Allentown Morning Call: Pa. among top states that support free speech of campaign donors (In the News)

Allentown Morning Call: Pa. among top states that support free speech of campaign donors

By Joe Albanese

The Institute’s Free Speech Index scores and ranks all 50 states on their laws governing political giving, grading them from A-plus to F. Fortunately, Pennsylvania ranked as one of the top states in the country, earning an A grade…

Pennsylvania’s high score is particularly notable given the poor performances of its neighbors. Bordering West Virginia and Maryland both receive an F, while Ohio and Delaware each earn a D. New York fares a little better, earning a C grade, but it still restricts most forms of political giving. Taking stock of the entire East Coast, only Virginia does as well as the Keystone State at protecting the freedom to support candidates and causes…

Capping the amount of money that a candidate’s supporters can donate makes it harder for political outsiders to break into a system dominated by entrenched incumbents.

Perhaps that is why recent calls to impose contribution limits in Pennsylvania have come from the governor’s residence. Gov. Tom Wolf has pushed for contribution limits as part of his plan to “reform” Pennsylvania politics. If he gets his way, democracy will become less vibrant in the state and voters will have less speech about candidates to inform their vote.

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