From Jim Gilliam's blog archivesMcCain-Feingold -- a huge failure?
August 14, 2004 8:43 PM
Charles Krauthammer's column yesterday ripped the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reforms:
He's absolutely right. MoveOn has been far more effective at promoting John Kerry than the DNC.
There's also been a subtler effect, where media conglomerates have been sucking up to the administration in power to curry favor even more than normal because they can't just funnel money. Witness Clear Channel's organized Dixie Chicks burning parties for a perfect example.
News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch is masterful at this, having learned early on in his career that the best way to get what he wanted from a politician was through his newspapers. Roger Ailes used to consult for Republican presidential candidates, but now he runs a cable news outfit. Which job is more effective at electing Republicans?
But in the end, McCain-Feingold has forced the parties to seek contributions from a much broader constituency. The Democrats had 40,000 direct mail donors in 2000, but it's already up to 1.5 million this time around. Seems like progress.
McCain-Feingold -- a huge failure? (08.14.2004)
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