|King Dollar Reigns for the left|
The USA Today has a followup story today on how the left has outspent the right 2-1 in the November races. HERE is the full article. It was actually a fair article and lo and behold, the left, those protectors of the "progressive" ideology and the finger pointers of too much money in politics (especially by the right) have been exposed. Now we all know money is the "mother's milk" of politics. We know it costs a lot of money for advertising a candidate. We know in order for the constituents to get to know a politician. he/she has to buy TV, radio and direct mail advertising. We know all this does not grow on trees don't we? Well the left has always been disingenuous about the expenditure of money. Before the playing field was leveled by the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision we on the right had to endure the endless carping about money by the left.
Of course the left had figured out their ways around the disclosure laws. They perfected the 501c4's to pump money into their liberal politician's funds. They used creative ways with PAC's and even in our little county I saw them at work. They couldn't let the people know they were getting bunches of money in our little county so they used a mechanism called a "auction" to raise money and get around limits. They would have a article donated and then auction it off for ten times it's real value. Pretty smart. I never knew those hippies had so much dough here in little Nevada County.
So, in Virginia, the left, led by two billionaires, pumped huge dollars into the Terry McAuliffe campaign and also into independent expenditures for advertising and mail. I have yet to read any articles from outraged liberals complaining about Citizen's United. I guess it must be because Terry Mc is their guy? But thankfully the Virginians kept a majority of Republicans in their House and Senate so Terry Mc can't shove "gun control" down their throats. That issue is the favorite of the one billionaire liberal. He made his money through a "hedge fund". One of those money making institutions without government oversight for many years. Hmmm.
In New Jersey, Chris Christie beat the pants of his opposition for Governor. According to the Eco PAC's and the billionaires, they decided to forget Christie's race and concentrate on the legislature. Even though they have a huge majority, the liberals state they wanted to ensure Christie could not run rampant and therefore the Education unions and eco's poured huge sums into the individual races for the legislature. New Jersey is really a very "true blue" state and from what I read, there was no reason to spend any money helping sure things in their legislature. I believe it was an experiment by the left to see how they could get away with massive spending.
Colorado was more "grass roots" but I see that there still are many people not giving up trying to create a secession from the state. HERE is the full article. In this case the money was mostly local so there was not a lot of it. I do like the Colorado recalls of those "gun control" legislators. I saw an interview with Colorado Governor Hickenlooper the other day and golly, he seemed like he got the message. If he doesn't he could become the second Governor ever to be recalled in America.
What all this show me about money in politics is this. It depends whose proverbial "ox" is getting gored. Liberals had a monopoly for many years on the fundraising. The right was always begging for money from business and individuals. The left had the unions, the econut groups and their own billionaires. Now the right has some avenues of fundraising and the left can't escape the spotlight of their hypocrisy any longer. When a lefty billionaire pumps nine million into a eastern Governor's race, what are we to think? Isn't the left shouting from the rooftops that money influences votes? Of course, but sine it is an issue the press usually loves to support, the money does not get the same scrutiny that an oil company gets. Or a gun manufacturer.
So, now we all get to see the great experiment in all its glory. Money from the left, money from the right. It will always be this way unless we make a small change in our electoral process. Shrink the season of political races to five months including primaries, for all federal races. Just like England.