free will to do so. Generally, no one is forcing them to do so, it’s their own decision.

  8. I do think that political contributions fit into the realm of free speech. Free speech is being able express any opinions without holding back. When someone contributes to a candidate they support, they are essentially giving their opinion. Although they aren’t “speaking” their opinion, it’s still being expressed nonetheless.

  9. I would say that they should be considered a form of free speech. They might not be speaking directly, but their actions are showing their thoughts, opinions and support for a candidate in a nonverbal way. It’s just another way to show approval indirectly in the public eye.

  10. Brandon Campbell

    I would say that a contribution is a freedom of speech. Their actions show that they support the certain candidate in which they make a contribution for. I think its just another way of supporting the candidate who shares the same views of you.

  11. I think contributions would be considered freedom of speech. Even if those people aren’t verbally showing their support, it’s still a form of freedom of speech. The people who are offering these contributions are obviously showing their support of a certain candidate.

  12. I believe political contributions are definitely the equivalent to freedom of speech because contributing to a candidate’s campaign is the same to telling that particular candidate that you support them and their values. Also, I’m not too sure if the Netflix show “House of Cards” is accurate, but as far as political contributors go, the biggest contributor has the biggest voice in the politician’s head. That being said, if the the highest contributor was an oil company and they wanted to drill for oil in Alaska and if that were against the candidate’s plans the top paying contributor will either support another candidate or get their way.

  13. yes a contribution is a big part of freedom of speech because you are putting up money for a candidate to win. People are able to see who gives money to the candidate and you will be forever known as that persons helper. Then again people use the contribution as a way to kind of control and use against the party. Its kind of like the mob we help you out you help us or we will destroy you. ha ha

  14. I do believe that a contribution to a certain political candidate is a form of freedom of speech, in a way. Contributing financially to a certain candidate shows bias to that side; it shows that you are supporting and rooting for that particular candidate and their beliefs. Freely giving money to a certain cause displays one’s thoughts and beliefs.

  15. I don’t believe political contributions to a political candidate are equivalent to a person’s freedom of speech. I don’t think you should make a contribution if you already have the right to freedom of speech.

  16. Soledad Cervantes

    I agree with Adam, I do not believe political contributions to a political candidate are equivalent to a persons freedom of speech. Just think about it, money is what speaks for example a company interest for helping out a candidate may not always be in the peoples interest.

  17. I believe that the political ads are equivalent to freedom of speech. I hav3 seen countless Rauner ads bashing former Governor Quinn. With out having freedom of speech he would not have been able to put his feelings/opinion out to win the campain.

  18. I think that contributions are the same as a freedom of speech. If you donate to a specific candidate you obviously want them to win, and it is the same thing as voicing your opinion, but in this situation you are donating instead. I know i wouldn’t donate money to someone who I don’t support.

  19. I do think that political contributions are indeed are a form of freedom of speech. A person is expressing their support towards a certain candidate and the positions he or she stands on certain issues through monetary means which I think it is technically “voicing” an opinion through nonverbal means. By an individual contributing to a political campaign, or candidate, PAC, 527, or whatever, they are ultimately expressing what they believe in therefore it is a form of speech and anyways by making a political contribution a person is not violating other people’s rights so I do not think there is anything wrong with it.

  20. Patrick Szupernak

    I feel that political contributions are the same as freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is not meant to be taken literally in my opinion. I feel that freedom of speech is more of an idea that allows one to express his or her beliefs. So if a person was to contribute to someone for a particular cause or reason they are expressing their support for something and as a result using freedom of speach.

  21. I do believe that political contributions are the same as freedom of speech, just another form of freedom of speech. For example people who donate to abused animals may be everyday people so there voice doesnt have much standing. So there monetary donation is there voice and show of support in what they believe. So when a person contributes to a political campaign they are still voicing there opinion or belief just in a different way than most conventional thinking.

  22. Political contributions are a form of freedom of speech in my opinion. By making the contributions, people are saying who they think is best, who they compare to the most, and who they want to win in elections. That is a form of free speech, being able to say and support who you want. Political contributions show what side the contributor is biased toward and people have a right to side with who they want to win. It’s the same kind of thing as voting. Voting, you get to pick a candidate to win and Political Contributors are going one step farther to get the candidate they want to win.

  23. I do not think that a political contribution is the same as a person’s freedom of speech because a contribution is a voluntary gift such as a donation, and the person can sustain anonymity. Whereas with freedom of speech, they are publicly voicing their opinions. Money should not be viewed as a freedom of speech.

  24. I do believe a political contribution can be form of freedom of speech. I think that if a person wants to contribute to a candidate’s campaign, it is their choice to voluntarily show who they support. No one can tell them who they can or can’t support.

  25. Yes and no. It can be an attribute because giving them the money shows that you also stand and believe in that specific issue. Its freedom of speech because that person is representing a persons opinion. It is not a form because not everyone contributes to a campaign. so if they dont does that mean they dont have the right to freedom of speech? Money can not represent your voice, you actually have to use your voice for it to count. in this instance, money cant talk.

  26. I think contributing money for a political speech is a form of freedom. The reason I believe is so your showing who you are representing and I feel like your putting your voice out there. I think money gives a person voice because it describes what they are going for or like what represents them in a political view. I feel like contributions is your choice so it follows as your freedom to do something.

  27. At first I was unsure about this question and where I stood with my opinion. After thinking about it I do believe that contributing money for a political candidate is a freedom of speech. It’s your money and you know what your contributing to- therefore your giving money to support something you agree with- just instead of actually speaking, money is representing your voice.

  28. It is very tough to run for a candidate and not many of us have what it takes to win. Once you find someone whom is running for a candidate with the same beliefs as you, you do whatever it takes to help them win. Contributing to a political candidate is a form of freedom of speech because you are supporting someone whom has the same beliefs as you.

  29. I strongly believe that political contribution to a political candidate is equivalent to freedom of speech. If you contribute money to a specific political party and not another then you are clearly showing which party you are for and and support. Even though political contribution by donating isn’t a form of speech but you are technically expressing your feelings and opinions towards one political party.

  30. I don’t believe political contributions to a political candidate are equivalent to a person’s freedom of speech. I don’t think you should make a contribution if you already have the right to freedom of speech.

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