Ah, my droogies: let me show you the wickedness of the world. Or at least the wickedness of Jeanne Shaheen’s reelection campaign.
- It all started when this rather bizarre post went up on the Jeanne Shaheen website (don’t worry, safe link). You look at that, and you think to yourself: That looks a lot like the framework of an ad – complete with stock photos! – that the Shaheen campaign would very much like a third-party group to grab and turn into an actual campaign commercial, only the campaign can’t actually say that.
- And the reason why you would think that is because that’s what it is. You see, candidates cannot coordinate with third party political Super-PACs, thanks to the amazingly bizarre and remarkably pointless regulatory regime that we like to call ‘campaign finance reform.’ But as that link shows, there’s nothing stopping campaigns from putting up public ‘Important Messages,’ and then looking surprised when a third-party group turns that message into a campaign ad. (more…)