One of these is campaign finance reform.
Despite the questionnable banner bearers, (see below) this is ultimately a class issue: - which class controls the bourgeois democratic political process.
McCain threatens Senate shutdown over campaign finance
August 6, 2000
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Despite the near absence of the issue as a topic at last
week's Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, campaign finance
reemerged Sunday as an issue of import to the nation's political leaders.
"The U.S. Senate won't proceed next year until we address the issue," Sen. John
McCain, R-Arizona., told NBC's "Meet the Press." "I believe we have enough
friends and comrades that we can force that," he said.
Asked if that means he would close down
the Senate, if need be, he said, "Absolutely."
The former GOP presidential candidate,
whose primary bid was defeated and who
now supports Texas Gov. George W. Bush,
acknowledged that "there is disagreement
between me and Governor Bush" on the
Still, he said, Bush supports "a majority of the reforms. He's for outlawing
corporate and union contributions. He is for full disclosure."
The lavish corporate donations to the GOP evident during the convention are
"clearly another indication of the need for reform," McCain said. "You'll see that
out in Hollywood this week," he added, referring to the Democratic National
Convention, which is slated to open August 14 in Los Angeles.
Also on NBC, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura called campaign finance
reform "and cleaning up what our political process has turned into today" the
most important problems facing the country. "It's all about raising money, who
donates to what," said the member of Minnesota's Independent Party, who
recently left the Reform Party.
Ventura said campaigns should be publicly financed. "That's the one way I'll go
socialist," he said. "Each candidate gets a certain amount of money, and how
they spend it is up to them."