ART, Why allow "special interests" to lobby? Perhaps it has something to do with the First Amendment, you know one of those portions in black and white that liberals don't pay much attention to. But don't despair. The Supreme Court has already decided in its infinite wisdom that nude dancing is entitled to greater First Amendment protection than political speech, which previously had been assumed to be a "core" First Amendment protection by evidently misguided Constitutional scholars. I guess they just lacked the brainpower of a Sandra Day O'Connor and David Souter. BTW, would you outlaw all special interests or just the ones you dislike? Because the facts are that labor unions are the biggest contributors of both money and in kind help. All those rich environmental groups are no slouches either, and those liberated Judiciary Committee memo's show that the hard Left activists are pretty darn effective, especially when working in secret with Senators like Kennedy, Leahy and Schumer. I think candidate Kerry would be an excellent person to lead the drive to get rid of special interests. As the number one recipient of special interest money in the Senate over his 19 year career, he certainly has the experience. And since he has the most liberal voting record in the Senate in the most recent tally, he is living proof that not all special interests are Republican.