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Transparency challenge to the 2013 candidates

One of Blog Watch goals is to educate the electorate that there are pertinent Campaign Finance Laws. Voters need to be vigilant and be aware of these laws. We hold these public officers accountable to the people. We needed to make sure that our candidates are transparent as to the…

Disclosing campaign contributions

Update: deadline extended to June 24. The long wait is over. Today our new president and vice-president will be proclaimed by the 14th Congress. Before we are lost in the revelry, the celebration of a new lease in our “non-existent democracy”, let’s not forget June 9 is also the deadline…
The grass is greener on the other side of the digital divide, but not much attention has been given on the costs of online advertising, especially such campaigns for the benefit of political candidates. Taking off from the theme of previous posts "Politics in the Age of AdSense -- A…
With virtually no limits on advertising -- except for election spending -- the PR people of candidates have pretty much free rein in the type of marketing that they can use to present their candidate in the best possible light. The law is clear on the limits, and the penalties…
Aspirants to political office know that the key to electoral victory is to have their names on top of everyone's minds and favorably so, and in a manner not too different from selling haircare products and laundry detergent they must themselves be marketed in a positive light. However, the Philippines'…