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10/30/2012 10:46:00 AM
Editorial: Only six more days of election negativity
Williams-Grand Canyon News


The election of 2012 will be remembered as one of the most negative campaigns witnessed in the United States. The United States Supreme Court ruling allowing for unlimited contribution to political causes and candidates by individuals and corporations has led to the explosion of Super Pacs. The contributions pouring into these groups have provided the financing for an ever increasing number of negative campaign ads flooding the airwaves and mailboxes.

Each of the Presidential Campaigns has now exceeded one-billion dollars in expenditures to deliver their message. While some of this money has been spent on informative advertising, the vast majority is being used to discredit the opposing candidate. In addition, Super Pacs have flooded the airwaves with negative ads with even more destructive accusations concerning the candidates. What is most disturbing, is the public, in most cases, has no idea who is funding these ads and what political favors they hope to receive in return.

Congressional races across the nation have fallen victim to the huge amount of money flowing in to assure one side or the other does its best to discredit their political rivals. Most ads feature an unbecoming photo of the candidate under attack with statements discrediting their character and abilities to perform the duties of the elected position. The public has few ways of knowing if any of these attack ads are accurate or based in fact. Many voters are left confused and wondering if those running for elected office are honorable men or women.

In Arizona, candidates for our State Legislature are faced with increasing accusations and personal attacks. What is most troubling is that funding for this negative advertising often comes from groups outside of Arizona. Local races have become a target for large contributors in order to tip the balance of power on hot button issues facing our state lawmakers.

The dollars being spent on Arizona legislative races will break all records.

A few brave candidates have steered clear of negative advertising, but the vast majority have embraced them. Why? Because study after study has shown negative ads work to sway undecided voters.

We will all breathe a sigh of relief when the mudslinging ends with the election on Tuesday. We can only hope that our elected officials and courts will tighten the rules on campaign contributions leading to more civil discourse in future elections.




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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012
Article comment by: Nick Harris

Have you ever seen a positive election? Luckily we have elections. Voting is a privilege. Protecting our families from thugs is important. Obama wants to take our guns.

Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

We well still have our horrible congress.
Im hoping that Romney wins.He at least has worked with anouther party before to get things done.Otherwise he is just about like Obama.(stance on many issues)
Ill be glad that its over,ive had enough of the circus.I hope whoever loses can do it gracefully and not drag it out or start riots.
The state elections have been bad.
Makes you want to vote for "anyone but the above"
I wish us all luck.




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