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June 01, 2012


Did Edwards Mistrial Open Door to More Secret Money?

David Frum: "The Edwards deadlock sets an effective new rule: candidates can raise vast sums of money, undisclosed, outside the campaign finance system, to conceal election-losing secrets without fear of legal consequence. The more intimate and personal the secret is -- the more 'personal' it becomes -- and therefore the more immune to legal scrutiny. This is surely perverse."

"We've opened the way to a back-door method of secret influence by wealthy individuals -- and done it at a time when wealth is concentrating in this country as it has not concentrated since the 1920s."

However, Rick Hasen tells the New York Times he disagrees: "This is not going to open up a free-for-all where you're going to have the 'super-PAC' billionaires giving large 'gifts' to their candidate friends."














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