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#3951: Re: Campaign Reform in Haiti (fwd)
From: kevin pina <email@example.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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