John McCaslin

The Federal Election Commission's website (www.fec.gov) has just posted a new version of a presidential campaign-finance map that now includes detailed information on each candidate's campaign expenditures and contributors.

In fact, the upgraded map is so detailed it reveals how campaigns spend their money, including the payee name, purpose, date and amount of each campaign expenditure. The previous map, introduced last June, already provided information about each candidate's state-by-state contribution totals, along with a list of contributors sorted by the first three digits of the donor's ZIP code.

Green and blue

At the forefront of the climate-change debate in Washington -- this week, at least -- is visiting Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, author of a provocative new book on environmental policy titled "Blue Planet in Green Shackles."

"The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the end of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism," the president writes.

Mr. Klaus' first stop yesterday was at the National Press Club, where he was the featured luncheon speaker. This evening, he will headline the Competitive Enterprise Institute's (CEI) annual gala in Washington, which is by no accident. The free-enterprise-minded CEI published Mr. Klaus' new book.

"Today, the global-warming debate raging in both the United States and Europe has become extremely contentious. On both sides of the Atlantic, the debate has metastasized into cultural warfare against economic liberty," writes CEI President Fred L. Smith Jr. in the book's foreword.

"For that reason, pro-freedom voices are needed to reframe the debate to show how a free people can better address the challenges facing Western civilization."


John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on Townhall.com and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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