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#3951: Re: Campaign Reform in Haiti (fwd)

From: kevin pina <cariborganics@hotmail.com>

It is time to call for end to US patronage and funding of political parties 
in Haiti. Let the opposition play by the same rules of the game as Lavalas 
which has not been offered, nor received, financial assistance for its party 
apparatus and election campaign.

Campaign finance reform and reducing the influence of powerful lobbying 
interests has been a much touted goal of both republicans and democrats in 
the United States.  It is time they applied the same in the case of Haiti 
where political patronage at best is certain to be construed as interference 
in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation and at worst damaging to a 
fair democratic process.

Barring a shift in US policy in the near future, political parties in Haiti 
should at minimum be required to fully disclose the sources of their 
campaign funds as are political parties in the United States. What's good 
for the goose should be good for the gander.

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