Thursday, April 14, 2005

Too Few Rich, Too Little Sway

According to Texans for Public Justice, 57% of all campaign contributions in 2002 were $25,000 or greater. 76% were $5,000 or greater.

"There is a question of how much good government any one person should be able to buy," testified Tom "Smitty" Smith on San Antonio Dem. Rep. Mike Villarreal's House Bill 1104. The bill caps individual campaign contributions at $100,000 per cycle. Smitty just finished his testimony in the Subcommittee on Campaign Finance chaired by Bryan Hughes. Although Villarreal's bill is clearly meritorious, the crowd here, waiting for testimony on HB 1348, the comprehensive campaingn finance reform by Rep. Craig Eiland (D-Galveston), appears largely unmoved. They know that while Eiland's bill may be a long shot, Villarreal's bill, which would cut off much of the GOP's funding, is a long, long, long shot.