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Buying A Voice: RNC Chair hammers campaign finance laws

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The Republican National Committee (RNC) will be one of the biggest spenders in the fall elections, and they have already started spending on television ads in Virginia. One of those ads attacked President Obama's healthcare reform law.

The ad aired in March in several key battleground states, like Virginia. The RNC's Chairman Reince Priebus said ads like this cost big bucks, but they are necessary to winning elections.

"Keeping money out of politics is almost impossible," Priebus said.

He would know, raising money is one of the core functions of the RNC, and the relatively new chairman has done well. The RNC raised $110 million in the last 15 months. Preibus has also helped to cut the RNCcs debt load to just over $11 million.

Every single dime that comes in and out is closely tracked by the federal election commission.

"Every stamp that we buy, every dollar that we send out, we disclose with specificity to the American people every month," Priebus explained.

But the same can't be said for the monster SuperPacs, who have been raising millions of dollars, with very little accountability. While many benefit right leaning causes, Priebus admits it's a problem.

"I would agree that the campaign finance laws in this country are a complete disaster," he said.  

But while many democrats argue that finance laws need to be tightened, the RNC chairman believes exactly the opposite.

"By putting up all these fences and all these walls that the legislature has tried to do over the years, it hasn't made anything easier," he said.  "It's just made it more complicated."

And while everyone agrees the cash is a problem, no one appears to have a solution.

We've posted the FEC report for the RNC so you can see for yourself where they are getting their money. Just got to our political blog, Decision Virginia.

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