Business leaders are not stupid about money; they give cash because cash works!
By Jack E. Lohman
As I listened once again to a state legislator claim that public funding of campaigns would be shot down by the Supreme Court, I shuddered. This is exactly what politicians want us to believe, but it is 100% incorrect.
The conservative Supreme Court “might” shoot down a mandated plan, but even that is not a given. Such would regulate a politician’s taking of campaign contributions but would NOT interfere with how much a special interest or corporation spent on an election.
You know; his “right to free speech.” His right to corrupt politicians who are willing to be corrupted.
But that’s a smokescreen…
We don’t even have to go there with voluntary public funding of campaigns. Politicians have the right to either accept or reject money being given to their campaigns. Our governor and state legislators should immediately break the financial tie that accompanies their legislative votes. They should be embarrassed that it even exists.
This does not obviate the need to repeal the abominable money=speech and corporations=people parts of the Supreme Court ruling being pushed by movetoamend.org.
Public funding of campaigns would cost less than $10 per taxpayer per year, while the private system is costing taxpayers — through the back door and whether you agree to it or not — easily 100 times that when you add all of the unnecessary building of roads and tax breaks that are given by our politicians (mostly to Scott Walker).
Without cash flowing to our politicians we would NOT be in the financial mess we are in. We would not have passed laws that now permit our jobs to be sent overseas, or have given tax breaks to the wealthy or corporations that don’t need them.
But we did, because that’s what the campaign contributors demanded.
If politicians were not taking cash bribes on the side, it would not matter which party were in power. Because they’d be making the right decisions for taxpayers rather than campaign war chests.