Congress: Nobody Here But Us Hypocrites

Nobody Here But Us Hypocrites

"We're going to stand indicted as hypocrites across this country if we don't address this," Oklahoma Democrat David Boren heatedly told the Senate last week. Soon afterward, his colleagues deftly avoided the issue at hand. By a vote of 84 to 7, the Senate agreed merely to study congressional campaign financing by special-interest political-action committees, or PACs. In so doing, the upper chamber dodged a proposal by Boren and Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater for severe restrictions on PAC contributions, which totaled $105.3 million in last year's congressional races.

By hamstringing the PACs, Congressmen would be denying themselves a heavy advantage that...

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