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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Sunday, October 21, 2007 :::

Taranto makes a point about campaign contribution limits:
Reading the story, one suspects--although the Times never raises the possibility, and offers no direct evidence that this is the case--that one or more contributors are evading the $2,300 donation limit by either giving money under phony names or laundering contributions through busboys and others who would not normally make political contributions.

If this is the case, it is an example of how campaign finance restrictions create incentives for corruption. (Mrs. Clinton voted for the McCain-Feingold law in 2001.) If the law allowed unlimited contributions but required full disclosure, we would know who was giving money to Mrs. Clinton. As it is, it appears as though some party or parties are doing so corruptly.

And even if this is all on the up-and-up, because of campaign finance restrictions, Mrs. Clinton is burdened with the appearance of corruption. Though to be fair, there may be no legal regime that can prevent that.

::: posted by Steven at 3:54 PM

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