Thursday, March 17, 2011

Campaign dollars are hard to track

Their most common complaints:

Contribution caps of $500 for state candidates are unrealistically low. It’s nearly impossible to pay for a statewide campaign that way and it’s too easy to circumvent the limit.

Politicians avoid accountability by using state parties to collect and spend six-figure campaign contributions from corporate donors.

The rise of so-called 501(c)(4) groups, which are corporations that can engage in lobbying and campaigning without having to disclose donors.But before Scott’s case, he spending limit was rarely given a second thought.

The limit has been raised so high — $25 million in 2010 for governor candidates — that it would take a staggering 50,000 donations of $500 to reach it.

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