JIM HIGHTOWER -- 07/08/96
Frank McConnell is not a household name, but he's an American
hero to me because he's what America is all about: ordinary
folks, willing to confront the powerful.
Frank's just a citizen who attended a public meeting one year ago
in New Hampshire that featured Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich
together, answering questions from the audience. McConnell made
national news that day, because he asked Clinton and Gingrich to
stop the bickering and start cleaning up Washington by stopping
big-money campaign contributions from corrupting our political
and legislative process. Right then and there, our two most
powerful political leaders pledged that they would make a
bi-partisan effort to pass a genuine campaign finance reform
bill. Then they shook hands on the deal, for all America to see.
That handshake was such a moment of promise and hope that the
whole audience burst into cheers.
A year later, the cheers have died. And so has campaign finance
reform. Where did these two guys go, Gingrich and Clinton, who
gave America their word?
Well of course, suckers! They took your applause and went right
out on the campaign fund-raising trail where they've been raising
hundreds of millions of dollars from the exact same political
interests that Frank McConnell complained about at that town
meeting! Indeed, on the first anniversary of that handshake,
Newt Gingrich and the Republicans held a high-dollar dinner that
pulled in $8 million from corporate lobbyists and fat cats. And
President Clinton travelled to Las Vegas and California to rake
in the big bucks from some of the wealthiest people in America.
Together, Gingrich and Clinton have raised more special interest
money in the past year than anyone at any time in U.S. history.
This is Jim Hightower saying, getting corrupt money out of
politics won't be done by the politicians but by people like us!
If you're fed up and want to help, call Center for Responsive
Politics -- 202-857-0044.