Published: Tuesday, March 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Mr Handy,That all sounds good, but you mention McCain Feingold while
leaving out the citizens united ruling.That ruling is why we have
not "slowed the flow of money into campaigns and elections by a single
dime."I get the concept of donating campaign money to those who
already share your view. But I think that the Average American believes that
many of those contributions actually AFFECT the way someone votes. (and yes,
that includes Union contributions as well as corporate)The US
congress is supposed to "avoid the appearance of impropriety" What a joke that is. I can assure you that Walmart would not let
their buyers be "influenced" in the same manner.Why do you
think that is?Here is a novel concept. If you get ALL the big money
out, there will be no doubt as to the motives of our politicians.
On the national level, Republicans have opposed more transparency and disclosure
in campaigns. So i don't see it changing in the near future.
Promises, promises, promises. I've never seen any elected person keep a
"Let's shift around a couple of those deck chairs. What? Iceberg? I
don't see any iceberg."
Mr. Handy's proposal is unclear to me. How does the proposed legislation
make donor info any more transparent? He says we'll be able to see the name
of the organization that donates. That is true now. But how does that help when
"organizations" can continue to hide their true purposes from the
Sometimes I think that a politician talking about campaign finance is like an
alcoholic excusing himself because he only drinks wine. Money in our politics is
a national problem that can not be solved short of a constitutional amendment to
reverse Citizens United and declare that political contributions (money
donations) are not a form of constitutionally protected speech. And while we
are at it, we should eliminate the notion that corporations are people, and
provide that congress and legislatures have the power to limit political
contributions. I am sure that this refortm will break the
media's avaricious heart, but it's a price that has to be paid to keep
our politicians from being the best that money can buy.
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