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Politics and Society Media money and the First Amendment are three key influences in a successful political run Media coverage is important to familiarize the public with the candidate and to show where he stands on certain issues Money is needed to buy television and radio time The First Amendment guarantees everyone the freedom of speech but how can this be reasonably defined One possible solution would be restrictions on the amount of money that individuals can donate to support their candidates Modern media has influenced and possibly altered the history of politics As stated by Washington Post reporter Dan Morgan The most valuable commodity in American politics today is advertising time on TV The problem with this statement is that only the people with money have access to this option Republican campaign chairman Mark Hanna was quoted saying There are two things that are important in politics The first is money and I cant remember what the second is In support of this quote millions of dollars are spent on political campaigns in one week One example of this problem is demonstrated by Ralph Nader the candidate for the Green Party who is not as well-known as George W Bush or Al Gore His popularity has lagged because he does not have the funds to buy as much television time as the other more funded candidates When Nader ran for Presidency in 1996 he only spent 5000 of his own money and received only one percent of the votes Also on October 3 2000 he was denied access into the third and final debate at Washington University and as a result he filed a lawsuit against the Commission of Presidential Debates Even though all the necessary passes were presented the CPD security still would not let him enter onto the Washington University campus where he had a previously scheduled interview with the campus television station In contrast when multimillionaire Ross Perot ran
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