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The Liberal Assault on Our Federal Republic

Part IV: "Clean Money Elections"

Michael A. Wallace

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August 11, 2001

Introduction

What 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. 1  We also
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 federal level." 2

What This Issue is Really About

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.

1  "Soft money" 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.  "Hard money", 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 money.

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The Voter's Bill of Rights, Action Agenda for Electoral Reform

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Michael A. Wallace is a registered Republican, a former Eagle Scout, a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association, a strong believer in Second Amendment rights, a retired Marine officer, and a pro-life advocate - all things liberals seem to dislike.  In addition to his affiliation with America's Voices, Mike is a founding member of ConservaVets, a conservative veteran's organization (which has since become Rally4America).  Mike uses thorough constitutional and historical research to analyze and explain key moral and political issues of the day.  He particularly enjoys debunking the myths and lies perpetrated by the many liberal groups who claim to speak for most Americans and by those who misrepresent Constitutional principles to further their own agendas.  E-mail Mike at mwallace@americasvoices.org.

 

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