Should Barbados Have Campaign Finance Laws?
Or more correctly put: should COW Williams be able to donate as much as desired to any one candidate and skew the election by virtue of big money?
Dennis Morrison of The Jamaica Observer makes some good points about Jamaica’s campaign money problems in his article “PM Must Enact Campaign Finance Law“. Substitute the word “Barbados” for “Jamaica” and throw in a few of our corruption scandals instead of Jamaica’s, and you could easily print the article in The Nation News.
Except, of course, The Nation News wouldn’t print such an article as it might offend the government.
Here is an excerpt from The Jamaica Observer…
“One gap in Jamaica’s legislative framework, which would be seen as a big negative, is the absence of rules governing campaign financing. Societies that lack transparency in this matter are perceived as being highly susceptible to public sector corruption. The Trafigura affair reminded us that not only do we not have any rules and that there is total lack of transparency in this matter, but we have no position as to whether political contributions by foreigners are legal or illegal. In short, a key element of our democracy is operating without rules with respect to its funding.”
… Read the whole article at The Jamaica Observer (link here).