McCain Feingold benefitted Obama over Hillary
by yellowdem1129, Sat Feb 16, 2008 at 09:33:33 AM EST
It's ironic that John McCain who is the Republican nominee in waiting is one of the biggest reasons that Obama is in such great shape for the nomination.
Imagine if the latest reform went like this:
Any American can donate what they want to your campaign but it must be fully disclosed within 24 hours of receipt.
The blogs and reporters would check everyday for anything suspicious and everything would be above board.
This would have allowed Hillary to be fully funded to compete in every state, and she would be a runaway winner in this campaign.
McCain Feingold has strict limits on donors, and all other rules that wound up benefitting Obama because he has an inspired large base who would give small amounts repeatedly.
Also, the rules that prohibit outside groups from politicking prevents help from friends forming to help out.
Look at the reality. Hillary and Barack are basically equally liked by the party, but Obama's people are more willing to give him money. Why should that be the determining factor in the election? Why shouldn't 1000 of Hillary's biggest supporters be able to offset the tens of thousands of Obama supporters.
True he would get bigger donations also, but after a certain point, both candidates would be fully funded.
Back in the 1990's Democrats started this "good government" type argument, and many never believed in it. But McCain put them to the test, and Bush signed the law thinking it would hurt Democrats.
Well it has helped Dems overall, but it does hurt Hillary in this race. She has broken fundraising records, and is still behind.
Please, advocate for freedom within the Democratic party.
If we are fully funded this November, we can for the first time compete in all 50 states.