Thursday, September 07, 2006

Help Me Understand This....

I pay some attention to politics - but not as much as I probably should. Politics usually end up pissing me off, and it's very hard to have a civil discussion with people involved in politics, because they let their views cloud their judgment, and you get nowhere with anything.

And then there's just plain old stupid. I just read this article. And here's what I got out of it.

1. Mark Green, the Republican candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, is being told to return over $400,000 of campaign money. He either has to return this money to the contributors, to a state fund that feeds schools, or IRS approved charities.

2. This money that is supposed to be returned is money currently in his state campaign fund. It came from money in another account of his, which was used for a congressional campaign of Green's.

So far, I'm not confused.

3. Green has to return the money because a state election board just voted on the 'legality' of the money. A rule was put into place in January of 2005, making it NOT possible to transfer funds from one campaign account to another.

4. Green transferred the money BEFORE THE RULE CAME INTO EFFECT.

5. Incumbent democrat Governor Jim Doyle has launched an ad campaign stating:
...that Green was "just found breaking Wisconsin law, illegally accepting donations from the special interests he votes for in Congress."

Okay, now I'm confused.

The election board ( which are mostly Doyle appointees ) has always had a large jurisdiction over money that is used for running for office. So I wonder this.... if he transferred money before the rule came into effect, why does he have to return it? And how can Doyle say that what Green did was illegal?

In 2001, then candidate Tom Barrett transferred money from his campaign war-chests, and was approved of unanimously by the election board. Yes, this was before the rule, so it makes sense that they would allow it.

Green did it BEFORE THE RULE TOO!!! So how the fuck is this illegal?

If they pass a law that says I can't stand in my front yard without a shirt on... then I understand that if I do stand there with no shirt on, I'll get arrested. But they can't go back in time and say that I'm in trouble for being in my yard with no shirt on back in July.

This is one of the many examples of why I hate politicians.

4 Comments:

At 8:29 AM, Blogger Nick said...

A lot of people are confused on this. The vote on the election board was also strictly down party lines. Frankly, I think it's a lot of political bullshit.

The ONLY thing that might make this different than the Barret case, is that the money that he is being told must be returned was from contributors that aren't registered in the state of Wisconsin.

Green actually transfered a lot more than he is being asked to give back. The money he has to return is from those unregistered donors.

The timing is very suspicious though... as any appeal wouldn't be decided until after the election. A lot of good that would do Green huh?

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger ptg said...

fuckin' politics. those damn liberals.

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Collin said...

I do find it quite humorous that when someone on the left side of the fence does something wrong, Democrats seem to just shrug their shoulders. But when anyone on the right does (or doesn't) do something wrong, it's as if they're killing babies?

In fact, why aren't they more upset about some of the more important things in our world? Milwaukee's current state of violence and corruption?

And why is it that they only seem to blame things on people and say what's wrong, but NEVER do or say anything to make it right? If it's such a great and idealistic Democratic party, where's the ideas?

Political rant, out.

 
At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Colleen K said...

Way to go! I agree completely.

 

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