Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Special interests ha!

The anti-Kerry ad that notes his tie to special-interests is humorous on a couple counts.
As The Washington Post points out:

The ad accurately points out that Kerry has raised $640,000 from lobbyists, "more special-interest money than any other senator." And it fairly questions whether Kerry is disingenuous to accept money from those he would vanquish.
But the Center for Responsive Politics, which calculated the figure Bush cited about Kerry ($638,358 raised from lobbyists since 1989, to be exact), has some bad news for Bush, too. The president raised $842,262 from lobbyists in the current election cycle -- almost four times the $226,450 Kerry raised. And if you take away the funds Kerry collected for the presidential campaign, he is no longer the Senate's top recipient of special-interest funds.

Obviously, Bush has a glass-houses problem here.

But what's also been brought up - even by Republicans - is just what are special-interests anyway?
If any group wants something from you and they give money to your campaign they are definded as a special-interest. That's a pretty broad definition and obviously there are few politicians - especially Senators - who don't take special-interest money, which means this ad is nonsensical.

It only matters if Kerry is being disingenuous in his stance for or against special-interests.