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October 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Federal election campaigns need limits

Potential influence gained by large campaign contributions

After striking down campaign-donation limits on corporations in the Citizen United case, the U.S. Supreme Court has before it a case that seeks to strike down an overall cap on how much individuals can give to campaigns in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission.

Sound judgment and discernment suggest without some reasonable limits we run a greater risk of compromising the integrity of our elected officials.

In fact, why not put limits on how much each candidate may spend on elections, with specific limits for each office?

To help reduce campaign costs, let’s shorten significantly the length of the campaigns for the president and Congress. Three, or even two months is long enough for campaigns for the Senate and House of Representatives. Six, or even four months, is long enough for presidential campaigns.

Public television can provide a no cost vehicle for televised debates in these elections.

Finally, let’s address the right of Congress to set campaign limits on corporations and individuals, with a constitutional amendment.

Let’s address these enormous campaign costs and the potential for influence gained by large campaign contributions with wise and sound legislation.

Milton C. Smith, Seattle

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