If memory serves me, it has always been the Democrats that have called for campaign finance reform. Two years ago they finally got their wish when President Bush signed McCain-Feingold into law. Since ‘free speech’ is usually thought of as a liberal cause, I can only assume that the cry for this law came from the perception that the Democrats would never match Republican money –one of those ‘do what I say not what I do’ kinda things…(like talking about the environment and having five mansions and two private jets). I digress…
Anyway, they left a loop-hole –and , surprise surprise…it has been the Democrats that have capitalized on this blip in the law (I guess they feel since they fought for it they can exploit it). 527s. The list of 527s (tax exempt –non party affiliated groups) is endless and both the left and the right have them (ACT, Sierra Club, Right to Life, Moveon, etc.). Would you be surprised to know that the bulk of the money raised through these groups has been spent by the left in an all-out offensive against the President…87% to be exact –that means that only 13% has been used for conservative causes. No one complained when Moveon.org was raising and spending money hand over fist –or when Michael Moore’s movie came out –or when Paul O’Neill/Joe Wilson/Richard Clarke’s books were released. There was a lot of press coverage from the main steam media for each happening. This was all Ok…freedom of speech…the right of the people to have their voices heard –and I agree. It would be nice if it ended there right, but it doesn’t.
Enter Swift Boat Vets for Truth and all hell breaks loose...
*‘Rich Republican donors’- Ok a Republican guy in
*‘Ties to the White House’: This law does not say that the contributors can’t be (D)’s or (R)s –it says that they can’t coordinate with the campaign. They can be against a candidate but just can’t endorse one –do you think there are any conservatives donating to ACT or Moveon? Let’s go into that a bit more…Harold Ikes was a super-delegate at the DNC convention and sits on the board of a 527. Bill Richardson is the head of Kerry’s NM election campaign and sits on the board of a 527. Where is the report in the NYT about that? Also, isn’t it an amazing coincidence that the day the Kerry campaign announced that they had decided to stop running ads to conserve money, the 527s started running their ads for him…that wasn’t coordinated? Please.
Today Kerry’s campaign stooped to an all time low when they files a suit against SBVT with the FEC trying to get ads pulled and trying to get the publisher of "Unfit for Command" to pull it from the shelves. Wow. So much for Freedom of Speech. A representative from Kerry’s campaign today referred to these 254 veterans, who fought and bled for their country, as ‘so called swiftvets’. ..'so-called'-- That, my friends, is repugnant. It did, however, get the mainstream media involved -finally– because this wasn’t big news before today (sarcasm).
The SBVT opened a new chapter of their effort to expose JK today with a new ad that features POWs. I am anxious to see if the POWs are disparaged and denigrated as the decorated veterans have been. Paul Galanti is one of those POWs in the ad (a native of
So the party of the ACLU, the party heralded for championing the rights of the people to ensure free speech is not only suing to stop free speech, but suing to stop the free speech of the very men that fought and bled to protect it-- and suing to prevent the loop-hole that they have so efficiently utilized (Wasn’t it also the left that put protesters in a cage in Boston?) They sat by as 87% of the 527 money was spent to hurt Bush (so far 63 million), but as soon as the tables are turned they are screaming foul play (swift vets have spent 1 million). Whether you find yourself on the left or the right, you will have to admit that this is more than disingenuous –it is fascist and repugnant.
…or, just another flip-flop.