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house Bill H.R. 896

Should TV, Cable, and Radio Stations Have to Give Political Candidates Free Airtime?

Argument in favor

The high cost of buying advertisements for their campaigns makes candidates for public office beholden to special interests’ financial support, perverting American democracy. Giving political campaigns free air time would remove this pressure on political candidates, and give campaigns with less money a better chance.

Tom's Opinion
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03/17/2019
Give each candidate 2 hours, and limit their air time to that. Everyone gets the same amount of time, and we don’t get inundated.
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Javier's Opinion
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03/17/2019
this disempowers the rich who can pay for exposure. this evens the playing field.
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Leslie's Opinion
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03/17/2019
Yes, equal time to all parties. Tie this in with a large limitation on campaigns donations, and an increase number of scheduled proper debates (no mud slinging allowed) could be a great start to actual campaign reform
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Argument opposed

It’d be unconstitutional to require broadcasters to give free air time to political campaigns, as it’d violate either — or both — the First and Fifth Amendments. Additionally, given the range of mediums for campaigns to get their messages to voters, it’s no longer crucial to have TV advertising, so this bill’s impact would be less than advocates suggest.

J's Opinion
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03/17/2019
If equal airtime is to be given for free, then it should be given for free to any and all candidates, regardless. There should be NO stipulation. Period. But I think the better approach to fair campaign law would be that ALL candidates must be limited to a certain amount of allowable campaign costs uniformly, and it must be a reasonable, limited amount that any and all candidates can reasonably attain.
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I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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03/17/2019
Eliminate all airtime and most campaigning. Limit to 3 weeks only and no negative political adds. No 501C-3’s or other non-profit PAC’s. Lower total allowable campaign expenditures to total annual salary of the position they are candidate for.
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Craig's Opinion
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03/18/2019
NOBODY should EVER be FORCED to give ANYONE ANY SERVICE for free.
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    Give each candidate 2 hours, and limit their air time to that. Everyone gets the same amount of time, and we don’t get inundated.
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    If equal airtime is to be given for free, then it should be given for free to any and all candidates, regardless. There should be NO stipulation. Period. But I think the better approach to fair campaign law would be that ALL candidates must be limited to a certain amount of allowable campaign costs uniformly, and it must be a reasonable, limited amount that any and all candidates can reasonably attain.
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    this disempowers the rich who can pay for exposure. this evens the playing field.
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    Eliminate all airtime and most campaigning. Limit to 3 weeks only and no negative political adds. No 501C-3’s or other non-profit PAC’s. Lower total allowable campaign expenditures to total annual salary of the position they are candidate for.
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    Yes, equal time to all parties. Tie this in with a large limitation on campaigns donations, and an increase number of scheduled proper debates (no mud slinging allowed) could be a great start to actual campaign reform
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    NOBODY should EVER be FORCED to give ANYONE ANY SERVICE for free.
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    Appears to provide a greater opportunity for those who aren’t backed by the huge sources of big money by some
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    No, no, no. Why should political ads get special treatment? Nobody else does. Why should the political mudslinging be free? Honestly, I would rather listen to ads for Burger King than the political ads which are only half truths.
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    NOT “NOOOOOO” BUT HELL “NO000000!!!!” We see far too much bias by the MSM towards the Liberal Left, can one imagine if they’d have to give free political service? Katie -Bar The -Door. It’d be unconstitutional to require broadcasters to give free air time to political campaigns, as it’d violate either — or both — the First and Fifth Amendments. Additionally, given the range of mediums for campaigns to get their messages to voters, it’s no longer crucial to have TV advertising, so this bill’s impact would be less than advocates suggest. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 3*17*19.....
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    Should we force private companies to give their products to the government for free? No. Campaign finance reform is what’s needed. Not a excuse for more dark money under the guise of “fairness”. This is BS.
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    Yes, yes, yes. A set and equal amount of time — and no more. No paid advertising. Restore democracy by negating the tools used to subvert it.
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    One of the biggest issues in our political system is name recognition. There could be plenty of candidates out there with great ideas, but are unable to get their name out there because they don’t have enough money for advertisements. Giving equal and free airtime to all candidates will help equal the playing field.
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    Politicians have an uncanny way of getting rich with elections. Let them pay for their ads like anyone else.
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    With the millions and millions those candidates raise. NO!! What an asinine proposal.
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    Yes it would lower influence of big money
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    Political opposing comments used to get free airtime. Reagan got rid of that. I think people running for office should get a certain amount of free air time and also opposing comments! The president gets free air time all the time! He suck the oxygen out of the room and says nothing!
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    It’s the right thing to do for a fair election!
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    Good idea, Jim. Just the candidates... I like it!
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    All equl time no one gets extra. All political ads must be approved by campaign they represent. No extra bought for ads especially since lately there have been so many misleading political ads during critical times. More debates better moderated, live fact checking.
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    Free and equal time. There shouldn’t be anyone being disadvantaged by it. For example Fox News coverage of trump is at 100% with advocating him. Fox must be forced to give equal time to others to express their philosophy and ideas.
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