Wednesday, April 02, 2014


It isn't that I think the latest Supremo ruling is a good thing or makes any sense, but I really don't get that upset about campaign finance-related stuff. It isn't that I don't think the money/politics thing is a problem - it is! - but I'm honestly not sure what to do about it legally. Campaign Finance laws have always just been a game of whack-a-mole. Shut down one avenue for contributions, and another one opens up. And while donating money=speech is stupid, ultimately efforts to win the whack-a-mole game do start limiting speech.

Direct donations to federal candidate campaigns are just a tiny part of the money in politics problem. We should cheer that disclosure requirements remain, but I don't think there any obvious legislative fixes to the broader problem, at least within the framework of campaign finance laws.

Some people have too much goddamn money. That's really the problem.