“Change in Washington starts at the top. I will only vote for a presidential candidate who has raised at least half of his/her funds through small contributions of $250 or less. I am sick and tired of power in Washington built on lobbying money and special interests.”
Unity08 said it had had enough of “lip service” about big money in politics: it was time to “Walk the Talk.” Unity08 promised to give Americans updates about how well presidential campaigns kept to its Clean Money standard. But since the beginning of the year, it hasn’t offered a peep. No wonder, considering that Unity08 has since filed a lawsuit with the help of lobbyist lawyers to take big money, has drawn up documents to take no-interest, optional-payback loans, and has utterly failed to meet its own Clean Money standard when it comes to its own donor profile.
But hey, just because Unity08 has made a disaster of its Clean Money Pledge doesn’t mean that the question of Clean Money isn’t of interest. So while Unity08 leaders devote their time to holding fundraising dinner meetings with the rich, let’s do Unity08′s work on measuring the Clean Money performance of 2008 presidential candidates.
Let’s move on to presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission reveal that in the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2007, Dennis Kucinich’s campaign received $1,109,415 in campaign contributions. $1400 of that money came from Dennis Kucinich himself or from other committees organized by Kucinich. Let’s call that money “unclean” just to be on the safe side. Of the remaining $1,108,015, $264,812 (or 23.9%) came from donations of more than $250. If you add in Kucinich’s own $1400, Kucinich’s donations are still 76.0% “Clean” by Unity08 standards.
So where’s the notice of Kucinich’s accomplishment? Why hasn’t Unity08 said a word, as it said it would? Or was promoting “Clean Money” not the purpose of the Clean Money Pledge?