Thursday, December 09, 2004

MoveOn to Democratic Party: 'We Own It'

This is the result of McCain-Feingold:

A scathing e-mail from the head of MoveOn's political action committee to the group's supporters on Thursday targets outgoing Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe as a tool of corporate donors who alienated both traditional and progressive Democrats.

"For years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base," said the e-mail from MoveOn PAC's Eli Pariser. "But we can't afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers."

Under McAuliffe's leadership, the message said, the party coddled the same corporate donors that fund Republicans to bring in money at the expense of vision and integrity.

"In the last year, grass-roots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the party doesn't need corporate cash to be competitive," the message continued. "Now it's our party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back."
(From AP via Yahoo! News)

Rather than limit special interest groups as intended, the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill has magnified their influence, in the form of 527 groups, exponentially. Shackled under that legislation, the DNC can't match the fundraising firepower of groups like MoveOn. Since money is the key to power within the party, MoveOn and their ilk are now in defacto control.

Dean 2008 begins now.

Other Commentary

From Powerline:
I like it. It's the first glimmer of respect for property rights we've seen from the Dems in a long time.