Monday, November 02, 2009

Campaign Finance

In today's Examiner column, I explain the need for PACs-or more specifically, personal PACs-and why they help keep the political process in Tennessee open to more of the citizenry who might like to participate:

The reality, of course, is that our present campaign laws, intended to limit the influence of money in politics, only make the influence of cash even more deep and wide. The cost of running a political campaign has not decreased merely because laws have been made limiting campaign contributions. As the price of running for office has gone up in recent years as new media sources become increasingly wedded to the political process, what once was mostly a rich man's game would become entirely so and prevent people from more run-of-the-mill places and truly diverse backgrounds from entering public life.

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