The duopoly: Blame the other side for your own sleazy tactics

Could there be a clearer example of the inherent corruption and sleaze of our political system than Democrats forming fund-raising groups that don’t have to disclose sources of money then blaming Republicans for forcing them to do it.

Democrats weep phony tears about how, dang it, they really do want campaign finance reform, but tragically can not do it now because of the evilness of Republicans.

While we agree that fundamental campaign finance reforms are needed, Karl Rove and the Koch brothers cannot live by one set of rules as our values and our candidates are overrun with their hundreds of millions of dollars,” Burton told Fox News.

They want you to believe that hundreds of millions of dollars raised in secret without disclosure by Democrats will be squeaky clean and free from the taint of corruption unlike all that icky Republican money. This of course is horse manure. Big money raised in secret primarily from corporate interests is by definition suspect and it is a given that such donors expect something tangible in return something for their investment.

“In order to change the rules of the game, we need to engage in the rules as they are, not as we wish they were. To act otherwise after Citizens United is to take a knife to a gunfight,” David Donnelly, the national campaigns director of Public Campaign Action Fund, said in the release.

Ah, the endless compromises of the Democratic Party, this is one of their favorite ploys, pretending to be in favor of reform while invariably acting against it. Join our party and we’ll work towards reform. Sometime. In the future. Way in the future. They could instead raise the money in public and use that as a campaign issue against Republicans, and probably raise as much as they needed. But there’s a reason they want to do it in secret, and that’s to hide the identity of corporate donors.

It’s not just the Koch Brothers who are buying influence.

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