Thursday, August 18, 2005

Strange, Monied Bedfellows and Bedfoes

The ever-helpful FEC has voted to allow members of Congress to raise unlimited soft money to fight Prop. 77. Gee, that's swell.

Why? Well, because there's no federal offices on the November 8 ballot.

Ain't the law great?

Now for the disclaimers: I'm still not in love with the Costa proposal. I still think this special election is an unholy event called for by a grandstanding, political rookie who doesn't get it and doesn't seem to care to. I still think it should've been kept off the ballot based on sound public policy reasons. But if it's going to be there - and if it's going to be our best shot at fixing a badly run system, then by all means, let's just go with it, k? And I hate, hate, hate when elected officials live up to their negative press, tossing integrity to the wind and acting solely in their own self-interests.

Of course, Congressman Berman has a point when he says that since Schwarzenegger can raise unlimited amounts for the proposal, the opposition should get the same shot.

Yeah, sorta - but let's not get started on Schwarzenegger's questionable fundraising ability. Berman says both sides should be governed by the same rules. Yes, but that's not exactly what's happening here. It's close, but each side doesn't have mirroring rights here.

The circus continues . . . .

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