Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Shorter and Cheaper Campaigns
USA Today's Don Campbell has an interesting column today. He calls for mandatory spending limits on campaigns, even if we need to amend the US Constitution to do it. Candidates would start campaigning on January 1 of the election year, rather than two years before the election as they do now. And, whatever funds candidates would need to get their message out would come from public moneys and free airtime provided by the nation's broadcasters in exchange for their free use of the airwaves. This would take all private money out of elections.

Campbell blames the American people for condoning our current campaign finance system. I'm not sure he's right about that, but we all should start demanding some pretty major changes immediately.

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