Intended consequences
Posted by aogWednesday, 08 October 2003 at 11:32 TrackBack Ping URL

Here’s the real result of campaign finance “reform”: “Clark speeches may violate election laws” [via Brothers Judd] The problem is that Clark discussed his candidacy at speeches at which he was paid. This runs afoul of the rule “candidates cannot be paid by corporations, labor unions, individuals or even universities for campaign-related events”. Now Clark, who is himself quite a smooth political operator, can’t keep the rules straight. What hope do actual non-politically obsessed citizens have? I’ve always assumed that this effect was the goal, not an undesirable side effect, of the reformers. The push for reform comes from, to a large extent, the same factions that have such a disdain for ordinary citizens making political decisions. Just count the correspondence between campaign finance law proponents and those claiming the California recall as a “hijacking” of democracy or a Republican coup. I hope Clark gets busted big time for this, not because of my opposition to Clark but because, like special prosecutors, campaign finance law proponents seem incapable of seeing the problem with their laws until it strikes one of their own.