OK, I get it. Terry McAuliffe’s supporters don’t like it when others criticize McAuliffe’s past as the Democratic Party’s fundraiser in chief. My message to them: deal with it.
The fact is that the nation’s campaign finance system is broken. Virginia, with no limits on campaign contributions, allows the very wealthy to have a bigger microphone than the rest of us. As a Democrat, that’s antithetical to everything I believe our party stands for. In my opinion, Virginia’s system is among the worst in the country.
But back to McAuliffe. To me he personifies what’s wrong with our government-up-for-auction political culture. It was not just his role as the go-to guy for the Clintons — see Lincoln bedroom auction, Chinese Temple auction, Mark Rich pardon auction, Hillary’s Senate and Presidential runs — but it’s also his approach in this governor’s campaign, too.
As I reported last night, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, McAuliffe raised more money than anyone else. He’s raised it from out of state and in huge chunks. In the first quarter, McAuliffe raised more money than McDonnell, Moran and Deeds combined.
That’s why if we nominate McAuliffe to run against McDonnell, the McAuliffe’s role in our broken campaign financing system will be front and center. Videos like the ones below will be plentiful. As for me, I’m still trying to decide between Deeds and Moran. Any suggestions?