Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Cyber Loophole

Without comment, another Washington Post editorial today...

CONSIDER THIS campaign finance scenario: A member of Congress faces a tough reelection race and needs as much financial help as possible. The politician can't legally take money from a corporation or labor union, and the most individuals can give is a few thousand dollars. But the lawmaker goes to a company and suggests another way to help out. He proposes that it pay for his Internet advertising. The campaign's consultants will produce the spots and choose the Web sites; the company need only write the check. And the company's help won't ever show up in campaign finance records.

Preposterous -- and dangerous -- as this may sound, it would be legal under a measure that hasn't received much attention but that has gained disturbing traction in Congress....

Read more here.

No comments: