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Big Campaign Cash is a Symptom of Big Government

Recorded on July 7, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Money and politics go together. Whether it be national defense or social welfare programs, government costs money.

This year's Presidential race may cost two billion dollars. Those who want things from government pour a fortune into the political system to get those things. Those who want government to leave them alone pour a fortune into the political system trying to defend themselves.

This last three months, President Obama raised $71-million toward his re-election, his best quarter ever. Yet Mitt Romney raised even more, $106-million, during those three months.

When you combine them with the dropped-out candidates, huge labor union involvement, plus SuperPAC's involved in the Presidential race, total spending is already over half a billion dollars, with the biggest four months yet to go.

It's not just a symptom of special interests; big government generates big and expensive campaigns.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.