Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 09:25 a.m.
The demand for campaign finance reform in San Bernardino County has reared its head once again.
And politically-motivated calls for campaign contribution limits has re-emerged.
While placing direct campaign contribution limits on candidate-controlled or officeholder committees of county-elected officials may have some merit, it will acomplish little else.
Some people and newspapers seem to be ignoring, or are oblivious to, U.S. Supreme Court decisions upholding the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
In particular, the right of the people to political free speech.
Specifically, the Supreme Court cases ban limits on contributions and expenditures of political action committees, otherwise refered to as PAC’s.
Ultimately, placing contribution limits on candidate or officeholder committes would more than likely further increase the proliferation of the very same independent committees that critics decry.
While all the drum beating makes for good drama and ego-building, it will accomplice little else.