Congress and the Corrupt Lobbyist

By Tom Miller, Letter to the Editor

The rise of Jack Abramoff, and those who rose with him ("Tremors Across the Capital," news analysis, front page, Jan. 4), is the natural result of a political system that operates under the myth that campaign contributions do not influence politicians in desperate need of cash.

Public financing of campaigns is the only way to escape this make-believe, Alice-in-Wonderland political world.

The citizens of Maine, Arizona and recently Connecticut have seen the light, and it's high time that the rest of us did as well and remove the money changers from the temple of democracy.

Tom Miller
Oakland, Calif., Jan. 4, 2006

See the article on New York Times website

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