To me this spells three things….
1. They aren’t serious about getting elected, and/or
2. They can’t afford to run for elections, and/or
3. They don’t really know how much $$$ is needed to run a viable campaign.
… And dispels a big myth: That the election deposit of $15,000 is a deterrent to “opp” candidates
Lets be clear: To run a professional, viable and successful campaign needs a lot of money. I’m sure most people know how many tens of millions are incurred on US Presidential campaigns, Senate campaigns and Congressional campaigns It goes to pay for campaign staff, speechwriters, political analysts, strategists and advisers, advertising, opinion polls, flights, hotels, venues, etc.
That’s why politicians in the West do fundraisers all the time, why they are always seeking donations.
That is also why most politicians in the West are usually rich to start with.
While we don’t have to ape the West, we must recognize that trying to run a campaign without adequate funds is likely a waste of money.
There’s no point stinting and spending “only” $5,000 or $10,000 every five years on an election campaign that ultimately fails.
This is not about how little one can spend to get elected.
If that’s your attitude as a politician, I suggest you spend the $$$ on a holiday instead. You’ll have less heartache, be more happy, and not disappoint your supporters.
Actually “opp” politicians should thank the PAP for making election campaigns “affordable”. By restricting political advertising, political films, political lobbyists, opinion pollsters, etc. the PAP has made money much less of an advantage for themselves.
If there were no such restrictions, don’t you think the PAP could outspend the other parties in all the above categories?
As it is, parties can only spend $$$ on rallies, posters, banners, mailers and such.
And yet candidates like Nicole and her team still spend only a measly $7,000 per candidate, mainly for rallies, posters and banners.
Why do they not want to pay for campaign staff, like polling agents and counting agents? Why do they not want to pay for political consultants, advisers, speechwriters, image consultants, campaign managers, pr agencies? Why do they not spend more on (factual) political videos, printing and distributing their manifestos, campaign hotlines, professionally designed websites, professional photography, etc?
I know, they rely on friends and families as volunteers, and they don’t want to risk pissing off volunteers by bringing in paid helpers.
Yes, volunteers are important, but that attitude has to change. You can bet that there are lots of Party members in a US Presidential campaign, helping out for free alongside paid campaign staffers.
I believe that, unless and until they pay for professional help, such as speechwriters, analysts and strategists, our “opp” politicians will not get to the next level, and electoral success will elude them.
Politics is serious business. It needs serious politicians, who take campaign funding seriously.
It’s time our “opp” politicians shed their poverty mentality and start taking campaigns, and campaign funding, seriously.
Not raise requests for funding AFTER an election.