December 06, 2006

Campaign Finance Reform Now

This is exactly why campaign finance reform is needed in Bermuda.

Both parties are too short-sighted and worried about their immediate prospects to tackle an issue like this that affects them so directly.

Foreign political fund-raising is the worst end of the spectrum, but you've got to be willing to risk something and sacrifice something here for a bigger cause.

I agree with Wayne that donations would dry up if people's names were made public in such a small place as here, but that's probably a good thing and why public financing is probably the answer (although it has it's issues as well).

However you cut it there is an appearance that people would expect something in return.

Wayne Furbert could have totally embraced the concept, regardless of whether he agreed or not, and let the PLP stand alone to reject it. Instead he was honest. Something we don't expect from politicians. Maybe a bad political move, but honest - although short-sighted in my opinion.

We need to look at the bigger picture. We need to get money out of our politics.

Posted by Christian S. Dunleavy