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"We have two and half million individual campaign contributions, more than any campaign in history." - Bernie Sanders

"Ultimately, the question of campaign contributions will be decided by the public." - Stephen Breyer

"Most successful American politicians look well-fed on endorsements, campaign contributions and chicken dinners." - Simon Hoggart

"Public disclosure of campaign contributions and spending should be expedited so voters can judge for themselves what is appropriate." - Mitch Mcconnell

"People looking into Barack Obama's campaign contributions say that Obama may have received $3.3 million from abroad. Yeah. It turns out that broad is Oprah Winfrey." - Conan O'Brien

"Who do you think controls the Republican Party? Big money controls the Republican Party. This is where their campaign contributions come from." - Bernie Sanders

"Without putting the brakes on out-of-control campaign contributions from individuals and corporations - it will be business as usual, with 1 percent of Americans pulling the strings." - Madeleine M Kunin

"The kind of corruption the media talk about, the kind the Supreme Court was concerned about, involves the putative sale of votes in exchange for campaign contributions." - James L Buckley

"What 'eminent domain' laws mean in practice is that politicians have a right to seize your property and turn it over to someone else, in order to gain campaign contributions and win votes." - Thomas Sowell

"Super PACs and a corrupt campaign finance system are destroying American democracy. We're proud that we have received four million individual contributions, more than any candidate in American history at this point." - Bernie Sanders

"After all, Wall Street is clearly the most powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. From 1998 through 2008, the financial sector spent over $5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions to deregulate Wall Street." - Bernie Sanders

"But please know, whether you believe campaign contributions are speech or property, that I learned to love very dearly the right of free expression when I lived without that freedom for a while a long time ago." - John Mccain

"The only way you do anything is to become really active. And the most effective way to get your message to your elected representatives is to make campaign contributions and develop relationships with them." - Krist Novoselic

"The case may very well be that Congress is willing to restrict campaign contributions because it has these privileges. It is true that incumbents normally get larger contributions than their challengers. The opponents at least get some money, but they do not have access to the perquisites of the incumbent." - Gordon Tullock

"I am suspending my presidential campaign." - Herman Cain

"Placemaking is community organizing. It's a campaign." - Fred Kent

"It starts with campaign finance reform." - Zack Space

"Be involved; be informed. Make meaningful contributions to society through service and involvement." - M Russell Ballard

"Running for office in our country takes a lot of money, and candidates have to go out and raise it. New York is probably the leading site for contributions for fundraising for candidates on both sides of the aisle, and it's also our economic center. And there are a lot of people here who should ask some tough questions before handing over campaign contributions to people who were really playing chicken with our whole economy." - Hillary Clinton

"For his major contributions to the analysis of algorithms and the design of programming languages, and in particular for his contributions to the "art of computer programming" through his well-known books in a continuous series by this title." - Donald Knuth

"World peace and brotherhood are based on a common understanding of the contributions and cultures of all races and creeds" - Mary Mcleod Bethune

"Generativity is a system's capacity to produce unanticipated change through unfiltered contributions from broad and varied audiences." - Jonathan Zittrain

"All contributions by corporations to any political committee or for any political purpose should be forbidden by law" - Theodore Roosevelt

"Thank God for the creative ideas that enrich life by adding your own creative contributions to human progress" - Wilferd Peterson

"Musicians have made incredible contributions to the conservation and environmental movement and continue to do so, more than ever." - Paul Watson

"The most enduring contributions made to civilization have not been made by brawn, they have been made by brain." - Benjamin L. Hooks

"I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns." - Jeff Bingaman

""It gets better." - On his campaign against bullying." - Sergio Martinez

"When I am the candidate, I run the campaign." - Richard Nixon

"I would like to have campaign spending limits." - Mitt Romney

"Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother." - Robert Byrd

"Karen Handel has run a 100 percent negative campaign." - Nathan Deal

"Remember, the Legislature is the joke, not our campaign." - Kinky Friedman

"Conservatives claim [Hillary] Clinton campaign involved in satanic 'spirit cooking'." - Bill Maher

"We are seeing Republicans uniting behind this [presidential] campaign [2016]." - Ted Cruz

"Ted Cruz knew Ben Carson did not leave the campaign." - Donald Trump

"Bill Clinton was giving the Clinton campaign the best advice." - Mary Matalin

"[Donald] Trump still thinks he`s in a campaign." - Chuck Todd

"Prosperity ... is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign." - Woodrow Wilson

"Campaign staffers develop the ability to sleep through anything." - Mary Cheney

"I never expected to be approached for an ad campaign." - Gary Clark Jr

"I took and received campaign donations under the existing laws." - Sheila Jackson Lee

"The usual test under the Federal Election Campaign Act for whether something counts as a campaign expenditure is whether the obligation would have existed but for the campaign. If so, it is not a campaign expenditure." - Bradley A Smith

"You can't be the candidate and the campaign manager." - Roger Stone

"The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity." - George Mcgovern

"Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign." - Woodrow Wilson

"The top group of fundraisers for Mr. Obama raised $457,834 for his 2008 campaign - and were approved for federal grants and loans of $11.4 billion, according to the Government Accountability Institute. Selling access to the federal treasury has been a great way for Democrats to raise campaign funds. Since 1989, according to an analysis by Gateway Pundit, big donors have provided $416 million more in direct contributions to Democrats than Republicans." - Jack Kelly

"The primary source of waste in government is that legislators are often under heavy pressure to vote for projects that will benefit their campaign contributors, even when those projects fail a simple cost-benefit test. But with the Supreme Court showing little interest in permitting tighter rules on campaign contributions in recent years, there is little reason to be optimistic that we'll start curbing this kind of waste any time soon." - Robert H. Frank

"We do have evidence the [Donald] Trump campaign was working to sideline Russian intervention in Ukraine as a campaign issue." - Rachel Maddow

"Anyhow, all mankind's ideas and interests, all human aims and motives, are exhibited, fully formed, in a three-year-old child. The kid is just operating on a smaller scale and lacks the advantage of having made enormous soft-money campaign contributions to political candidates." - P. J. O'Rourke

"The role of campaign contributions in our political system and the role of lobbyists have now reached levels that are quite unhealthy for the operations of our democracy. But the antidote, as in past eras of lobbyist excess, is for more involvement by citizens to build pressure on members of the House and Senate to serve the public interest." - Al Gore

"From 1976, Judy to 1996, we had six presidential elections. And it was run under the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1974. In all six of them, every candidate agreed to limits of what he could collect in contributions and what he could spend in seeking a nomination. And they all abided by it." - Mark Shields

"The lobbying over China most favored nation trading status was disgusting. There's no way in hell that MFN would have passed in '95, '96, '97, '98, '99, 2000 if all these companies hadn't come in flooding and making campaign contributions and ask for people's support. That drove the debate. Every year was the allure of corporate dollars flooding into members' bank accounts." - Mark Shields

"This is what oligarchy looks like: Today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. The top one-hundredth of 1 percent makes more than 40 percent of all campaign contributions. The billionaire class owns the political system and reaps the benefits from it." - Bernie Sanders

"What does a political revolution look like? It means that 80 percent of the people vote in national elections, not 40 percent. It means that billionaires can't make unlimited campaign contributions and buy and sell politicians. It means that the U.S. government represents the needs of all the people, not just the 1 percent and their lobbyists." - Bernie Sanders

"Let's talk about why, in the 1990s, Wall Street got deregulated. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Wall Street provided - spent billions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions?Well, some people might think, yeah, that had some influence." - Bernie Sanders

"Our laws governing lobbying and campaign contributions have struck the right balance between the wishes of the people and those of private industry, so why are we so quick to doubt that the same great results can be achieved by putting the government's justice-dealing branch on the same market-based course?" - Thomas Frank

"What we have now is a situation where politicians get a whole bunch of money from mainly business interests. Then once they hold that office, they spend all their time in office paying back over and over again those campaign contributions through various favors and contracts and that sort of thing." - Matt Taibbi

" identified 143 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 16 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties." - Bill Dedman

"I just think the most important aspect in being able to have a productive relationship between the teachers' unions and the districts and the states that they're dealing with is that the person sitting across the table from them should not have received the largest campaign contributions from the teachers' union itself." - Mitt Romney

"As a consequence, the Court ruled that the limits on campaign spending violated the First Amendment, but it accepted the $1,000 limit on individual contributions on the ground that the need to avoid the appearance of corruption justified this limited constraint on speech." - James L Buckley

"men have been in charge of according value to literature, and ... they have found the contributions of their own sex immeasurably superior." - Dale Spender

"Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world." - La Reid

"A revolution that is based on the people exercising their creativity in the midst of devastation is one of the great historical contributions of humankind." - Grace Lee Boggs

"[O]ur greatest contributions to the cause of freedom and development overseas is not what we do over there, but what we do right here at home." - Frances Moore Lappe

"A representative form of government rests nor more on political contributions than on those laws which regulate the descent and transmission of property." - Daniel Webster

"The visions of the INFJs tend to concern human welfare, and their contributions are likely to be made independent of a mass movement." - Isabel Briggs Myers

"A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive." - Thomas Jefferson

"The pro-Israel lobby has been remarkably successful in suppressing criticism. Politicians challenge it at their peril because of the lobby's ability to influence political contributions." - George Soros

"If the history of medicine is told through the stories of doctors, it is because their contributions stand in place of the more substantive heroism of their patients." - Siddhartha Mukherjee

"The way a culture treats women in birth is a good indicator of how well women and their contributions to society are valued and honored." - Ina May Gaskin

"Woe to the Revolution when the day comes, when the people, overburdened by contributions and consumed by abuses, turn to their enemies for salvation!" - Apolinario Mabini

"Common sense religion emphasizes the human contributions that are supposed to move the deity. Valid worship always begins with recognition of what God has already done." - Max Anders

"Science may not be as intimate as the medical profession; nonetheless, it certainly is a community in which ideas are often shared as contributions, not as proprietary things." - Lewis Hyde

"When you have success, there is glory for all. With success and glory come great feelings for one another and recognition of one another's contributions." - Jimmy Johnson

"No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens." - Michelle Obama

"Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America." - Joe Baca

"Asian Pacific American Heritage Month provides us all an opportunity to reflect upon this community's many contributions and to celebrate its bright future." - Nydia Velazquez

"Great scientific contributions have been techniques." - B F Skinner

"If you want me in the Hall of Fame put me in because of some contributions that I have made to country music." - Buck Owens

"Inequality also distorts our democracy. It gives an outsized voice to the few who can afford high-priced lobbyists and unlimited campaign contributions, and runs the risk of selling out our democracy to the highest bidder. And it leaves everyone else rightly suspicious that the system in Washington is rigged against them - that our elected representatives aren't looking out for the interests of most Americans." - Barack Obama

"We need to put limits on how much an individual, group or business can spend on influencing an individual legislator or a whole set of legislators. Look at the vast sums that the NRA spends on getting all legislators to be soft on gun control. Legislators find it hard to refuse the NRA's largess when they need contributions to their political campaign wherever they can get them." - Philip Kotler

"The technology is available to us today to begin the transition to 100 percent renewable energy. What is keeping us from making that transition is nothing more than misinformation, a lack of knowledge by most people of what is available, and an unwillingness on the part of many of our politicians for either ideological slavishness or something more self-serving, like major campaign contributions from the oil and gas corporations or from utilities who enjoy the monopoly they have on our energy systems." - Mark Ruffalo

"A politician taking campaign money from gamblers in Nevada is like one taking campaign money from the auto people in Michigan. Gambling is our legal business." - Paul Laxalt

"For months, the [Donald] Trump campaign denied full stop that anybody associated with their campaign had any ties with Russia or any contacts with Russia full stop." - Rachel Maddow

"The wall is going to to take a while. Obviously [Donald Trump] is going to build it.It's a campaign promise; he's not going to break a campaign promise." - Rudy Giuliani

"Jesse Jackson won South Carolina in '84 and '88. Jackson ran a good campaign. And Obama ran a good campaign here." - Bill Clinton

"People who are using it to sell things on Craigslist to holding garage sales - campaigns - the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign both used Square to raise funds." - Jack Dorsey

"I don't make any apologies for what I do on the campaign trail." - George W Bush

"Unlimited campaign spending eats at the heart of the democratic process." - Barry Goldwater

"Campaign promises are - by long democratic tradition - the least binding form of human commitment." - Antonin Scalia

"I keep my campaign promises, but I never promised to wear stockings." - Ella T. Grasso

"It looks like President Obama has a new campaign slogan: 'Yes I Did.'" - Jay Leno

"Unless your campaign has a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night." - David Ogilvy

"I think it's clearly the result of something that looks like a campaign." - Jose Mourinho

"The United Nations is proud to have the Adopt-A-Minefield Campaign as a partner." - Kofi Annan

"Life is a campaign not a battle, and has its defeats as well as its victories." - Don Piatt

"A fish does not campaign against fisheries-it only tries to slip through the mesh." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"National pride is the culmination of a lifetime public relations campaign of psychological mind-control techniques." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Every sweet, humble young model is only one campaign away from becoming a fashion monster." - Coco Rocha

"Use Campaign link tagging labels all for specifying slight differences in content for split testing." - Georg Cantor

"I personally do not owe the debt that was owed by the campaign." - Alan Keyes

"We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community," - Coretta Scott King

"I wrote Pay Any Price as my answer to the government's campaign against me." - James Risen

"Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them." - Charley Reese

"The terror attacks have reshaped the campaign and may have given another boost to Donald Trump." - Barack Obama

"Donald Trump bigotry, his bluster, his bullying, have become his campaign." - Hillary Clinton

"Never say anything in a national campaign that anyone might remember." - Eugene Mccarthy

"Nothing brings closure to a campaign like opening it up again." - Jon Stewart

"Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been getting a lot of questions about his wife ." - Audie Cornish

"The [Donald] Trump campaign turned on a dime instantly as soon as those WikiLeaks dumps started." - Rachel Maddow

"Donald Trump has spent his entire campaign offering a dog whistle to his most hateful supporters." - Hillary Clinton

"Let's face it, the subject of campaign finance is not always scintillating. But it's incredibly important." - Jane Mayer

"I've never launched any initiative or campaign that people thought was a slam dunk." - Van Jones

"How will a President Trump bind those wounds rubbed so raw by this campaign?" - George Stephanopoulos

"Defeating Hillary Clinton in a campaign unlike anything we've seen in our lifetimes." - George Stephanopoulos

"Michael Flynn was one of Trump`s top national security advisors throughout the campaign." - Lawrence O'Donnell

"I call Steve Bannon the general of our campaign. It's true." - Kellyanne Conway

"Newt Gingrich gave voice to something that was said throughout this campaign from Democrats and Republicans." - Chuck Todd

"I think that [James] Comey acted in an outrageous way during the [presidential ] campaign [in 2016]." - John Lewis

"The Muslim world is deeply hurt by the campaign of violence initiated against our Palestinian brothers." - Ahmet Necdet Sezer

"Life is a campaign, a brief staying in a strange region." - Marcus Aurelius

"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign." - Richard Stallman

"During a campaign the air is full of speeches - and vice versa." - Anonymous

"I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." - George W Bush

"We campaign in poetry, but when we're elected we're forced to govern in prose." - Mario Cuomo

"I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air." - Andre Dubus

"An American presidential campaign resembles a forced march through enemy country." - Lewis H Lapham

"My most splendid campaign was that of March 20; not a single shot was fired." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"I'm backing David Cameron's campaign out of pure, cynical self-interest." - Boris Johnson

"We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community" - Coretta Scott King

"Donald Trump has a great campaign slogan: 'A complex world demands complex hair.'" - David Letterman

"The campaign is over. It's time for the work of governing to begin." - Tom Daschle

"We need real campaign finance reform to loosen the grip of special interests on politics." - Tom Daschle

"It's not as if our party has a leadership campaign underway." - Peter Mackay

"Campaign ads are the backbone of American democracy if American democracy suffered a gigantic spinal injury." - John Oliver

"The pressure of the [election] campaign has a wonderful way of revealing your strengths and weaknesses." - William J Clinton

"I wouldn't say I was part of an anti-war campaign." - Robert Fisk

"The 2016 presidential campaign is heating up. Can you feel the indifference, the apathy?" - David Letterman

"I'm running against a woman who's got David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel running her campaign." - Joe Walsh

"I don't care if you've just won an Oscar, you still have to campaign for parts." - Steve Zahn

"I'll campaign for anyone who's honest and who I like, irrespective of the party." - Mithun Chakraborty

"To campaign against colonialism is like barking up a tree that has already been cut down." - Andrew Cohen

"Democracy is stronger than terrorism, and we will not cower to the terrorists' campaign of fear." - John Doolittle

"I got with PETA for a fur campaign, specifically for fur." - Waka Flocka Flame

"I am a bit biased. I co-chair the campaign effort of George W. Bush." - Katherine Harris

"I'm 40 and I just got my first beauty campaign with Clairol Nice and Easy." - Teri Hatcher

"I am not antigovernment. I would not run a campaign against government." - Jack Kemp

"How can you work with someone if you went into their state to campaign against them?" - Angus King

"The Obama campaign was smarter, quicker on their feet than the Clinton camp." - Edward Klein



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