10 Questions for Barney Frank

Retiring but not shy, Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank on money, the military and the laws that got away

Eli Meir Kaplan

You're retiring partly because changes in campaign-finance laws mean you have to raise more money. Isn't money a form of speech?

No. When you equate money with speech, you're giving some people the right to speak a hundred, a thousand, a million times more than other people. The equality principle gets eroded.

Why did Wall Street execs give you money even though you tried to impose more-stringent regulations on banks?

Well, one, they gave me less money in 2010, once it became clear that I was serious with this. Two, some people on Wall Street understand the need for sensible reform.


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