“The Conservative Who Hates Slush Funds”

David Firestone on Peter Schweitzer’s “Extortion:”

There’s no reason why reducing the influence of money should be a conservative or a liberal project. These are fundamental questions of better government, and Tea Party activists who complain about the influence of insider elites should be just as angry as liberal do-gooders. A leadership PAC allows people to contribute six times the limits on standard campaign donations, and retiring lawmakers are even allowed to keep the cash if they choose. That turns a political slush fund into something even worse: A conduit for outright bribery.

But, aside from Mr. Schweizer, the push to limit and disclose political donations has come almost entirely from the left.

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