Dear Editor: I agree strongly with the points made by letter-writer Mark Neumann criticizing the attempt by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to limit participants in Wisconsin primary election televised debates based on size of their campaign funding. Everyone understands that the massive campaign funds, largely provided by wealthy donors and often anonymous PACs, is a bonanza to the media and WBA. Unlimited "money" and huge campaign budgets promote the ugly battles between candidates and their supporters.
This reality is especially important in the crowded Democratic Wisconsin primary election. It is not accidental that one strong candidate, with much popular support, has taken the position that he would not accept large or anonymous contributions, and would be eliminated by the WBA "rules." Mike McCabe has chosen to rely entirely on small donor "crowd funding" that is enough to support his effort to personally meet and listen to active citizens statewide, who are willing to participate in recovering small "d" democracy in our state.
I expect the Wisconsin Democratic Party to resist the effort to make "money" rather competence and program proposals, the most powerful force in choosing our leaders, locally, statewide or nationally. The money and media strategy hasn’t worked to elect the best candidate in recent elections, and will not work and should not work in the future. I am very glad that the WBA has canceled the proposed debate. It is important that all voices are given respect, when deserved.
Marc F. Hansen
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