Topic: Government & Politics
Integrity Alert: Campaign Money Watch
Okay…the organization, Campaign Money Watch, says on its website that it is
So why, according to NPR, is this organization running ads, funded by the crude and self-righteous Angry Left group Move-On.Org, attacking Senator John McCain, the one presidential candidate of a major party who has
Easily explained, says David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch,
in a statement to the Wall Street Journal. "Our view is that the
current system is broken. Candidates are going to fund their campaigns
in whichever way they think will bring them to victory, “ he said. “Which
candidate has pledged to make fixing the presidential system a priority?
Ah! Just like he pledged to use public financing in his campaign, but
now has broken all records for private financing…wait a minute---explain
this again? McCain, who is both a champion of campaign reform and has
honored his commitment to use public financing, is not the candidate
most likely to fix the problem? Obama, who has used the current system
to fuel his apparently successful campaign, is the one who will reform
the system he used to get elected? Really? Really?
Here’s another, more logical, likely explanation than Mr. Donnelly’s
disingenuous tap-dancing. Campaign Money Watch is a sham, an organization
run by Democrats that was concerned with campaign reform only while the
majority of private funds was going to Republicans. No fair-minded organization
would accept funds from an ethically-challenged organization like Move-On,
and no “non-partisan” organization, as Campaign Money Watch absurdly claims
to be, would attack an ally of campaign finance reform like John McCain
to support a candidate who explicitly (and rather cynically) rejected
exactly what the organization claims is its primary goal.
Campaign finance reform is a good idea. How about a genuinely non-partisan
group that has some semblance of integrity to pursue it?