In politics. it’s only wrong if the other party does it. Let us just remember that it was the Democrats, under Clinton, who started massive use of “soft” money. “Starting in late 1995, the Democratic National Committee used soft money to pay for a months-long blitz of television commercials, basically indistinguishable from campaign ads, that bolstered Clinton in the polls.” Thanks to Politico’s Josh Gerstein for leading me to that.
And from the Baltimore Sun, there was this recounting of Clinton’s role in promoting soft money:
“In one tape, Clinton tells a group of donors in December 1995 about the importance of the Democratic Party ads — paid for by the unregulated soft money — in boosting his own poll numbers.
On the tape, Clinton says: “We realized we could run these ads through the Democratic Party, which meant we could raise money in $20,000 and $50,000 and $100,000 blocks.
“So we didn’t have to do it all in $1,000 [donations] and run down what I can spend, which is limited by law. So that is what we have done.” ***
Of course, the GOP soon followed, but we have to thank Bill Clinton for leading us in this direction.
BTW, and I am not making this up, the State Department just spent $100,000 on a sculpture of a camel to be put in front of the US Embassy in Pakistan. The artist who was paid the money just happened to be an Obama fund raiser. It’s a duplicate of this one, shown in Napa, CA. I raise this as a micro example of how the entire US system is corrupt, from generals who retire and they lobby for defense contractors, to, well you name it.
“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”
― H.L. Mencken