Gore: Money Will Dominate Campaigns As Long As TV Ads Effective

Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Vice President Al Gore says the rapid expansion of information flow on the internet could ultimately change the future of campaign finance.

But Gore told a media conference Tuesday night at Middle Tennessee State University the 30-second TV ad isn't going away anytime soon.

Gore says the hunger for ever-increasing campaign funds comes from the cost of political TV ads, noting Congressional candidates in competitive races spent three-quarters of their campaign funds on TV spots in the last election.

He says any laws reducing campaign spending are likely to create a vacuum into which interest groups pump more money in support of candidates.

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