"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

WA Senate, outside spending

Candidate campaign treasuries are being matched and even swamped by the outside money pouring into campaigns.

Look at this page from the Center for Responsive Politics, on outside money in the Washington race for U.S. Senate:

Bottom line … On Democrat Patty Murray, $7.3 million spent, of which $5.7 million was in opposition in and $285,497 in favor. On Republican Dino Rossi, a total of $4,097,532, with $758,117 in favor of him, and $3,339,415 against him.

Which has the net effect, among other thing, of making our politics even uglier than it already is. Wonderful.

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