(H/T: Red Hampshire) It has been confirmed: Senatorial candidate Rep. Paul Hodes (D, NH) did in fact attend in person the Canadian trial lawyer fundraiser that was mentioned yesterday by both myself and others. Interestingly, the Hodes campaign isn’t really trying to push back on this: they’re simply admitting that he went abroad in person to pick up trial lawyer lobbyist money. I wonder why?
Today, Paul Hodes fought to end the influence that corporate and foreign special interests have in American elections by supporting the DISCLOSE Act. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, foreign corporations, Wall Street banks, and oil company CEOs have been given a green light to spend unlimited money anonymously in order to influence our elections. The DISCLOSE Act ends these corporate loopholes and forces Washington special interests to play by the same campaign rules that govern the actions of middle class Granite Staters.
Ah. Of course. You see, there’s dirty corporate lobbyist money, and then there’s what Democratic politicians have to travel to Vancouver to pick up. Hodes, being one of the latter, can clearly see the difference – the only problem is that ‘middle class Granite Staters’ might have their own opinions on the difference. Best to just stare right ahead, say nothing that you have to, and hope that the controversy about your hypocrisy dies down quickly, no?
Such courage, the man shows.
PS: The GOP primary hasn’t happened yet. Feel free to pick one.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.