Just about a year and a half ago, Sen. John McCain went to court to try to curtail the influence of a group to which A. Jerrold Perenchio gave $9 million, saying it was trying to "evade and violate" new campaign laws with voter ads ahead of the midterm elections.
As McCain launches his own presidential campaign, however, he is counting on Perenchio, the founder of the Univision Spanish-language media empire, to raise millions of dollars as co-chairman of the Arizona Republican's national finance committee.
It's really painful to watch such blatant hypocrisy. Selling out it seems is just the way business is done these days. You can almost hear the political advisors whispering in John McCain's ear, "It's about winning." Folks, politics is blood sport. Anything goes in order to win. I guess the feeling among the powerful is that if we win then we have a chance to change things. Right....
Senator McCain has learned his lessons well from his defeat in 2000. President Bush showed him that all you need is a solid 30% base, lots of money and a willingness to say and do anything to get elected, knowing that once in office, Rule will ensue. Now Senator McCain is using the same fundraisers, political advisors, and apparachniks that are now out of a job with the demise of Mr. Bush. This is truly sad...
"Certainly we are disappointed that he has decided not to take the lead in fixing the presidential-financing system he is competing in," said Mary Boyle of Common Cause, the ethics watchdog that cheered McCain's reform efforts for years. "But it is understandable he is opting out.
"It is apparent to us that to run a competitive presidential campaign inside a system that is still broken, that is what he has to do," she said.
Read the article by John Solomon HERE.