Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
Noted author Hedrick Smith hosts Campaign Finance: Abuses and Reforms, a look at the failed attempts during the 1980s and early '90s to pass any meaningful campaign finance reform laws. He talks about "soft money" and how it's used to circumvent the law as he visits with Senator John McCain, Bill Bradley, and Jack Kemp. Smith also visits Florida where he looks at how "soft money" helps the sugarcane farmers obtain legislation that favors them. During the last segment of the show, Smith journeys to Maine to inquire about a public-funding bill and learn how it will impact government in the future.