how much does a superdelegate cost?

Many of the superdelegates who could well decide the Democratic presidential nominee have already been plied with campaign contributions by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a new study shows.

“While it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand out thousands of dollars to primary voters, or to the delegates pledged to represent the will of those voters, elected officials serving as superdelegates have received about $890,000 from Obama and Clinton in the form of campaign contributions over the last three years,” the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reported today.

About half the 800 superdelegates — elected officials, party leaders, and others — have committed to either Clinton or Obama, though they can change their minds until the convention.

Obama’s political action committee has doled out more than $694,000 to superdelegates since 2005, the study found, and of the 81 who had announced their support for Obama, 34 had received donations totaling $228,000.

Clinton’s political action committee has distributed about $195,000 to superdelegates, and only 13 of the 109 who had announced for her have received money, totaling about $95,000.

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2 Responses to how much does a superdelegate cost?

  1. jackson says:

    I think the Super Delegates may represent the very worst of our form of representational government, much like the Electoral College. I am not certain which part of the equation disturbs me more – that the voting public cannot be trusted or that the elite governing bodies of these votes can be purchased.

  2. the Electoral College is one of the only ‘checks and balance’ that keeps the presidential voting fair. Without it, the candidates would pander heavily to the populous cities and states and ignore everyone in fly-over country. I believe a candidate would be able to win solely by winning the 6 largest cities in our country. Our founding fathers knew precisely what they were doing when they set up the Electoral College.

    Super delegates, on the other hand, are a failsafe that the democrats added to their nomination system only recently as a measure to have final say beyond what the voters demand. While the presidential electors are not required by law to vote as their constituents demand, it is nearly unheard of for them to defect. Super delegates, on the other hand, have no allegiance whatsoever and are accountable to no one. Which makes perfect sense then that Bill Clinton himself is one. Conflict of interest never stopped Bill or Hillary, tho!

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