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John Cornyn Open to Campaign Finance Reform

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call
National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn said campaign finance rules could be simplified, but he called a previous reform measure a failure.

Of course, none of this is to say that Cornyn's time at the NRSC has been a failure, or that it would be even if the GOP does not reclaim the Senate majority. Cornyn cut the fundraising gap between the NRSC and the DSCC from $70 million in 2008 to $12 million in 2010 and is on track to raise 20 percent more this cycle than he did last cycle.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a co-sponsor of the original landmark campaign finance bill, believes change won't happen until a scandal rocks the system.

"I think that the flood of money, because of the Citizens United case, has destroyed the whole political system as we know it so I think we have got to go back. There will be scandals and then there will be reform," McCain said. "That's the history of the United States of America. ... Nothing is going to happen until the scandals take place."

Editors Note: The online version of this story has been updated from the print version.

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