Micah just randomly asked “What if presidential campaigns were like corporations?” What if, indeed.
It’s a competitive field, many campaigns are out of business by 9 months before the election and only one “corporation” will survive. That means that the return on investment average for investors in the sector isn’t very good. Only a small percentage see any results for their money (even if all the people who supported the victor got ROi).
What kind of ROI would lead one to invest so speculatively? I guess some people are really passionate about a candidate and his/her platform. Maybe some think that there’d be a tangible benefit for them. I’d prefer a president who doesn’t start wars…other people might like one who gives tax cuts. Maybe you believe that Hillary will protect women’s rights better. It makes more sense for corporations, who may be looking for favors for them or their sector.
I don’t mean to get political here, in fact I try not to get mixed up in such politics. I will say that I don’t think any of the candidates presents a clear “This person is so awesome there’s no reason to vote for anyone else” platform.
It makes some sense that people would donate to Obama and Clinton right now if they feel strongly about either, since they’re so close and both could also win the presidential election if nominated. Or one might feel that they’re basically the same so it doesn’t matter.
What confuses me is things like—who would donate to the Huckabee campaign after it became clear that he wouldn’t take the nomination? It seems like people were doing it all the way up to the end.
And Huckabee was a comparative contender. Kucinich is cool on some things…but he’d never take the nomination. Micah thought Fred Thompson would be an interesting change on certain issues, but he also never thought Thomspon would win (Micah and I should do an “odd couple” politics blog—hey, we make it work!).
Yet people funded Kucinich and Thompson. If these people wanted a write off, I can think of a number of groups on various issues which would get a lot more done with that money and support similar causes. Even lobbying makes more sense, if you’ve got a sponsored bill floating around out there.
If you like to support political campaigns financially, I’d be interested in hearing your reasons. It’s something I don’t quite understand, but I’m sure it makes sense to others.