The Anchorage Daily News gives us their take on the news that lobbyists are bailing out Rep. Don Young's (R-AK) election campaign with thousands in campaign contributions: "It's sleazy. It's wrong. It makes ordinary citizens cynical and saps their faith in the integrity of their government and the officials who are supposed to represent them." Hey, don't hold back there ADN!
We're pretty much in agreement with that, as well as with the suggestion that Congress should look to Alaska's stricter laws on campaign contributions from lobbyists -- but even better would be for both Alaska and Congress to pass a comprehensive full public financing bill so the question of money's influence on legislators could be addressed in full. Alaska has the opportunity to pass such a law in August by ballot measure.