This is an ad sent out today by Liberty Central, an astroturf tea party group featuring Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. This video was included in an email sent to registered Republican voters in all states. It is an appeal, by Mrs. Thomas, asking voters to go beyond their state borders to support conservative candidates in other states. Mrs. Thomas wants us to “show (our) dissatisfaction with a Congress that has spent reclusively, lacks accountability, and refuses to listen to the will of the American people.”
Watching this video is a surreal experience.
It truly represents the height of hypocrisy in our current electoral process. Here is a person, backed by millions of dollars provided by unknown, unaccountable special interest groups, complaining about the “reclusive” and “unaccountable” nature of Congress. To top it off, it is only through the Citizens United ruling, decided by her husband and four other members of the high court, that she is able to use these corporate resources to effectively “buy” elections throughout the country.
Perhaps this over-the-top hypocritical campaign ad is a good thing. It may awaken people to the need to press Congress for “real” campaign finance reform - legislation that will limit special interest financing of federal candidates. Clean Election laws, like those currently existing in Arizona and other states, could prove to be a good guideline for leveling the playing field at the federal level.
Unfortunately, the public's effort to implement campaign finance reform may prove to be an exercise in futility. It will be the very people who are "owned" by these corporations who will be voting on a bill that will determine whether their sponsors’ financial support will continue to exist.
When it comes time to vote on campaign finance reform, will US senators and representatives listen to "The Voice of the People", or will they continue to hear that “Cha-Ching” sound coming from K Street?
I’m betting on the latter.