Monday, December 10, 2007

Candidate Review - Electoral Reform - Alan Keyes

Keyes does have a section on Campaign Finance Reform; he's not a fan of McCain Fiengold, and feels that people should be allowed to donate whatever they want to support the candidates. That said, he does have a few caveats.
The first principle is that there will be no "dollar" vote without a ballot vote. Only people who can walk into the voting booth and cast a vote for a candidate should be able to make a contribution to his campaign. This means no corporate contributions, and no union contributions, except from unions truly acting on the authority of members freely associating and intending to make a contribution. There must be no financial contributions whatsoever from any entities that are not actual, breathing voters.

The second principle is that when anyone casts a "dollar" vote, it should be publicized immediately. The whole world should know who is giving how much, and to whom, so that the voters can enforce the result.
Well that's a bit more thoughtful than Duncan Hunter, anyway. But I'm still not sold, mainly because Keyes' priority is to protect the right of the wealthy to donate, not to protect the people from the machinations of the wealthy.

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