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Other people's money: Targets of campaign finance reform

EDITORIAL
May 14. 2018 8:09PM




Steve Marchand’s proposal to give welfare to political candidates should be rejected, even Marchand’s self-interest in proposing it.

Marchand would have taxpayers give millions in matching funds to candidates that agree to his contribution limits. He doesn’t want them accepting money from corporations or political action committees. But he’s not going to give back the corporate checks he’s already cashed.

The former Portsmouth mayor never really stopped running for governor after losing the Democratic primary two years ago. He’s been jumping from one left-wing issue to the next attempting to crown himself King of the Bernie Bros. His latest target is campaign finance reform.

It should be noted that Marchand’s plan would provide a huge boost to unions and national groups such as Act Blue, which aggregates contributions for liberal candidates. This funnel of money would be allowed.

It’s strange how campaign finance reformers always seem to target the other side’s donors more than their own.


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