Liberals Claim This Issue Is About
The so-called Voter's Bill of Rights, touted by the
Pro-Democracy Campaign, states that "[a] ban on "soft
money" contributions is needed immediately.
need to establish full public financing of public
campaigns and public information services for voters.
Broadcasters must carry debates and provide free time for all
candidates and parties as a license requirement to use our
public airwaves. Candidates must be given the choice of
running campaigns with public funds instead of accepting special
interest campaign contributions, legalized bribery. Clean
election laws like those in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and
Arizona should be expanded to other states and taken to the
What This Issue is Really
This issue is really about a few aspects of campaign
finance reform, but it is titled "clean money" only to
convey an image of righteousness that obscures the crux of the
problem. The problem is our campaign finance laws have
serious flaws that can easily compromise principled players in
our political system – as well as benefit unscrupulous
ones. The flaws need to be fairly addressed.
I personally favor some form of campaign finance reform,
although as in other issues where conservatives have a
difference of opinion with liberals, the difference is in the
details of implementation and not necessarily the objective.
is defined as money raised by national political parties and is
not federally regulated. It
is not money that goes directly to candidates.
Soft money flows freely between national, state and local
party apparatus. Soft
money is used for overhead and funding issue advertising.
It is regulated at the State level - it is voluntarily
contributed and disclosed.
Soft money is characteristically associated with "big
money" contributions from corporations, labor unions,
special interest groups, and wealthy individuals.
There is a perception that such money buys political
favor; however, soft money can come from any individual, not
just the wealthy. Nor
does the contribution of soft money constitute bribery, as this
plank claims. The objection to soft money is that parties
funnel it directly to candidates, bypassing contribution limits
established in federal election law.
in contrast, is money that is federally regulated going directly
to individuals. As
an example, the $25 donation you make to Candidate Smith is hard
Voter's Bill of Rights, Action Agenda for Electoral Reform
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