Campaign finance

by thoughtfulconservative

In the aftermath of the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, a loud cry is once again being raised to reform the process especially for judgeship races, like theSupreme Court.

I was going to write about it, but Lance Burri already did and his thoughts pretty much mirror mine, to wit,

So we’re all pretty sick of this Supreme Court election. Am I right?Sick of the negative ads. The gutter politics. The mutually assured destruction of reputation and trust.

Me, too. And I’m worried about the effect this all may have on our courts: if the Court simply becomes one more partisan football…

I may be worried unnecessarily. Six months from now, the vast majority of us will have forgotten all about it. In fact, considering today’s expected turnout, most of us may never have known.

His solution? Not what you might have read or heard elsewhere.

I’ll tell you what I’d prefer: no limits on candidate spending. No limits on the money they can raise. It’s more democratic, because it narrows the advantages rich candidates have over the rest of us.

And then enforce strict reporting requirements. You get to spend it, but we get to know where you got it.

It might not work. Or it might. One way to find out.

It won’t entirely settle the “appearance of impropriety” problem, of course, but at least it won’t run afoul of the First Amendment.

It won’t end the nastiness, either. Politics and elections will still be bare-knuckle and bloody – the more important the election, the more that will be true.

But then, none of the other “solutions” people are offering will change that, either.

Read the whole thing.


One Comment to “Campaign finance”

  1. Nice writing style. I will come back to read more posts from you.

    Susan Kishner

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