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Mississippi: campaign finance reform "as weak as water"

AP reports: A campaign-finance bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday is "weak as water," Secretary of State Eric Clark says.

But, Senate Elections Committee Chairman Terry Burton says the bill proposes important changes without making rules that are too complicated for candidates to follow.

"Some people say this doesn't go far enough," said Burton, R-Newton. "Well, we don't want to get to the point where you have to hire a CPA and a lawyer to run for office in this state."

The bill would increase the amount of money corporations could give to candidates, but it doesn't address questions about "soft money" flowing into Mississippi elections from special interest groups. -- AP Wire | 02/08/2005 | Secretary of state says Senate campaign bill is 'weak'

Maybe having every candidate "lawyer up" would be a good idea.