op-ed column by School of Communications faculty member John Guiniven
headlined "The High Cost of Political Campaigns" ran in
the Sept. 5 edition of the Greensboro News & Record. As a former
aide to U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., in the 1970s, Guiniven was
involved in the formulation of campaign-finance reform legislation.
that more than $2 million per day has been flowing into the political
campaign coffers of the Democrats and Republicans over the past
year, despite the McCain-Feingold campaign reform act. He details
increases in campaign financing, gives a brief historic overview
of the discussion and enactment of reforms that began back in the
1970s and explains the creation of the Federal Election Commission
which, he says, "basically legalized the existing system that
had run amok," adding, "Let's have no more campaign-finance
reform. We can't afford it."
corporate contributors, condemns the "truncated primary system
that discourages challengers" and the system of debates that
work "against the principles of democracy."
by saying: "Perhaps before we spend too much effort and fortune
exporting American democracy to the corners of the globe, we should
assure the quality of the product here at home."