Politics: The Shrinking Screen

The cost of campaigning by television and radio can keep men of modest means out of politics (TIME, Sept. 21). Those already in office face astronomical bills at election time and the prospect of instant, overwhelming challenges from rich insurgents. Linking the cause of democracy with that of self-preservation, Congress again demonstrated last week, creates a legislative urge that cannot be denied: the lawmakers at last approved a limitation on electronic campaign spending.

The Senate, despite some Republican grumbling, completed final action on the Political Broadcasting Act of 1970 and sent it to President Nixon. The legislation affects federal offices,...

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