Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Voters take back elections

Voters take back elections
While Congress wallows in the ethical swamp where money and politics meet, one more state just found a way out. Voters there will pay for campaigns, which might be the bargain of the century. They'll save countless dollars doled from public coffers to the favor seekers who fund campaigns now.

Experience suggests that public financing is creating more competition and encouraging more women and other first-time candidates to get involved. No wonder, then, that many incumbents and the special interests behind them don't like the idea, since it could threaten their hold on power. (In Massachusetts, the Legislature sabotaged a public financing plan that voters adopted overwhelmingly in a referendum.)

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