Sunday, October 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

As unlikley as it may seem this close to the election, I agree with Kevin Drum’s basic assessment of BCRA (a.k.a., McCain-Feingold):

I have a feeling we should all be able to agree on one thing: that whole McCain-Feingold deal didn’t work out so well, did it?

Now, Kevin seems distressed by the fact that one of BCRA’s failings was that it did not limit the overall amount of money spent (nothing is going to do that, btw). I am by no means distressed by the amount. I find the twisted ways that the money must flow (e.g., 527s) in order to become speech to be problematic. I think it relieves the campaigns of responsibility for the message being disseminated.

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    1. hkr Says:

      After that long message in the last post, just want to say, basically, good points.

      Maybe you are right that the law not only didn’t improve matters but actually made them worse. I haven’t really thought about it a lot, but it’s true: anyone who argues that that law has been a success must have a screw loose.

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