September 28, 2007

Government in the Sunshine

In the Florida state legislature, and later in the U.S Senate, Lawton Chiles fought for "government in the sunshine" laws to open more and more government meetings up to public scrutiny.

While Florida governor, he fought for limits on campaign contributions and public financing of state elections.

Thanks to public financing, he raised enough money to compete and win an upset re-election to the governorship against Republican Jeb Bush in 1994.

Jeb Bush called the financing "welfare." Most Floridians saw different. Chiles won in a walk.

Now, John Edwards (D), on a presidential level, seeks public financing.
We'll see how Americans feel about that. Whether billion dollar presidential elections are what we want.

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