Cougar Questions: Should politicians be allowed to receive gifts from sponsors and supporters?

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In light of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife accepting illegal gifts, it can be difficult to define the line of when gift giving to politicians is acceptable. The Universe wanted to know what students thought about politicians receiving gifts from supporters and sponsors.

"Yes. If they weren't allowed to, then only the really wealth would be politicians. It is a way for people to support their favorite candidates." — Sierra Swenson, special education, North Ogden
“Yes. If they weren’t allowed to, then only the really wealth would be politicians. It is a way for people to support their favorite candidates.” — Sierra Swenson, special education, North Ogden
"I think it is weird if they do. It doesn't seem fair, and it doesn't seem right." — Quintin McCann, studio arts, North Ogden
“I think it is weird if they do. It doesn’t seem fair, and it doesn’t seem right.” — Quintin McCann, studio arts, North Ogden
"No. It is people trying to influence them one way or another—not representing the people." — Mark Roth, bio chemistry, Tualatin, Oregon
“No. It is people trying to influence them one way or another—not representing the people.” — Mark Roth, bio chemistry, Tualatin, Oregon
"No. If they are accepting gifts that could sway them based on the gift their sponsor gives." — Jessica Collyer, mechanical engineering, Binghamton, N.Y.
“No. If they are accepting gifts that could sway them based on the gift their sponsor gives.” — Jessica Collyer, mechanical engineering, Binghamton, N.Y.
"Not personal gifts. If it is for their campaign of something they are advocating for then it should be okay." — Jaci Prestwich, special education, Marietta, Ga.
“Not personal gifts. If it is for their campaign of something they are advocating for then it should be okay.” — Jaci Prestwich, special education, Marietta, Ga.
"No, because it is kind of like a bribe."— Irina Kuzmetsova, recreational management, Moscow, Russia
“No, because it is kind of like a bribe.”— Irina Kuzmetsova, recreational management, Moscow, Russia
"No. The government is supposed to be run by the people and everyone should have an equal say no matter how much money they have." — Ethan Nielsen, computer science, Sandy
“No. The government is supposed to be run by the people and everyone should have an equal say no matter how much money they have.” — Ethan Nielsen, computer science, Sandy
"Yes. I could see how it could influence politicians, but it depends on who is giving the gifts." — Dallin Jones, undeclared, Midland, Mich.
“Yes. I could see how it could influence politicians, but it depends on who is giving the gifts.” — Dallin Jones, undeclared, Midland, Mich.
"No. If you want to make the campaigning process fair, they should not be allowed to accept gifts from supporters."— Colby Beck, exercise science, Councilbluffs, Iowa.
“No. If you want to make the campaigning process fair, they should not be allowed to accept gifts from supporters.”— Colby Beck, exercise science, Councilbluffs, Iowa.
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