Paul Taylor, founder and director of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, was a
newspaper reporter for 25 years. He spent the last 14 at The Washington
Post, where he covered national politics and social issues.
As the U.S. Senate gears up for a vote this spring on the
campaign finance reform
bill drafted by Arizona Republican John McCain and
Wisconsin Democrat Russell Feingold, it would do well to consider a lament from
one of its recent escapees: "Today's campaigns function as collection agencies
for broadcasters," Bill Bradley observed a few years ago. "You simply transfer
money from contributors to television stations."