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John Adams Blog

The blog of The Antient and Honourable John Adams Society, Minnesota's Conservative Debating Society www.johnadamssociety.org

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Holier Than Thou

The New York Times reports today that celebrated campaign finance reformer U.S. Senator John McCain apparently has no trouble asking well-healed donors for contributions in excess of $50,000 for his Reform Institute -- helping him to amass more than $1.3 million for the group last year.

Senator McCain “defended the large donations as a necessary part of advocacy work, and drew a distinction between the progressive agenda of the Reform Institute and political efforts to which campaign finance laws apply. 'The institute is different, he said, 'because it is nonpartisan and issue-oriented.'”

Oh…. “Issue oriented” work..... That explains it.

But wasn’t it Senator McCain who complained that by “[h]iding behind the guise of 'issue advocacy' ... nameless benefactors with thick bankrolls can donate unlimited sums ... beyond the reach of the campaign-reporting laws designed to curb such abuses”?