Reform in Tennessee

Submitted by Adam Smith on Tue, 07/24/2007 - 2:11pm.

As is often the case, ethics reform legislation follows nasty bouts of corruption in the halls of Congress and in state houses. That's what happened in Tennessee where the legislature has passed ethics reform. The co-author of the ethics legislation is Rep. Frank Buck (D-Dowelltown). But the Jackson Sun and Rep. Buck don't think the ethics reform goes far enough. It's time to look at how campaigns are funded if we really want to change the system.


According to the Sun:


Running for public office takes a lot of money. Elections often become contests of who can spend the most money, even at the local level of politics. Where that money comes from matters. It is inescapable that money buys access to lawmakers. When hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent to get a job that pays $16,500 a year, you can bet there is more than meets the eye going on behind the scenes.


And while the paper won't go as far as Rep. Buck in fully endorsing Clean Elections, they mention it as a possibility and support more scrutiny of campaign financing in the state.


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Though I do not live in Tennessee I plan to move there soon. I am "just checking things out" so to say. What do you think of limited terms. Don't leave them up there long enough to become corrupted.

Submitted by Clean Elections Friend (not verified) on Fri, 03/21/2008 - 8:20am.

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