May Day: Mayday! The title is not absurd. It isn’t even hyperbolic. It is, sadly, a legitimate question. (Sometimes I have to wonder if some of these “progressive” groups aren’t headquartered in a padded cell.) Here’s what the “Fix Congress First!” campaign is sending out in email spam [emphasis added]:
date Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 8:19 AM
subject Let’s make the presidential candidates talk about money
[rudely, no salutation]
The 2012 presidential race is heating up, and big donors are pulling out their checkbooks. President Obama—who recently reaffirmed his promise to “change how things get done in Washington”—just asked his top fundraisers to bring in $350,000 each for his reelection campaign. His 2012 bid is expected to cost more than $1 billion—35% more than his campaign in 2008.
The GOP is firing back. Sarah Palin raised $3.5 million in 2010, Mitt Romney raised $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2011, and the RNC raised $5.2 million in February alone.
No high profile candidate is talking about reform. Instead, both sides are building networks of anonymous donors—most of them wealthy special interests—to fuel their campaigns. Because of Citizens United, these groups can spend unlimited amounts on political communications. 2012 will be the most expensive election in history by far.
OK. You got your classic direct mail marketing opening. Campaign finance is a problem. Gotcha. Knew that. With the teensiest bit of foreshadowing. Sweet. And it now continues with the “solution”: Continue reading