McCain to Abandon Public Financing

Of course, he’d be crazy not to.  Politico has the story, and of course, it’s a sad one if you like campaign finance reform.  The thing is: in Citizen Action’s Clean Money, Clean Elections bill that we’re trying to get through Albany, the spending limit provided is a sum considered competitive, based on the prior three elections.  But with the national fund, accepting public funds is tantamount to suicide, even if your opponent were to do as poorly as the national Republican are right now.

This is something of a P.R. problem for CMCE, inasmuch as it makes public funding seem irrelevant, when in fact the problem is a half-assed attempt that hasn’t been updated since Nixon.

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.