Among the mainstay narratives of the Democratic Party is that money corrupts politics — and that the division between the rich and poor is a national crisis.  Those claims have always been a bit hyperbolic, but now they are downright hypocritical.  Thanks go to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for exposing it.

If, as expected, Bloomberg keeps his pledge to use hundreds of millions of dollars to elect former Vice President Joe Biden, Democrat House and Senate candidates and an untold number of Democrats to state and local office, he will be living proof that all that left-wing talk about money corrupting politics was empty political talking points.

By dangling dollars in front of the Democratic Party — like  carrion in front of vultures — Bloomberg exposes the whore-ish underbelly of left-wing politics.  Their governing principle is to do whatever is necessary to win.

While his socialist policies are as bad and crazy as can be, at least Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has the courage of his misguided convictions.  He has stated that he does not want Bloomberg’s money and would not take it if he were the nominee – as unlikely as that may seem today.  And that goes for all those other billionaire fat cats.

Conversely, Biden, Democrat National Chairman Tom Perez and every other Democrat and progressive fundraising organization are on their knees kissing Bloomberg’s ring (one would hope) with hands outstretched.

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In their lust of his wallet, the entire Democratic Party has tossed aside their longstanding objection to the influence of big money in politics.  They are reminiscent of what one-time southern Democrat senator said when asked how much he needed for his campaign.  He replied. “All I can get.”

Our ridiculous federal election laws prevent guys like Bloomberg from donating big bucks directly to federal campaigns – President, Senate and House.  But they can do two things – use their cadre of friends to bundle lots of $2700 donations.  But even better, they can set up what are known as “independent expenditure committees” and fund them with as much of their money as they like.  No limit.

This loophole enables a guy like Bloomberg to advertise nice things ABOUT a candidate as long has he does not talk TO or conspire WITH the candidate.  Only a Congress would come up with nutty laws like that.

Ever since they passed the federal election laws of the 1970s, I have been a constant critic.  It makes no sense to restrict what a candidate can accept in donations and still allow the creation of these loophole committees that pour billions of dollars into the process.  We should allow unlimited direct contributions, have larger contributions publicly reported and let we the people decide what we think about the contributors and the candidate taking the money.

Since campaign money is used to “get out the message,” I like to think that every candidate will have the resources to tell his or her story to the voters –and not be defeated by a LACK of money.  Money spent on campaigns is good for democracy – hell, it is essential.  Let the candidates take in the money and get rid of all these external committees over which the candidate has no control over the message.

On the final analysis, it is NOT the fact that Bloomberg is willing to spend so much money to support candidates – let him – but let all the candidates who do not have such a bank-roller compete by raising sufficient money.  Besides, all that money spent on campaigns is good for the economy.  Think of all the people and businesses they hire or retain.

So, I am not pointing at the money, but at the gross hypocrisy of the left-wing Democratic Party that talks against big contributions while eagerly soliciting them.

So, there ‘tis.

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By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

3 thoughts on “Bloomberg’s money exposes Democrat hypocrisy”
  1. Instead of all of the commercials Bloomberg should have taken 100 million dollars and a camera crew and gone out to skid row in Los Angeles and helped all of those homeless American citizens some of whom are veterans and made a commercial of him helping them get their lives together It would have made him look great

  2. If there is a way to cheat, the democrats will find it. Look at how obama punished Dinesh D’Souza for giving too much money to a campaign probably for producing a movie about him. Look how obama never showed where all the millions from his first presidential campaign came from. It is the same old story how most of the time democrats like hillary, obama, comey, mcCabe, to name a few never see Justice and most Republicans do.

  3. Democrats are very good at lying and being hypocrites. If the main stream media would do their job and tell both sides of the story, it would expose the democrats for these two things. obama had Dinesh D’Souza put in jail for a small amount over the legal limit for campaign contribution. That was probably because he produced a movie telling the truth about obama.

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