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Everybody wins: The politicians get a shot at keeping their offices longer, while technically keeping their distance, and the special interests chalk up a big political IOU in Sacramento.
Unlike other campaign finance reforms that typically seek to close loopholes through which special interest money makes its way into candidates' coffers, Clean Elections changes the way elections are financed.
Politicians who are beholden to special interests are part of the problem, not the solution.
The latest innovation is to direct soft-money contributions from business, labor unions, and other wealthy special interests to state party organizations (which can still receive soft money donations) and to establish "mini-parties"--front organizations set up on behalf of national parties to evade the soft-money ban.
Many special interests at the state level are concerned that their traditional distribution channels are being eroded by the Internet, where consumers can shop directly.
Nor would devotees of the free market understand what is wrong with special interests, since the moment grander motivations, such as Western unity, are injected into the marketplace, there is a distinct possibility that ideology will follow.
It is needed to clean up America's political system and make sure the voice of the average citizen is no longer drowned out by the roar of the special interests.
At the same time, legislation pushed by corporate special interests on bankruptcy, banking, and so-called regulatory reform nearly made it to the President's desk.
It's to be expected that every politician on the junket would deny that this amounted to a post-election vacation paid for by special interests or that any undue influence could stem from the unfettered access to them that the trip allowed lobbyists.
Most simply throw up their hands on election day, and skip over the court races on their ballot--giving special interests an open playing field.
But I don't hear anyone saying that special interests are us--that special interests are what democracy is all about.

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