Harry Reid: Dialing for Dollars

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 21:38:04 +0000

Back in September, I made a modest proposal to get the corrupting money out of politics: ban donations from any person who is not a voter in the election.  Carol D. Leonnig and T.W. Farnam of The Washington Post give us a reason to update our thinking, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

The senator began dialing old and new friends around the country, asking for their help. Many of them had one thing in common: They had a financial stake in legislation that Reid, as the most powerful member of the Senate, helps control.

One of the calls Reid placed seeking cash was to trial lawyer John Morgan. At a March party held at his home near Orlando, Morgan raised about $96,000 for Reid's reelection battle.

I'd like to augment the modest proposal with the following restriction, in a perhaps futile attempt to play whack-a-mole with this bribery. <!--break--> Elected officials and candidates for elected office should be prohibited from appearing at a fundraising event, whether for their own campaign or the host organization, other than those in the district they will represent.

For more on getting the corrupting money out of politics, see this more recent post.