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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

OUTRAISED

"there will certainly be a lot of money on both sides"

You can always tell when the election is going to go poorly for Democrats. The legacy media always focuses on one thing that they don't when things go well for their party: spending. In 2006 and 2008 they didn't care how much money was raised or how, so much so that they just ignored the fraud and irregularities with President Obama's fundraising. But now that Democrats are in trouble, here come the campaign finance stories again.

The big talking point on the left now is that corporations are raising money and outspending Democrats, those jerks. Except, according to Jeanne Cummings at Politico, that's not exactly true:
It’s true that conservative third-party groups are outspending their Democratic rivals. But the Democrats still have a sizable cash advantage in their party committees – making this year’s elections a lot more of a fair fight than Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi let on.

So far, the latest figures show that the Democratic Party machinery has outraised its Republican counterpart in this campaign cycle by almost $270 million.

And even when outside spending on television advertising and direct mail is added to the mix, Republicans still haven’t closed the gap.
So why do people say that the right is outspending the left? Because conservative groups (not political parties) have raised $169 million for attack ads, as opposed to $80 million by leftist groups. Yet even when you include that, the Democrats are still spending more:
The money race totals come to $856 million for the Democratic committees and their aligned outside groups, compared to $677 for their Republican adversaries, based on figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
See the problem is not the amount, its the type and who's spending it that upsets the left. They're mad because their money isn't winning not because they have less to spend. Its not the amount, its the failure to buy the public's vote that has them upset.

The other thing that has the left upset is that when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations had just as much right to donate money and have their say in elections as, say, the legacy media, they went nuts. It was a sector of the population that the left wanted shut down, leaving less competition for their mouthpieces in the entertainment and news sectors. The money being raised they are crying most about is this money: corporate funds.

Yet even with that flooding of cash from corporations, Democrats are still spending more so their big complain about corporations ruining the sanctity of the electoral process (translation: our lock on the narrative) is pretty hollow.

Personally my answer to the money in politics would be simple: cut the power of the federal government down to constitutional boundaries and size. Then there's less power and cash to tempt people to buy elections and flood the process with cash. You don't see huge donations to the mayor of Scio or councilmen for Bumtoss County, Arkansas. There's no power there to buy, so the money doesn't show up. Cut that government down and the motivation for spending decreases.

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