ON-Lion Letter
The American people believe political contributions should be disclosed, but don't actually use the information themselves, they dislike seeing tax dollars used to fund campaigns, and they think that the current $2,500 federal limit on individual campaign contributions could be quadrupled without increasing government corruption. 

These were among the findings of a poll of more than 55,000 Americans as part of the 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study and reviewed in Public Perception & the "Appearance of Corruption" in Campaign Finance, released in mid-December by the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) in Alexandria, Va.

"We found when asked what individual contribution limit reached a level they considered corrupting, the most frequent response was $10,000," said CCP researcher Jason Farrell.  "This value is four times larger than what current federal law allows.  The limit is out of step with what Americans view as corrupting."

In addition to contribution limits, the survey asked respondents about their views on disclosure regulation.

"People tended to be tolerant or approving of disclosure laws in roughly the same proportion whether they donated to political campaigns or not," said Farrell.  "But what was particularly interesting was that it seems that while the general public appreciates the idea of disclosure as a deterrent to corrupt activity, they tend not to use it themselves when making personal political choices."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CCP.
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