The high cost of elections is distorting and corrupting our political system. In 1988 it cost on average $3.7 million to win a seat in the U.S. Senate. Candidates are turning more and more to wealthy contributors and special interest political action committees (PACs) to finance their expensive campaigns. The result is special contributors have undue influence on legislation.
The U.S. Senate is currently considering campaign finance reform legislation. A bipartisan panel of experts convened by Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and Minority Leader Bob Dole recently recommended a form of spending limits for Senate campaigns.
We should encourage Senators Moynihan and D'Amato to announce their support of campaign spending limits and to work for a bipartisan agreement for effective campaign reform legislation.
HUGO S. RADT