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Political Momentum Only YOU can prevent forest fires This famous quote by Smokey the Bear is a statement that essentially defines momentum Momentum in the case of forest fires is detrimental momentum Weve all seen the commercial the bright red Ferrari driving down the road flicking a cigarette out the window It rolls onto a pile of dry leaves and suddenly the leaf is smoking Oh no The leaves have caught fire and it is spreading to a nearby tree Soon nearby trees have caught fire and thus the momentum that results in a forest fire of gigantic proportions begins from a single spark Such is the case with recent interest in campaign finance reform Only the momentum it has gained in recent months is anything but detrimental So to answer the question WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF MEANINGFUL CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS My answer is that the chances of this are slim to none however this answer is somewhat incomplete Allow me to expand upon this by first citing past evidence of questionable campaign fund raisers Second I will use the examples to explain WHY we need a reform And finally I will describe how the recent take off on this large issue has ensured its eventual resolution First allow me to cite examples of corrupt campaign financing The campaiging business is not a cheap enterprise The money that is required to publish and distribute phamplets hire campaign workers and buy airtime from the media is enourmous It has always been a concern of candidates of major elections More recently however has such a controversy surfaces Allow me to use this as an example According to the Sep 29th 1997 issure of Time in 1995 and 1996 videotapes were made of presedential coffees with Asian executives personal donors and business owners A total of 103 coffees for the Democrats equals 27 million dollars for their fund raisers There
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