A movement, fueled in recent decades by political candidates' increasing dependence on expensive television advertisements, to restrict the amount of money that individuals and interest groups can contribute to political campaigns. Although limits have been placed on individual contributions, a loophole has been left for political action committees. Both parties pay lip service to the principle of campaign finance reform, but neither fully supports it. Some liberals see it as the best way to secure the independence of politicians from moneyed interests; some conservatives view it as a threat to freedom of speech.
There has been no greater foe of campaign finance reform than Mitch McConnell over the years.
Meanwhile John McCain, long a champion of campaign finance reform, stayed in the system.
“Both are pretty strong for campaign finance reform,” Kerrey says.
With Mitch McConnell soon to be in charge, look for the Senate to become the locus of attacks on campaign finance reform.
Teachout says that as governor, she would be “a dog on a bone” about campaign finance reform.
“campaign finance reform is not, has never been, and should never be a function of the SEC,” according to Holmes.
It is through this lens that Takei is offering his support for campaign finance reform.