During an interview with MSNBC yesterday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) claimed that there is no need for limits on campaign donations because “transparency is the answer” to ensuring fair elections:
COBURN: I look at Virginia — they haven’t had any problems with their campaign finance at all for 30 years — and there’s is, there is no limits [on contributions], you just have to publish it. You know, if I have a conflict of interest, and I’m publishing it, that’s going to control me better than any set of rules or regulations. And so, transparency is the answer — not just in campaigns — but in all of government.
Coburn talks a good talk on campaign finance transparency, but when the chips were down, Coburn folded. Earlier this year, the House passed the DISCLOSE Act, which would require disclosure of corporate and union spending on elections. Contrary to his strong words supporting transparency, Coburn joined a GOP filibuster blocking this bill.