A Deepening Cesspool Of Politics And Cash

Reform is dead, the public is numb, and anything goes

It was supposed to be a 1990s sequel to the Jimmy Stewart classic: Ms. Smith Goes to Washington. When Representative Linda Smith (R-Wash.) was elected to Congress in 1994, she vowed to clean up the cesspool of money and politics. Twenty months later, with congressional attempts at political reform collapsing and both parties carving huge new loopholes into campaignfinance laws, she has thrown up her hands. "You can't break the grip of special interests if you leave the money faucet flowing," she huffs.

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