Better Georgia’s Seth Clark, via the AJC and Jim Galloway:
“On the website of Better Georgia, the progressive group that often acts on behalf of Democrats, Seth Clark has issued what must be viewed as a worthy bipartisan challenge.
He’s asking state lawmakers, the governor and members of Congress to dip into their campaign treasuries to help fund an integrated high school prom in Wilcox County.”
I think is an opportunity for Republicans; a lay-up, if they have the sense to take it.
The Republican Party is casting about — or should be — for ways to convey a sense of solidarity with people of color without seeming to compromise (too much) on conservative principles. Well, unless indifference to obvious segregation and racial intolerance is one of those principles, here’s an easy chance. A few grand for an integrated prom would buy a hell of a lot more goodwill than badly-targeted advertising.
It would also be a shot across the bow at the vestigial southern racism undergirding some of the party and — more to the point — a practical signal to black voters that Republicans are willing to stand up against racism when they see it. Done right, as a full-throated unambiguous rejection of segregation without the ridiculous throat-clearing preamble about “black people can be racists, too!” or “people have a right to associate however they like!” or “if we have a black history month, why not a white history month, too?” stuff, I suggest that this gesture might hold political as well as moral merit.
That said … is there anything in campaign finance rules that would make this kind of donation difficult?