Campaign finance balance in the Boston Globe

Considering my fastidious fisking of a recent Boston Globe story on taxpayer financed campaigns in Maine, I feel obliged to point out a delightfully balanced story on the Bay State’s efforts to conform their laws and regulations to Citizens United.

In today’s edition the Globe dispassionately explains efforts by the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance to conform their regulations to reflect the Supreme Court’s January ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.

The tightly-written story avoids the corporate demagoguery present in many other pieces on the aftermath of Citizens United and explains that union independent spending—long legal in Massachusetts—accounted for 94 percent of the $4 million in independent expenditures in 2006.

“The change levels the playing field between corporations and labor unions, who in Massachusetts faced no such restriction and for years have provided heavy support for Democrats,” according to the Globe.

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.