Roll Call has this story about U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Cornyn says, “I believe we should strengthen the political parties, and that starts with revising the federal fundraising restrictions and coordinated limits on both parties. Anyone who supports more campaign finance transparency should support a strong political party system.”
Under current federal campaign finance laws, political parties are the only organizations that cannot spend unlimited amounts of money on independent expenditures. They are also subject to strict limits on how much money individuals may donate to them, even for activities that do not relate to campaigns for federal office. Cornyn shows his mind-set with his reference to “both” parties, when of course there are more than two political parties in the United States. Thanks to Rick Hasen’s ElectionLawBlog for the link.