Political Parties Got Less Money, Ran Fewer Attack Ads

Political Parties Got Less Money, Ran Fewer Attack Ads
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's political parties are not the financial powerhouses they once were. And that means voters have seen slightly fewer negative advertisements.
A recent study found that the Missouri Democratic and Republican parties saw some of the nation's sharpest drops in financial contributions after enactment of a 2002 federal campaign finance law.
Other research shows that political parties ran fewer TV ads in Missouri's most recent U.S. Senate race, resulting in fewer attacks against the opposing party's candidate.
That seems to stem from what's commonly known as the McCain-Feingold law, or the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Among other things, the law sought to halt a chain reaction of money transfers that had allowed political parties to skirt federal campaign contribution limits.
But don't get too gleeful about the prospects for a clean 2008 campaign.
The Missouri Republican Party is already running radio ads in select markets attacking Democratic Attorney General Jay Nixon, who is challenging GOP Governor Matt Blunt. And 2008 contains a presidential election, which typically pulls more money into politics.