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Yesterday, Flyers Placed On Your Windshield. Today, Google Text Ads

Posted by: Jon Fine on October 22, 2007

Mickey Kaus annotates an example of using a newish channel to smear dirt on political opponents, and how said example increasingly demonstrates the futility of some campaign finance reform efforts.

At first blush, his point sounds persuasive. Or am I wrong?

Reader Comments


October 22, 2007 3:34 PM

While I like the sound of campaign finance reform, but honestly, really, aren't we all smart enough to work around it? And don't we all have one or two friends who will repeat talking points as if they're their own opinions? If I worked for a campaign I'd ask supporters to write all kinds of emails to forward around that make my point and hope that a few of them will be sent around to hundreds of people. On the web, such expectations are almost impossible to meet.


October 23, 2007 10:28 AM

I'd say history proves him right so far.
All attempts at "cleaning up the system" have just led people to find clever ways around the reforms.
That's why you hear that "the only way to clean up the system is through federally financed campaigns."
But that won't work either because of that pesky thing called the first amendment. You'll never stop the Google type efforts, never shut down talk radio, never stop the rich person who has a political interest from spending their own money (Soros, Scaife/Mellon, Perot).
How on earth can we expect that in a society where money decides most everything, that politics would be the one exception? It's just part of the turf, for better and worse.

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