Public financing of campaigns won't help

November 30, 2011

Once again, The Sun urges the institution of public campaign financing, implying that if such a plan were instituted, private campaign contributions would disappear and we'd all live happily ever after ("Appearance of conflict," Nov. 29). Nothing could be further from the truth.

For one thing, there is that pesky First Amendment. For another, as our president demonstrated in his 2008 campaign, if you have enough private contributions, you can finance a campaign very nicely without utilizing public financing. At a time when government spending at all levels of government is out of control, it is foolhardy to encourage a new spending initiative that won't solve a perceived problem.

Bob Price, Lutherville

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