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Gadfly 60
Submitted to the Warrensburg Gazette for September 14, 2000

The Gadfly is a series of letters offering commentary on local issues and published in the Warrensburg Gazette.

Dear Editor

The humor of the Reform Party dispute over who is the real nominee (entitled to lots of taxpayer money for the campaign) is tempered by the possibility that something similar could happen right here in Missouri - if voters this November pass the so-called “Fair Elections initiative” on public financing of elections.

This initiative would apply to candidates for state legislative positions and candidates for state-wide office and congress. Candidates would have to raise a specified amount of $5 contributions and promise not to accept any more money (except from the state). Tax subsidies would range from $15,000 for State Representative to $1 million for Governor, and they could get the money twice, for both the primary and the general election.

I have several objections to public financing in general and this scheme in particular.

Given the chance, I’d vote “not no but H_ _ _ NO” on this one. You can read it at

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