The McCain-Feingold Bill
Is the campaign finance system an important issue or just another made up problem. Well,
it is an important issue and must be dealt with. Many groups have tried to set up
proposals to alleviate the increase spending on campaigns. The latest shot was introduced
by Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Senator Russell D. Feingold,
Democrat of Wisconsin called the McCain-Feingold Bill. This bill was oriented to stop
the influences of money in politics.
The bill was focusing on banning “soft money” which is the unregulated and
unlimited donations which are given by private investors and persons to the different
political parties. The intention is a good one, one that would help the common man run
for office not having the millions of dollars needed for running. These campaign finance
advocates have been awaiting a surge of public demand for change for quite some time but
with no avail. A poll was taken on October 8-10 of 976 adults, 60 percent said
overhauling campaign finance law should be a low priority or not a priority at all, while 39
percent rated the issue as either a high priority or the most important issue before congers
(Doherty, 2507). This clearly expresses that the public is not outcrying for reform.
As the cliché goes, money also is the “mother’s milk of politics”, shows the heavy
involvement of money as a deciding factor in politics. This is a view by many who support
the McCain-Feingold Bill. McCain said that he introduced this bill because he believes
“the system is broken” and “the influence of money in politics inordinately affects
legislation.” This again brings us back to the cliché that money is the “mothers milk of
This bill is supported primarily by Democrats and one Republican, which is ironic
because Senator John McCain is a Republican. HE feels that it is his duty to convince his
fellow Republicans to help his reform.
One particular oppositionist is Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky who says “If
I’m correct and there’s no consensus on the...