AMERICAN NOTES: Rich Man, Poor Man

A Washington public-interest lobby called the Center for Public Financing of Elections recently asked all 27 U.S. Senators facing re-election this year how they propose to conduct the fund raising for their campaigns. Twenty-three Watergate-wise Senators—some of modest means, others of considerable personal wealth—said they will make full public disclosure of all campaign receipts and expenditures. Sixteen said they will limit cash donations to $100 or less. They will, of course, take larger donations made by check, but twelve reported they will accept no gift larger than $3,000, which is the limit that the Senate imposed both...