There Should Be Even More Outside Campaign Spending
Posted at 12:15 p.m. on March 26
Tim Kane makes the case that the $1 billion spent by outside groups in the 2012 elections has made the political system healthier and more diverse.
“What is exciting is that such extra-partisan ideological viewpoints are able to be expressed in the new political infrastructure. What is often called ‘third party’ politics is in fact extra-party politics: activity and expenditures made outside the 2-party system… Do you think the election laws should be reformed to make the RNC and DNC happy?”
“To be sure, much of the IE money goes for partisan candidates, but that should not obscure the diversity and partisan-blindness of it by nature. Pro-life expenditures will just as happily support red or blue candidates, so long as those candidates are aligned on their core issue… Total U.S. advertising is approaching $300 billion. So are elections really being ‘bought’? Or perhaps should we hope for more money to be spent on politics than on fast food?”