Some tough words this morning from the editors of the Washington Post on presidential candidates who “mock” campaign finance laws, but guess which candidate is missing from their piece:
Of course she’s not mentioned.
The Post is going after four candidates not named Hillary Clinton because of a gray area created by the FEC that allows certain activities before a candidate for president actually declares for president:
The Federal Election Commission has established rules for those in this phase, but the four are simply skirting the rules by saying they are not really testing the waters. Those named in the complaints are former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R), former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D), former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).
Hillary isn’t mentioned because she meets some “testing the waters” threshold.
But the Post also — even more hypocritically — went after Jeb Bush specifically and a policy PAC that was set up for his benefit:
In this era of “dark money” in American politics, Mr. Bush has taken another step that causes deep concern. As The Post’s Ed O’Keefe and Matea Gold reported Wednesday, a friend and former staffer has set up a nonprofit “social welfare” organization, tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code, that will reportedly develop policy options that are “consistent” with those held by Mr. Bush. The group is called Right to Rise Policy Solutions, and under existing rules it will not have to disclose the identity of its donors nor will contributions be limited.
Interesting enough, there’s another candidate super PAC making news today — the Ready for Hillary group supporting Hillary Clinton. It seems that all the employees at the totally independent Ready for Hillary PAC who will be out of a job as soon as Hillary becomes an official candidate will be offered positions with the campaign:
When will the Post’s editor’s write about this mocking of FEC laws and PAC independence — or any of the multiple other mockeries committed by team Clinton?