Sunday, May 23, 2010

The real winner$ in the May 18 primary

Who really won in the May 18 Pennsylvania primary? More often than not, it was the candidate with the most money. And that's usually the incumbent.

Pennsylvania has some of the worst campaign finance laws in the country and most politicians - and the people who pull their strings - are OK with that.

From an editorial in The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The primary elections in Pennsylvania demonstrated again that widespread calls for change aren't having much impact in Harrisburg.

The failed gubernatorial campaign of Democrat Anthony Hardy Williams did serve one useful purpose - it highlighted the need for campaign-finance limits in Pennsylvania.

The state has no restrictions on the amount of money that individuals or political action committees can donate to a candidate for public office. It's a perennial embarrassment.
Read the full editorial at the newspaper's Web site.

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