Reinvention: Americans Elect Leaders Stump for … Campaign Finance Reform?
You may recall that during the 2008 and 2012 campaign season, the political corporation calling itself Unity08 and then Americans Elect hired high-price lawyers to overturn campaign finance laws so that it could take campaign donations of unlimited size and then keep the names of those donors a secret from the public. Unity08/Americans Elect won its legal battle to overturn limits for political corporations, massively tilting the campaign finance system in favor of big money.
What are the leaders of Americans Elect doing now?
Why, touting their participation in marches for “campaign finance reform” that use the name of the deceased “Granny D” (aka Doris Haddock), who walked across the country at the age of 90 to bring attention to the growing problem of big money in politics.
I place “campaign finance reform” in quotes because the march organizers aren’t actually calling for any specific reform. They just want to be identified with the issue:
“There are so many different ideas being pushed by reformers on both the Right and the Left – all of which deserve consideration. We aren’t demanding a specific fix during the walk – what we’re asking is that politicians tell us how they intend to fix the problem.”
Using the phrase “campaign finance reform” in public while stacking the deck in favor of big money in private is not new for Americans Elect — they’ve pulled this trick before. Its leaders are talking the talk they’ve talked before. Where are they planning to walk?