Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, July 16, 2001
The fact is, campaign finance reform is way down on the list of what people care about, but it gives politicians a chance to huff and puff about morality without taking responsibility for their own.
Limiting what candidates can raise and spend, especially close to an election, is an outrageous abridgement of the First Amendment. Because the media is so left-wing, how are conservative candidates and their issues going to get a fair hearing unless TV time can be bought? TV time is expensive, so there won't be much to buy if contributions and spending are limited. These bills also help protect incumbents, making it even more difficult for a challenger to toss someone out.
There should be no limit on giving or spending. What is given and what is spent should be immediately available on the Internet for all to see.