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My friend Damon Circosta, executive director on the N.C. Center for Voter Education, gets an A for effort but an F for persuasiveness.
 
Circosta, according to Under the Dome, says the flap over Governor Perdue’s campaign not reporting some flights is an argument for “voter-owned” (publicly financed) campaigns. http://projects.newsobserver.com/dome#ixzz0yBS20BU0 
 
The logic goes over my head.
 
Why is a candidate taking public funds any less likely to commit a reporting error than a candidate taking individual and PAC contributions?
 
I hope Damon will enlighten me.
 
As I’ve blogged before, I understand that public-financing supporters are well-intentioned – and right to be concerned about corruption in today’s system. But if President Obama had used public financing, he couldn’t have competed in North Carolina.
 
There is a case to be made for public financing. I just down see how this is it.
 
 
 
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dap916
# dap916
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 5:54 PM
I would love to hear your arguments in favor of voter owned elections (I love that phrase....just how many people in the U.S. actually knows what that means, really?

To me...and my libertarian side is coming out here....it would mean just more government involvement and would therefor mean more taxpayer money going into something that the private sector can handle. Now, I am sure that "graft and corruption" and every other 'crooked' word you can dream can be shown as to why the past way we fund elections is bad. But, when you can show me how the government hasn't been eat up with "graft and corruption" throughout our country's history...I'll wait for that to be shown. It would change nothing except to cost taxpayers and cause there to be problem after problem that one candidate or political party got more than some other candidate or political party.

It's just not a good idea...and anyone with half a brain knows it if for no other reason than to realize that government does a horrid job of administrating almost everything it is involved in and seldom does a good job of governing themselves.
Carbine
# Carbine
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 1:30 PM
When restrictions are imposed by government on what citizens can say and how they can say it prior to an election, that's undemocratic, unamerican, and wrong. When government takes my money and gives it to candidates to espouse views with which I disagree, that is equally undemocratic, unamerican, and wrong. The term "voter owned elections" is a term of art designed to fool the gullible into accepting more government control over the political process.

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