Tuesday, July 5, 2011

GOP Super PAC proponent Bopp declares decision by FEC ‘meaningless’

The question about the old song, “What can stop the “Duke of Earl?” has morphed into “What can stop campaign corruption?” The answer is the same for both versions: no one.

In a recent decision…the Federal Election Commission voted unanimously that federal officeholders and candidates cannot raise unlimited money for independent expenditure-only committees, more commonly known as “super PACs.”

Indiana attorney James Bopp, a strenuous opponent of campaign finance restrictions, laughed at the ruling. It didn’t bother him that he was violating the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.

As a matter of fact, in a typical reversal of reality for many GOPers, he declared the ruling was “exactly what we wanted.”
“There’s approval for candidates and political party officials to solicit for super PACs,” Bopp said, noting the $5,000 limit imposed.

Bopp said any promotion of the PAC by a candidate or officeholder would have a disclaimer that the request was only for up to $5,000 for individuals. “But donors are free to contribute all they want. This disclaimer is completely meaningless,” the “PAC Man” gloated.

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