Money doesn't matter

By AL DIAMON  |  June 13, 2013

In Scarborough, sinister forces backing Republican state Representative Heather Sirocki outmaneuvered Democratic strategists by spending $13,000 less than her opponent's outside supporters to win another term. If this strategy becomes commonplace, it may soon result in unregulated spending being reduced to nothing.

Before you dismiss Sirocki's win as a fluke, please note that in two of the three most expensive state Senate races last year, the winner received less financial backing from independent groups than did the loser. In fact, supporters of GOP incumbent Garrett Mason of Lisbon Falls were swamped three-to-one by pals of his unsuccessful Democratic challenger.

This can only be attributed to voters being blinded to the barrage of attack ads by a perverse sense that they agreed with Mason.

Clearly, reforms are needed.

First, we need legislation banning that most invasive of special interests: personal beliefs.

Next, we must stop candidates from informing citizens about where they stand on issues.

And finally, we should prevent anyone who plans to support the party he or she belongs to from casting a ballot. Obviously, such voters are no more than tools of the special interests they agree with.

Once that's accomplished, we'll have a government free of outside influences.

Also known as a dictatorship.

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