Mr. Bye opened the new year writing about his hope that the 2014 election campaigns would be “made up of fair and open exchanges and presentations of contrasting candidates and contentions.” Presumably, Mr. Bye’s own contributions to the discussion would abide by that request.
But, instead, in “The Rest of the Story,” Jan. 9 Echo Journal, he gives his very one-sided, and lop-sided, perspective of the financing of Minnesota political campaigns.
Before launching any further into his presentation, I ask Mr. Bye to first inform himself about the financial contributions to Sen. Al Franken, who also represents Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, and who did have a direct role in passing “Obamacare,” made by his mega-rich show business friends from Hollywood and New York.
In like manner, he needs to inform himself about the contributions to the effort to recall Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker made by political action funds of national labor unions as well as from other outsiders.
Finally, he may wish to research whether and how much of the dollars of billionaire George Soros, not a Minnesotan, found their way directly or indirectly into the campaign coffers of Sens. Franken, Klobuchar and maybe even Congressman Nolan.
Only after all of the facts impacting campaign finance are fully and fairly represented by Mr. Bye can a meaningful debate be held with regard to his conclusion.