Campaign Finance Debate

Archive Report

Money and Politics

Critisms of Election Financing System

The story is told in Washington about a veteran U.S. House member engaged in a campaign debate with a young, reform-minded challenger. “You see my opponent's $500 silk suit,” the challenger barks. “You know who paid for it? The special interest corporations! You see his wife's mink coat? You know who paid for it? The special interest labor unions!” With that, the challenger stalks off to his seat. The old-timer then ambles to the podium and says: “I have to agree with my young friend. In fact, he forgot to mention my two $20,000 Cadillacs sitting in my driveway at home. You know how I paid for them? With special interest money, and lots of it. My question ...

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