Campaign finance reform was a fraud foisted on congress and the people by left wing organizations.
According to the New York Post article there is a tape of a conference held at USCâââs Annenberg School for communications, in March of 2004, that shows Sean Treglia speaking to a gathering of academics, experts, and journalists (none of whom, apparently, ever wrote about his remarks) on how Pew and other left wing foundations plotted to create a fake grassroots movement to fool Congress.
“Iâââm going to tell you a story I never told any reporter,ââ? Treglia says on the tape. ââÅNow that Iâââm several months away from Pew and we have campaign-finance reform, I can tell the story.ââ?
Here is a summary of that story:
Charged with promoting campaign-finance reform when joining Pew in the mid 1990s, Treglia came up with a three pronged strategy:
1) Pursue an expansive agenda through incremental reforms
2) Pay for a handful of ââÅexpertsââ? all over the country with foundation money
3) Create fake businesses, minority, and religious groups to pound the table for reform.
ââÅThe target group for all this activity was 535 people in Washington,ââ? Treglia says âââ 100 in the Senate, 435 in the House. “The idea was to create an impression that a mass movement was afoot âââ that everywhere they looked, in academic institutions, in the business community, in religious groups, in ethnic groups, everywhere, people were talking about reform.”
Of course Treglia is now trying to deny ever saying the above. I encourage you to read the whole article by following the link above.
The article goes on to list a host of Left wing groups that donated 123 million dollars towards this effort. What did they buy? For starters, a bunch of supposedly independent pro-reform groups, with names you may have heard in the press: the Center for Public Integrity, the William J. Brennan Center for Justice, Democracy 21 and so on.
But worse yet! Favorable press coverage! Yup! Just like they were screaming about the White House doing recently. Obviously journalists are used to being paid for positive coverage.
According to a piece in Opinion Journal
Mr. Treglia admits that campaign-finance supporters had to try to hoodwink Congress because “they had lost legitimacy inside Washington because they didn’t have a constituency that would punish Congress if they didn’t vote for reform.”
But the results were spectacular. Not only did the effort succeed in bulldozing Congress and President Bush, but it might have played a role in persuading the Supreme Court, which had previously ruled against broad restrictions on political speech, to declare McCain-Feingold constitutional in 2003 on a 5-4 vote. “You will see that almost half the footnotes relied on by the Supreme Court in upholding the law are research funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts,” Mr. Treglia boasted
The successful stealth campaign by the eight liberal foundations means we now have to live in the Brave New World of McCain-Feingold.