Thursday, February 14, 2008

Are Campaign Finance Laws About To Be Broken

Word is spreading behind the scenes that some of the largest Clinton campaign donors, with long relationships with Hillary and Bill and inter-locking relationships with the Clinton campaign, are considering massive “independent” spending campaigns.

Bad plan. As word becomes public, there will be a huge backlash and extremely grave potential legal implications.

If these folks are truly independent as defined by federal law, I will be selected by the College of Cardinals as the next Pope. Both are equally plausible.

The last thing the Clintons should be doing is anything that smacks of skirting the law, breaking the rules or manipulating the process.

I will argue to the death that the candidate who receives the most elected delegates in the primaries and caucuses should be nominated. This is true whether the winner of most elected delegates is Barack Obama or Hillary, because it is the integrity of the process and the integrity of our democracy that is on the line.


Fixing the game, gaming the system, violating commitments of honor — these are the old tactics of the old politics that the nation rejects. The incredible outpouring from Democrats and independents is a precious gift that presages a potential landslide.

America does not need old bosses, new bosses or money bosses who disrespect the people as they disrespect the rules.

It is a tale of two cities: the revolutionary and gigantic surge of small donors that Barack brings to the system and the party, versus those tempted to try to buy another election by breaking another rule and violating another trust, which will inflame a majority of Democrats and help elect a Republican president.

This is the year when the people are right, the politicians are wrong, the rules should be honored and the bosses are yesterday’s news using yesterday’s schemes.

[Brent asks that you crosspost your comments to The Hill, where this blog post appears [1]. -- JT]

About author

Brent Budowsky served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left goverment in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management. He can be reached at [2].

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