campaign finance sux0rz
Today's Washington Post has a section in today's editorial page spotlighting testimony regarding the relationship to money and politics prior to the court challenge to the McCain-Feingold campaign reform bill.
Former Republican Senator Alan K. Simpson:
Who, after all, can seriously contend that a $100,000 donation does not alter the way one thinks about -- and quite possibly votes on -- an issue? Donations from the tobacco industry to Republicans scuttled tobacco legislation, just as contributions from the trial lawyers to Democrats stopped tort reform.
Alan G. Hassenfeld, CEO of Hasbro, Inc.:
Many in the corporate world view large soft money donations as a cost of doing business, and frankly, a good investment relative to the potential economic benefit to their business. In fact, although there is increasing resistance in the business community as access becomes more and more expensive, I remain convinced that in some of the more publicized cases, federal officeholders actually appear to have sold themselves and the party cheaply.
United Airlines Chairman Emeritus Gerald Greenwald:
When sitting Members [of Congress] solicit large corporate and union contributions, the leaders of these organizations feel intense pressure to contribute, because experience has taught that the consequences of failing to contribute (or failing to contribute enough) may be very negative.
(continued in the next post...)