Posted: 02/12/13 23:58
by Dave Mindeman
There is a bill being floated in the MN Legislature, that would raise the campaign contribution limits given to individual political campaigns.
Some state lawmakers from both parties say they hope to raise the limit on the amount of money a candidate for state office can raise and spend.
The urgency of this request is outlined this way....
"We should increase both the contribution and the spending limits so that we can better equalize the size of megaphones and those who are trying to help or hurt them in elections," (Rep. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park) said. "The outside interests have a huge megaphone now as compared to the actual candidates running for office."
The question I have is, 'how in the world could you ever hope to "equalize" that megaphone'?
The answer to big money in politics is NOT more money.
Rep. Simon and his bipartisan colleagues would be better served to end this problem at the source and "move to amend".
Move to Amend is a movement that wants to end the problem of big money in politics. It is time to rethink everything we do in campaign finance. Move to Amend ends this absurd idea that corporations are people. It ends the ridiculous notion that money is speech.
It changes the Constitution or rather gets back to defining this aspect of the Constitution in regards to money in politics.
You can raise the donor limits. You can tinker with the finance laws we have now, but outside money will continue to dwarf individual campaign funding. There is no competition. The game is never in doubt.
Minnesota Rep. Rich Nolan is taking the lead on this and sponsoring this amendment....
In making the announcement, lead sponsor Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-Minnesota), said: ?It?s time to take the shaping and molding of public policy out of corporate boardrooms, away from the corporate lobbyists, and put it back in city halls ? back with county boards and state legislatures ? and back in the Congress where it belongs.?
The Minnesota legislature would be better served by supporting Nolan's initiative and make Minnesota one of the first states to ratify this amendment.
Individual campaigns trying to compete with outside money are fighting for a hopeless cause.
Move to amend.