Party Above All

It should be no surprise to any of us that the so called, “campaign finance” bill that passed in the house benefits Republicans more than anyone else. This bill places very strict caps on the 527’s – the very organizations that contributed soft money to Democratic candidates in 2004. These tax-exempt groups proved that they could raise a lot of money through grassroots efforts and in turn, used the money to mobilize get out the vote campaigns and generated ads that benefited candidates with a liberal voice.

Let’s face it, the Republicans lost out on using the Internet as a tool to generate money for their party and to use the Internet as a resource for their propaganda. As the Republicans found out in 2004, the Democrats owned the Internet world. Howard Dean managed a successful fundraising drive and gained quite a following through the use of the Internet and groups such as ACT and Move On were successful in getting out their message through the use of this tool. The majority of the popular blogs on the Internet are not conservative blogs but liberal minded people speaking out against what the Republicans and this administration have done to our country.

Since the Republicans have not been successful in using 527’s to their advantage, it was in their best interest (not the interest of their constituents) to control these groups.

With the GOP, it’s not what’s best for the country, but what’s best for their party and the lobbyists. And just in time for the 2006 elections, where the Republicans need all the help they can get.

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