State House Candidate, and former candidate for US Senate Larry Rhoden has an opinion piece out in the Rapid City Journal today explaining to the voters why taking tax dollars for private campaigns is just a dumb idea:
They say that you can learn as much by what people don’t say as by what they do say.
That certainly applies to the proponents of Initiated Measure 22, who have been very quiet about how the measure would force taxpayers to fund political campaigns.
While most people share their concerns with corruption and transparency, dumping taxpayer money into political campaigns is not the answer. In fact, if anything taxpayer money opens up new opportunities for corruption. That has been the case in multiple states that have ventured down this road.
In Arizona, a candidate spent over $100,000 in public funds on parties and restaurants. After being caught, he was ordered to pay back all the funds but only returned $15,000. In Maine, the Green Party ran a candidate merely to get access to public funds. In NYC, candidates gave public funds to a for-profit company to evade contribution limits.
Perhaps this is why proponents of Measure 22 don’t talk so much about the Democracy credit program — they know they don’t have good answers for it.
Wise words indeed.