Gregg Harper Should Work to Improve--Not Eliminate--Presidential Public Financing

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“you know, if it wasn't for special-interest groups coming to see us, we wouldn't have anything to do.”

That's a quote from Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) at the 2009 hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill that would bring a small-dollar matching system to Congress. Now Rep. Harper is leading an effort to eliminate the presidential public financing system.

Public Campaign Action Fund (PCAF) issued a press release today on Rep. Harper's effort to defund the presidential public financing system.

From the press release: “The people of Mississippi want politicians that represent them, not Washington special interests,” said PCAF's David Donnelly. “With so much money flooding into our elections, the last thing Harper should be doing is pushing legislation to make it even easier to buy our politicians.”

In fact, Harper and his colleagues in Congress should be doing just the opposite of what he's proposing. They should be working to improve the presidential system, and pushing for the Fair Elections Now Act. Maybe then they'd listen to their constituents, and not the big money interests who write campaign checks.