“It’s an unhappy birthday as campaign finance reform turns 100”

Surveying a century of “reform,” what has been accomplished? When was the last time you heard anyone say, “Thank goodness corporations, unions, and ‘fat-cats’ no longer influence elections”; “Thank goodness elections are not so negative as they used to be”; or “Thank goodness campaign finance laws have put an end to political corruption?”

So asks CCP Chairman Brad Smith and Associate Director Paul Sherman in a Washington Examiner op-ed, as they note the 100th anniversary of the Tillman Act, the first federal campaign finance law.  Their conclusion: "One hundred years after the Tillman Act, perhaps it is time to put a halt to ‘reform.’"

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