"Is it you or your parents in this income tax bracket"
With apologies to the band Cake, those lyrics help provide a nice backdrop to the spat yesterday between Republican presidential candidates, Buddy Roemer and Jon Huntsman. Roemer, who is basing his longshot candicacy on fighting big money interests that he rightly claims have a stranglehold on Washington, D.C., went after Huntsman for his close (read: paternal) ties to Our Destiny PAC, a Super PAC that is believed to be heavily funded by Huntsman's own father.
"The law is that the super PAC must be independent of the candidate. It says it clearly in the Supreme Court ruling, called Citizens United. Is that independent? I mean I have a big imagination but I just can't imagine that father and son don't talk," said Roemer.
It's bad enough that these Super PAC's can spend unlimited, unregulated amounts of money influencing our elections. It's another thing when they are being funded by people so close to the candidates themselves that it takes an awful lot of blind faith to believe they aren't coordinating. Huntsman's Super PAC isn't the only one guilty of this (though he is probably the only one who eats Thanksgiving dinner with a major PAC funder).
A Super PAC supporting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, Restore Our Future PAC, is being run by Romney's former aides. Hmmm, I wonder if there's any chance they are working closely together. All this money flooding our elections too often skews the debate and turns off voters, but as Roemer says: "That's the kind of world we live in now."