Peter Funt, an Obama supporter, complains in the Washington Post about being solicited for yet more money by the Obama forces, after The One already raised far more money than any campaign in history.
This is not easy to write, because I consider the election of Barack Obama to be one of the most inspiring political and social developments of my lifetime. I truly mean no disrespect when I say: Stop asking for money. ...
But now, despite the extent to which Americans have supported the Obama campaign, comes Plouffe again with an e-mail I find particularly riling. "Will you support the Obama-Biden transition," he wrote on Nov. 21, "with a donation of $250 or more?"
Money from "grass-roots supporters," he claims, will prevent the "secretive undertakings" of previous presidential transitions.
Taxpayers are already funding the Obama transition to the tune of $6.3 million. Apparently that's not enough, which is why tapped-out contributors are being asked to dig deeper into their pockets. Unlike election financing, in which Team Obama had to forgo taxpayer money when opting for private donations, in transition financing it can keep all the taxpayer money plus whatever comes in from those with anything left under the mattress.
Note the evocation of a shadow conspiracy in the "secretive undertakings" phrase. Is this just a ploy, or genuine paranoia?
Funt and other Obama supporters had better get used to being asked for more, no matter how much they put on the table. There will never be enough. "Change you can believe in" tturns out to be the spare change they will contiunually be asked to fork over.