April 01, 2020

Corporate campaigns

Columnist George Will doesn’t think publicly funded presidential campaigns are a good idea. (BDN, Sept. 28). He’s wrong.

The simple fact is that candidates who spend the most money are virtually always elected. Where does that money come from? Large corporations. So who are these elected officials beholden to? And whose interests are they looking out for when facing issues that affect us all? (Health care, the environment and tax law, for instance.)

As for the fact that the majority decline the opportunity to designate $3 of our tax bill to funding clean campaigns, I’m sure many of us, myself included, have seen that line on our tax forms and thought, “What’s this? I hate political campaigns,” and moved on to the next line.

Perhaps the form should read, “Check here to help reduce the influence of mega-corporations on our presidential elections.”

Philip Kell


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