In a free country, it seems as though you should be able to give as much of your own money to any political candidate you want to, as long as it’s disclosed to voters. Yet, in order to give more than the current $2,700 individual contribution limit — a completely arbitrary figure that makes it difficult for non-politicians to challenge incumbents — you must “legally” launder your money through a PAC — a political action committee — that will then funnel the money to the candidate you support.
PACs have too often become what have are known as “Scam PACs” that professional political hucksters establish to enrich themselves, with only a trickle going to the chosen candidate. It’s a “legal” con job that enriches D.C. fat cats in both parties and make it virtually impossible for an incumbent to be defeated.
These PACs have taken advantage of Americans wishing to make a difference in the political process and instead have been double-crossed by sleazy swindlers selling snake oil much in the same way that people giving to the Clinton Foundation thought it was a “charity.”
To neuter the scams and increase political freedom in America, Senators Ted Cruz and Mark Meadows , both Republicans, introduced on Wednesday the “SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2017,” which will eliminate the need for SuperPACs by making them obsolete because individual contribution limits would be lifted but would require immediate disclosure for the public.
“Another election cycle has come and gone without addressing a glaring issue that remains significant: free speech and transparency in campaign finance,” Sen. Cruz said.
Cruz called the current campaign finance system “absurd” and that it’s restrictions are actually having the exact opposite effect than what is intended:
“Our current campaign finance system is absurd. Right now, a large percentage—sometimes a majority—of campaign expenditures are made by independent third-party SuperPACs that are prohibited from communicating with candidates. That makes no sense. Candidates should define their own messages, and citizens should be free to support whatever candidates they choose to support. Restrictions to political contributions are always presented under the guise of preventing corruption and holding politicians accountable, when in fact, they accomplish exactly the opposite: protecting incumbent politicians.
This bill will put Americans on a level playing field with the media and politicians when it comes to influencing elections and exercising our First Amendment rights. Establishing unlimited contributions paired with immediate disclosure is the best way to promote transparency, eliminate the viability of SuperPACs going forward, and ensure that free speech is protected in the electoral process. I’m proud to work alongside Rep. Meadows to shed light on the political arena and advance this important legislation.”
“I am pleased to join my friend Sen. Cruz in a fight that I believe is critical for all Americans – the fight to ensure that individual citizens have an adequate say in our political process,” Rep. Mark Meadows said. “Too often, our government uses campaign finance laws as a backdoor to increasing their own electoral influence while weakening that of the average American on Main Street.”
The North Carolina congressman said that passage of the “SuperPAC Elimination Act” would have the effect of “putting everyday Americans on a level playing field with bureaucrats in Washington.”
“This is a bill that will take comprehensive steps to promote engagement, accountability, and transparency in our campaign finance system while putting every day Americans on a level playing field with bureaucrats in Washington. I look forward to working with Sen. Cruz and my colleagues in the House to advance this bill and to reaffirming the critical principle of free speech within our political system.”
Con artists in Washington, D.C. and Democrats will no doubt be against the proposal. However, the bill seems to be something principled conservatives and libertarians should be able to get behind. You’re never going to get the money out of politics and individuals in a free society shouldn’t be limited by artificial restrictions established to make politicians look like they’re against corruption.
And if the contributions are immediately disclosed, the public can easily see who is bought and paid for and by whom.