In the News: Washington Post: Why don’t Americans care more about campaign finance reform?

Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement write about the attitudes towards campaign finance reform, quoting CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith.

…But Bradley Smith, who served as the FEC’s chair a decade after Potter and now chairs the Center for Competitive Politics, said the expiration of commissioners’ terms is not “an emergency” since they can serve past their end dates without any penalty.

“It’s not like that is interfering with the commission’s function,” said Smith, who was appointed by President George W. Bush and favors further deregulation of the campaign finance system. “The real question is to what extent should the government regulate political campaigns and political speech. There is a recognition that money is important in the political system, and it’s important for speech.”…

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