The letter by Fred Simmons in the Feb. 3 Augusta Chronicle (“Campaign finance ‘reform’ has made the system more corrupt”) proposed changing the campaign finance law to essentially: Eliminate political action committees, limit individual contributions to some reasonable value, eliminate corporate money and provide full disclosure.
Seems like a good idea to me, as far as it goes. However, his concerns about the role of employers and Wall Street make me wonder about his objectivity. Isn’t he also concerned about the massive contributions by unions and other special-interest groups?
I think a true change to our political system would occur if funding was restricted to limited contributions by individuals – including the candidates themselves. Imagine: Political campaigns would have to rely almost exclusively on grass-roots support. Maybe I’m being a little naïve to think something like this might work. I would guess, though, that the only complaints would come from the media as revenues from political ads tanked.
Oh, well. Until something is done, I’ll just continue to rely on caller ID and my TV remote to filter out the seemingly endless political chatter.