- women's rights, LGBQRST rights, sex-workers, Roma
- Education and democracy especially in Hungary and Eastern Europe
- criminal justice, palliative care, drugs policy and migration in the USA
- health esp for the dispossessed - TB & HIV
|One logo is OSF's the other SIPO's|
The 2001 Act requests-and-requires that politicians disclose their [financial] interests. It also puts limits on the amount of money you can shake from other people to promote your campaign:
- Anonymous donations < €100
- Known sources; individual or corporate <€200
- Unless Body Corporate is registered with SIPO
- Total annual contribution from one source <€2,500
- Furriners = nil
- A political party or any of its sub-units may not accept a donation, of any value, from an individual (other than an Irish citizen) who resides outside the island of Ireland.
- Errrrm, that would be Mr Schwartz-Soros even if he changed his name to ui Sraitheach
Do we want the finances of politics to spiral out of control? In the USA, the longest pockets almost always wins elections:
94 percent of biggest House race spenders won
82 percent of biggest Senate race spenders wonThus the US government is effectively sold to the highest bidder. The US Supreme Court decision in Buckley v Valeo (1976) & Citizens United v Federal Election Commission (2010) held that blurfing money in campaigns is an example of [Constitutionally protected] Free Speech. The recent revocation of Title II Net Neutrality Rules by the Federal Communications Commission is selling access to the US internet to the highest bidder.
Now me, I am a trained researcher with a very expensive education, so I would prefer / expect all voters to fully inform themselves about the financial interests, voting record, likelihood of campaign promises being fulfilled, of all candidates. That would require a degree of awareness, patience, research and literacy which might qualify for a bachelor's degree but which is vanishingly rare among the Irish electorate. Most people simplify their choices to a narrow tribalism or the last name they read on an election poster outside the polling station. It is therefore illegal to put up a poster within 100m of a place for voting. But I'd much rather have dullards and reactionaries voting according to their conscience than turn the whole thing over to a money-wins-let's-burn-more-money dystopia. Let's save the planet from 100,000 plastic posters for a start.