gop fundraising scandal uncovered?
Well, this stinks to high heaven:
Republican state attorneys general in at least six states telephoned corporations or trade groups subject to lawsuits or regulations by their state governments to solicit hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions, according to internal fundraising documents obtained by The Washington Post.
One of the documents mentions potential state actions against health maintenance organizations and suggests the attorneys general should "start targeting the HMO's" for fundraising. It also cites a news article about consolidation and regulation of insurance firms and states that "this would be a natural area for us to focus on raising money."
These documents obtained by the WaPo certainly give the appearance of an implied quid pro quo for campaign contributions.
Opponents of campaign finance reform cite free speech concerns, and they have a point. However, free speech can be limited for a compelling interest, and I contend that dissolving a campaign finance system that becomes tantamount to open bribery is one such interest. The American people must have assurances that big campaign contributions don't buy access and influence.