- Posted June 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Obama's Lawyer Wants Donor List
I'm not a big fan of the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, but it is the law of the land. It has given rise to Super PACs raising and spending ungodly amounts of money to sway voters this way or that.
The ideal would be for campaign and PACs who support a candidate or issue to have those donations limited to individuals only. That means no money from religious organizations, no money from not-for-profits, no money from corporations, no money from unions, no money from associations, no money except from individual citizens.
But that's not the world we live in today.
President Barack Obama eschewed Super PACs until political reality "forced" him to "evolve" and embrace Democratic and other left leaning organizations and their politcal action committees.
One part of the Internal Revenue Service code allows these Super PACs, if classified as "social welfare" entities and not strictly formed for a political purpose, to not reveal who its donors are.
The President's lawyer, Robert F. Bauer, has sent a letter to Crossroads of America, the Super PAC co-founded by Karl Rove, demanding the release of its donor list. The President's lawyer claims that Crossroads is mis-classified and should be listed as strictly a political animal.
That is all well and good, but question is will the Democratic Super PACs also release the names of their donors?
Has the President's lawyer sent a similar letter demanding the donor list to Priorities USA Action, a Democratic Super PAC?
Why is it this is coming from the President's lawyer and not an attorney for Team Obama or the Democratic National Committee?
Should all Super PACs list their donors?
Should there be any exceptions?
As I stated before, my personal view is that all donations of a political nature should be restricted to individual contributions only.
From the Cornfield, is this another instance of Republicans bad and Democrats good?
If Crossroads must supply its donor list, shouldn't Priorities be required to do the same?