A distinction without much distinction.
An important distinction not because of the final effect but because of the difference between trying to claim that money is equivalent to speech and the truth that money is necessary for whatever speech is being made. "I spent $1000" says nothing of any meaning. "I believe X" and spending $1000 for airtime does. That is the difference.
But you're right on one part: banning money mean you effectively ban the speech. Because the former is a requirement for the latter, banning the former effectively bans the latter, whether you understand the difference between "requirement" and "equivalence" or not.
No, telling people that there are no limits on what they can spend to buy an election creates a huge group of people without voice. I'm really not sure how you cant see that.
I can't see that because it isn't true. First of all, you have a very cynical view of the voter. How does my spending $1000 to say "I believe X" "buy" an election? It doesn't. People who don't agree can vote 'no'. People who do can vote 'yes'. My speech doesn't profit them either way, they've gotten nothing from me in exchange for their vote.
Second, my spending $1000 to say "I believe X" doesn't in any way stop you from spending your $1000 to say "X is wrong". It doesn't silence you. Now, you may not have $1000, but your lack of money isn't a result of my spending $1000, you'd not have the money whether I spent that $1000 or not. My speech isn't silencing you, it's your own lack of a way to pay for your own speech that does that. I'd suggest in that case you band together with others of like mind and pool your limited resources to pay for your speech, but you seem opposed to that solution.
I have sympathy for the concept of "its mine, I should be able to use it as I like", but there comes a time when "using it as I like" injures others, and that ought not be allowed.
Clearly, if I say something you agree with you have suffered no injury at all, so you can't claim that the simple act of speech is what created the injury, it has to be the content of that speech.
"I don't like what you say" isn't sufficient grounds to claim that you've been injured by my speech. You not being able to buy your own airtime to rebut my statements isn't sufficient grounds to claim that you've been injured by my speech, because it reverts to "I don't like what you say so when you say it I'm injured".
Ending the treatment of speech = money
Speech is not equivalent to money. Money is not equivalent to speech. If it were, the hefty sum in my IRA would be making some kind of statement, and it isn't. You can't end what doesn't exist.
It would end the "I'm powerful because I have lots of money, so you have to listen to me
You know what I do when I hear an ad from a "powerful" person I don't agree with? I turn it off. I don't have to listen to him. He's got no gun held to my head.
and run your campaign ( quietly, so the election boards don't see it ) as I like".
You've missed the point that people who spend the money on ads for candidates don't have to tell the candidate how to run their campaign, they simply buy the ads and say what they want. I've linked to two references that talk about the unions and special interests who dumped huge amounts of money into ads for their pet candidate (Teamsters, Sierra Club, and Ron Wyden), running horribly negative ads (accusing his opponent of murder, for one thing) and how did Wyden solve this negative campaign problem? "I don't control them". That's it. He didn't have to run his campaign their way, they ran their own campaign for him. And NOBODY ever said "this is bad, they shouldn't be allowed to spend their money that way."
Corporations are made of people who have rights. And those people already have sufficient ( and for some, more than sufficient ) voice.
CU was a case of a corporation of people who have rights who did not individually have "sufficient voice", so they created the corporation to pool their money. Because it was an ad against a popular liberal candidate, that became a problem and there were attempts to silence them. You're supporting that continued attempt to silence people who have rights to free speech, using your own right to free speech while doing so. Just as the Move To Amend group has formed to pool their money for more effective speech trying to strip that same right from others.
There is absolutely, positively no need for corporations to add in this mix.
So you're saying they don't have the right to free speech, even though you've just admitted that they are composed of people who, you claim, do have rights. Do you also feel this way about unions and groups like the Sierra Club? Do the people who send a $10 check to SC lose their right to free speech, too? Do they already have "sufficient" speech? By creating the concept of people having "enough speech" you show that you respect neither the concept of "right" nor "free", and that, indeed, some people need to be silenced.