“No Man’s life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session”.

- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Friday, October 29, 2010

Frisco Nan & Funding Sources

It's pretty rich that House Speaker Frisco Nan claims that 'everything was fine, then all this unidentified money came into GOP coffers,' or words to that effect.

Several significant red herrings have been tossed out by leading Democrats, e.g., the Chamber of Commerce allegedly spending foreign donations in political campaigns, various private, soft dollar conservative organizations spending on behalf of GOP candidates, and more teeth gnashing over the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

However, Karl Rove displayed an informative piece of paper a few days ago on Neil Cavuto's Fox News program. On it, he sketched out the total spending for both parties from various sources, showing that friendly union campaign spending on behalf of the Democrats brought that party to something like $300-400MM more in contributions than that spent for Republicans.

It's so typical that Nan & Co. raise specters of possible campaign funding rules violations and bemoan Citizens United, while their union buddies take full advantage of that decision to actually borrow money that their members dues' must repay, in order to spend it on Democratic candidates.

Wouldn't it all be simpler if McCain-Feingold and other, earlier complicated campaign funding laws were repealed, in favor of simply forcing the immediate publication of donors, while dispensing with all the other rules?

Like it or not, campaign donations and sympathetic communications constitute a form of free speech. I don't trust any Congressional attempts to limit that, because those attempts are inherently biased in favor of the sitting members who pass such legislation.

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