A few days ago, we noted our objections to the so-called campaign finance “reform” legislation in Illinois that resulted from a compromise between Gov. Pat Quinn and state House and Senate Democrats. Our biggest critique of the bill was that it blatantly favored the entrenched political leadership at the expense of the people of Illinois. We said:
“For all the talk of ‘reform’ and ‘reducing corruption,’ the big winners if this compromise legislation is passed will be the incumbent political leadership in Illinois. Gov. Quinn will face a less competitive primary, and House and Senate leadership will have more leverage to force rank-and-file legislators to do as they’re told. The big losers will continue to be the people of Illinois, who will have their own ability to participate in the political process limited — through the imposition of contribution limits on individuals and groups — while entrenched politicians solidify their power and influence.”
We are happy to see that the political newspaper of record in Illinois agrees with us.
On Sunday, the State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) published a scathing editorial headlined “Incumbents Take Care of Themselves.” Not pulling any punches, the newspaper’s view is that the legislation should have been called the “Incumbent Protection Act of 2009” because, through the so-called “reform” legislation, the legislators go after everyone else’s speech and association rights while making sure they “won’t lay a finger on themselves.”