It seems that the cheap shot political virus has struck again. At stake this time, is the $182,000 of Mark Green’s campaign money.
Mike McCabe from
Here is what really happened.
In January of 2005, the Mark Green campaign transferred $1.3 million worth of his federal campaign funds to his state gubernatorial campaign. The $1.3 million included $500,000 worth of PAC money.
Following this transfer, the State Elections board passed some new rules stating that federal campaign money could be transferred as long as the state campaign rules were followed. One of these new rules was that campaigns could only use $485,000 worth of PAC funds. A legislative committee suspended the rule immediately.
At the time the Green campaign transferred the money, they were following the letter of the law. Every dime that was transferred was perfectly legal, including the PAC funds. All of this took place in January of 2005.
Here we are a year and half later, and the legislative session ended
If you believe Mr. McCabe’s accusation, that would mean the transaction that took place a year and a half ago, is now subject to a rule that went into affect a couple of weeks ago. This would force the Green campaign to get rid of $182,000 worth of PAC money.
This is ridiculous on so many levels.
Imagine if you were driving down the interstate going the posted speed limit of 65 MPH and one of the interstate cameras clocked you going the speed limit. Tomorrow, someone passes a law stating that 55 MPH is the new speed limit. The state police then decided to go back to take a look at the cameras and each and every person going 65 MPH the previous day are now in violation of the new law and were sent a speeding ticket.
Imagine the outrage!
As I stated previously, this is ridiculous on so many levels.
Have state election laws now become a moving target?
By the looks of this scorecard- the election laws are a moving target.
The Green campaign transfers the PAC funds- Green is following the law
The State elections board passes a new rule- Green is breaking the law
The legislature suspends the new rule- Green is following the law
The legislative session ends- Green is now breaking the law again
All of this has taken place on one single transaction from January of 2005. Clearly there are alot of open ended questions when it comes to this rule.
This accusation by Mike McCabe, from Wisconsin Democracy Campaign was nothing but a political cheap shot. McCabe saw an opportunity to take a cheap shot and he took it.
The good news is that the AP did not seem to be buying into this one. From the AP article- “Ron Sklansky, a lawyer for the Legislature, said it's unclear if that's true. He predicted any attempt to enforce the rule by the board could end up in litigation.”
Ron Sklansky is right, it would end up in court and it is a pretty safe bet that any decent judge would toss this one out!
If Mike McCabe is truly interested in eliminating special interest money from politics, perhaps he should take a look at WEAC and the Indian tribes with their millions of dollars for Doyle.
H/T Jenna @ Right off the Shore