Fair Elec­tions Act

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

The bi­par­ti­san Fair Elec­tions Act, which is be­fore Congress, would cre­ate a sys­tem of pub­lic fi­nanc­ing for fed­eral elec­tions, do­ing much to re­duce the in­flu­ence of mas­sive cor­po­rate cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions on our democ­racy. Con­sid­er­ing that the Supreme Court rul­ing ear­lier this year will al­low un­lim­ited cor­po­rate po­lit­i­cal con­tri­bu­tions, such a sys­tem is needed now more than ever.

The bill is be­ing sup­ported by Democrats and Repub­li­cans. Of Austin-area rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, has signed on as a co-spon­sor, but Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, and Rep. La­mar Smith, R-San An­to­nio, have not.

Why not? What are they wait­ing for?

JEFF brooks anaxago­ras@sbc­global.net

austin

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