Sun moves on to shocking naïveté
In a rant about the alleged benefits of socialized campaign funding, the Sun pulls out this one:
Under legislation expected to be introduced soon in Annapolis, the program would be entirely voluntary. Candidates would qualify by raising initial seed money and then receive $40,000 to $50,000. The program would be financed chiefly by a $9 million annual withdrawal from the state’s abandoned property account.
Is it a perfect solution? Probably not. But it’s better than anything else yet devised. While spending government dollars on political ads may give some people pause, it’s a clear-cut bargain if it promotes a better and more ethical legislature.
As I have noted before, given Maryland’s historical problem with corruption, anybody who believes that socialized campaign funding is going to eliminate corruption in state government is either naïve, ignorant, or stupid. Take your pick.