Democrats Embrace Super PACs, Despite Russ Feingold’s Efforts
The debate over how Democrats should approach the proliferation of super PACs in the 2012 election cycle is over, and the voices of morality have lost.
The party's convention in Charlotte, N.C. last week witnessed a veritable embrace -- from members of the donor class to the average voter -- of the super PAC culture that many once decried. There were caveats. People said they supported super PACs allied with President Barack Obama strictly for the purpose of matching conservative cash. Once the election is over, legislation should be passed to limit the influence of outside money, they said, and a constitutional amendment may be needed.
But few seemed disturbed that Democrats were, as former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) famously declared, "playing with the devil." If anything, they feared that the Republican's devil was bigger and badder than their own.
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