Its Wictory Wednesday.
I was trying to figure out why a Clinton appointee to the Federal Election Commission would come out "defending" the SwiftVets and it occurred to me that what it really does is open the door for MoveOn and its ilk to continue their slanderous ways. MoveOn has 14 new ads attacking the president that they will begin airing very soon.
The RNC filed a complaint on May 31st against MoveOn and others but the FEC, on May 13th, had already made a decision - not to decide for 90 days. Ninety days is up and we suddenly have a "defense" of the Swift Boat Vets by a Clinton appointee.
Former chairman of the FEC, and now president of the Campaign Legal Center, Trevor Potter's view of that May 31st decision and the FEC is not what you would call positive.
I believe we're going to look back on this as a fateful day at the Commission. It's hard to imagine more damning evidence that the agency is hopelessly politicized and flatly incapable of doing its job. We need to start over.
John McCain and Russ Feingold didn't think much of the decision either.
MCCAIN, FEINGOLD STATEMENT ON THE FEC’S DELAY OF RULING ON 527S For Immediate Release Thursday, May 13, 2004 Today Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), issued the following statement on the FEC's delay of ruling on 527 groups:
"Today the FEC proved, once again, why it is necessary to fundamentally restructure that ineffective and irresponsible bureaucracy. By refusing to take action today on the soft money activities of 527 groups, the Commission has failed to close a loophole that dangerously undermines the purpose of the federal campaign finance laws. As a result, a flood of soft money will enter the system which will violate the letter and the spirit of the law. The FEC has fundamentally weakened a law it is charged to enforce and has thereby betrayed its very purpose.
"We congratulate commissioners Scott Thomas and Michael Toner for their proposal and for their efforts to have the FEC take the proper steps today to stop soft money from flowing once again into federal elections."
This "defense" of the SwiftVets is nothing more than a pretence of bi-partisanship to smokescreen the real motive - allowing a full-blown attack by Democratic coordinated 527's through the remainder of the election.
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