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Thursday, February 01, 2007

McCain-Feingold: Success or Failure?

"... since McCain and his band of reformers passed the stringent new law, here's what happened: The amount of contributions an individual can give to each candidate per election has jumped from $1,000 to $2,300; all of that so-called big money in the past has grown bigger, with presidential candidates talking about raising $100 million this year alone to prepare for the 2008 primaries; and McCain and some of his fellow reformers say they doubt they'll abide by the limits in the presidential public-financing system they enacted into law.

"Such are the unintended consequences of hyperventilating reformers who promise that if we just exert the power of the state to prevent people from freely giving to whomever they wish, we can take big money out of our elections."

The whole article is here. (By the way, the photo of Don Lambro accompanying this article must have been taken around 1979!)

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