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For Monday, December 17, 2012


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 17, 2012

~~<p><strong>Money can influence, but not necessarily buy</strong></p>
<p>For those who worry about big money determining elections &mdash; which is just about anybody who laments the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling &mdash; it was a little disconcerting to learn shortly after the recent mayoral election that outside sources joined to give winning candidate Kirk Caldwell a 2-to-1 spending edge over former Gov. Ben Cayetano, even though individually their campaigns directly had spent about the same amount: $10.55 per vote each.</p>
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Money can influence, but not necessarily buy

For those who worry about big money determining elections — which is just about anybody who laments the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling — it was a little disconcerting to learn shortly after the recent mayoral election that outside sources joined to give winning candidate Kirk Caldwell a 2-to-1 spending edge over former Gov. Ben Cayetano, even though individually their campaigns directly had spent about the same amount: $10.55 per vote each. Login for more...



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