On campaign cash, Dems bash GOP while raking in secret bundles
This is hypocrisy writ large - an example of why Democrats are going to have it both ways on campaign finance this election. They will get the benefit from the press for bashing the GOP about their "secret" money, while raising more cash for a political campaign than any other in history.
In recent days, Obama released an ad blasting "secretive oil billionaires" for attacks on him, Nancy Pelosi unveiled a campaign slogan, calling for "a new politics free of special interest influence," and the Democratic National Committee released a Web ad accusing Mitt Romney of lying about his ties to a super PAC that's spent millions supporting him.
Maybe that would have sounded better in 2008, when Obama put the kibosh on the Democratic outside money infrastructure - or even in 2010, when Obama led a chorus of Democrats assailing Republicans' outside spending.
But this year, Democrats are playing the same game. Obama's team has blessed a network of super PACs trying to raise the same seven-figure checks as Romney's. And Obama's allies have gone even further than Romney's, setting up nonprofit groups that do not disclose their donors at all.
In fact, top Democrats are so adament about the need to raise unlimited - and sometimes secret - cash this year that some operatives aren't pleased about the recent attacks. It's a whole lot tougher to get wealthy liberals to fork over mega-checks when the politicians who'd benefit are ripping Republicans for taking the same types of contributions.
The myth that the GOP is the "party of the rich" will continue to be pushed because it serves the purposes of Democrats. The facts are overwhelming: The biggest contributors and the largest contributions come from liberal Democrats - the true part of the rich.