Everytime I read something about Obama’s fundraising vs. McCain’s fundraising I try real hard to understand the public funding vs. no public funding issue, but I can’t get my head around it.
Public funding of a Presidential Campaign is optional?
If the candidate chooses public funding he is limited as to what additional funds are allowable?
Are there limits placed on how public funds can be used that may make it preferable to forgo accepting public funding in the first place?
Rather than discussing abstracts could I get an explanation that directly addresses Obama’s fundraising compared to McCain’s? Pros and cons of public funding?
This is in GQ because I mostly want to understand the facts of the situation. However, I would also be interested in hearing some commentary from informed individuals. If we can keep the commentary objective, perhaps we can stay out of GD territory- I hope, really looking for facts here, but facts put into perspective with a bit of commentary.
I’ve tried to understand this with my own research, but I really just don’t understand it.
ETA: If this OP doesn’t make any sense, just take that as further evidence of my lack of understanding.