DNC's Good, Not Great Campaign Finance Reform Platform
The Democratic Party released their convention platform yesterday, calling for many important campaign finance reform measures.
From the platform:
"We support campaign finance reform, by constitutional amendment if necessary. We support legislation to close loopholes and require greater disclosure of campaign spending. President Obama and the national Democratic Party do not accept contributions from federal lobbyists this cycle. We support requiring groups trying to influence elections to reveal their donors so the public will know who’s funding the political ads it sees."
Though many Democrats in Congress have called for Fair Elections-style public financing legislation, specific mention of publicly funded elections did not make it into the platform. The DNC platform, while certainly not going far enough, is a far cry from the Republican Party platform, that not only embraces the big money culture in our democracy, but calls for further loosening of campaign finance restrictions.
The last thing the American people want to see in their elections is more money. And the DNC campaign finance positions, while not as bold as is arguably needed, does move in the right direction.