"Money Corrupts the System" Crowd Missing in Action
Political candidate should raise and spend as much money as they can or want in campaigns. Government limits on freedom of speech always produce unintended consequences. But like many conservatives, I feel pummeled by the impact of Democratic/liberal money this cycle. The causes and consequences of the money gap require a much longer post/discussion.
I just want to make one narrower point today. If you consider the amount of money the Obama campaign raised this cycle and combine it with the various Democratic campaign committees (e.g. Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee) they will raise a total of over $1 billion this cycle. That's never happened before. And that also doesn't include any labor or liberal 527 money.
Good for them. But join me in a little thought exercise. What would the so-called reformers be saying if Republicans blew the doors off fundraising records?
I explore the numbers in more detail in this column in the Washington Times today and end with this caution. Republicans should ensure they're never outspent like this again. But once they ratchet up the fundraising next cycle, get ready for the "reformers" to charge the GOP's trying to "buy the election."