Essay: NOW IS THE FOR ALL GOOD MEN . . .

An important force in winning political office in the U.S. is green power: the money required to publicize a candidate's views and persuade the voters that he is worthy of governing by their consent. Those who give the cash exercise a vital form of political expression: they provide a basic nourishment of democracy. "Money," says California Democratic Boss Jesse Unruh, "is the mother's milk of politics." Yet Americans remain deeply suspicious of the campaign spending essential to effective elections. They fear that political contributors buy political influence. They know that even the...