This is why I think the campaign finance scheme that the feds and most states use is fatally flawed.
A GOP activist filed ethics complaints Thursday seeking to tie Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor and Secretary of State Cathy Cox to two touchstones of liberal Democratic politics: Howard Dean and Emily’s List.
The complaint, filed by Doug Grammer, chairman of the Georgia Federation of Young Republican Clubs, accuses Taylor and Cox — both Democratic candidates for governor in 2006 — of improperly using state telephones for political calls. It cites, among others, a three-minute call by Taylor’s office to Howard Dean’s presidential campaign headquarters and five calls from Cox’s office to Emily’s List, a political network for abortion rights Democratic women.
Yahoo, rah, rah! We did it to them. They’ve done it to us. They’ll do it to us again. We’ll do it to them again. And what will be accomplished other than making lawyers like me a little richer? Not too much.
I’m an advocate of no limits, but immediate disclosure. That is to say there should be no caps on campaign contributions, but those contributions and all expenditures must be reported within forty-eight hours of receipt or expenditure. But that’s just me.