Sunday, January 4, 2015

Prof. Carol M. Swain ― Campaign Finance Sentencing Disparities

Carol Swain, a conservative law and political science professor at Vanderbilt University in Tenn, writes about the problems she sees with campaign finance.

Justice is not blind and the world is not fair. We see this in the political world where on some issues Republicans who run afoul of the law seem to get stiffer punishment than Democrats. This is especially true for those who give big bucks to the political campaigns of Democratic incumbents. Many Americans were shocked when in September documentarian Dinesh D’Souza was sentenced to eight months in a San Diego community confinement center for “therapeutic counseling” and five years’ probation, and he was fined $30,000. All this for what? For pleading guilty to illegally donating $20,000 of his own money through straw donors to help fund a college friend’s political campaign. 

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