A post by Pat

The same day the DISCLOSE Act failed, the Fair Elections Now Act, H.R. 6116, was passed out of committee. (5-2 no Republican support.) This bill is about public campaign funding. Candidates who opt for public funding would receive 4:1 matching funds for campaign contributions of $100 or less. They will also receive a 20% discount off the lowest broadcast rates. Their PAC money would be limited to $100 per individual per year. The candidate would have to raise $50,000 from within his own community to qualify. Matching funds are for in-state contributions only. The goal is to set up an alternative system of financing Congressional campaigns. Fair Elections funding would be available for primary and run-off elections as well as general elections. The law would take effect in January, 2011.

The push for more government control of election spending never stops. The advocates of public funding say this will benefit democracy. Private money is or appears to be corrupting they claim. While the public views politicians as corrupt or corruptible, they don’t support public funding. Participation in the tax checkoff option has declined from a high of 28.7% for 1980 returns, to 8.3% for 2007 returns.

Private funding from interests groups is supposedly undermining the public confidence in their elected officials. Advocates say Fair Elections funds would come from the sale of unused broadcast spectrum, money already coming into the Treasury, so there would be no addition to the deficit. The failed logic here is that the Treasury has in fact spent this money and trillions more many times over. It’s this kind of thinking that undermines the public’s confidence more than anything.

Bill Would Fund Elections With Spectrum Proceeds

“Over the last two decades, spectrum auctions have raised billions of dollars for the American people,” Barton wrote to Waxman. “They have been a source of substantial deficit reduction and have helped fund important telecommunications initiatives for the good of all Americans. HR 6116 would now use those auction funds to bail out failing congressional candidates.”

I am concerned about big money from special interest groups going to politicians. If public funding wins out, government will be the only special interest group allowed to spend in elections. Your money will go to candidates who represent the antithesis of what you believe and value.

It’s the same old eternal night of the living dead in Washington. As long as there is paper, they will write and re-write legislation the public does not want. If they can’t strong arm it through, they’ll sneak it through.

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  1. ShArKy666 says:

    these scumbags in DC just pulled a “watch one hand while the other one picks your pocket” scam…just disgusting, and another piece of crap we gotta repeal once we take control…

  2. Artgal says:

    “The advocates of public funding say this will benefit democracy.” – And they are right. It will benefit a democracy – not a constitutional republic.

    The corrupt, delusional, holier-than-thou hosebeasts in DC have expanded their bail-out program for failing candidates the way they do other failing businesses they wind up taking over these days. We are adopting the practicies – even the economic policy – of Russia as outlined in Thomas Sowell’s ‘Basic Economics’. Instead of letting a candidate (or in Sowell’s example, a business) wither on its own vine or change its practices to be marketable again, count on government to waste our dwindling dollars to keep a failing – or even a dead politician on life support. Btw: see how much life support we will get when it’s our health failing; let’s just see if government is willing to bail us out then.

    This also leads to how we are becoming a ‘democracy’ instead of the constitutional republic we were meant to be. Democracy is simply mob majority rule. There is no barrier set in place to keep the majority in check – such as the brilliant Constitution we already have. In fact, in a democracy, there are no barriers at all; nor is there a voice for the under-represented (like us!). Even though the people outnumber the living dead of DC, the DC mob consider themselves ‘the majority’ because of their numbers in the house and Senate – for now. They also consider the control they have over a large percentage of the economy as proof of their numbers. I do get terribly irritated when people refer to The United States as a democracy because no, we are not. Our pledge says ‘…and to the republic for which it stands…’ because democracy can at any moment be given over for mob rule – and that’s what we have right now.

    So yes, these freaks are ensuring they are doing something to ‘benefit democracy’. It’s also why social justice doctrine is framed under the auspices of ensuring democracy. Propping up the dead and dying in office with our dollars will indeed keep the seeds of ‘democracy’ alive and well in the jungle of Washington DC. It’s also a way to ensure that new blood entering (or trying to enter) office have a more difficult time doing so.

    Some representation, isn’t it?

  3. ffigtree says:

    So not only do the “hosebeasts” 😉 want to regulate all campaigning, they also want to secure votes by any means necessary.

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