Argument: Primaries are an enormous and unproductive use of money
- "Death Knell May be Near for Public Election Funds". NewYorkTimes.com January 23, 2008 - "'The 2008 race will be the longest and most expensive presidential election in American history,' said Michael E. Toner, a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission. 'Top-tier candidates are going to have to raise $100 million by the end of 2007 to be a serious candidate.' He added: 'We are looking at a $100 million entry fee.'"
- "How Presidential primaries ruin US elections". Helium.com - "Money, not political ideas is what wins votes in today's society. So, the stakes are high when it comes to winning the nomination of the Republicans and Democrats. Ralph Nader and Ross Perot are examples of this. While each man had unique ideas on how the country should be run, neither man was considered a true candidate because of their lack of affiliation with one of the two major political parties. This is not to say that their ideas were bad ones - on the contrary."