Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Suppose you’re a politician who accepts campaign donations. Turns out, one of your donors is a bad egg. What do you do with that money?
If you keep it, you are guilty by association. If you give it back, the bad egg will donate it to your opponent to use against you.
“After the Las Vegas shooting on October 1, State Rep. Erin Murphy, a fellow DFL candidate for governor, called on [Rep. Tim] Walz to return the $18,000 in campaign contributions he has received from the NRA over the course of his political career. Walz agreed, and plans to donate the funds to a veterans’ organization.” Nothing against veterans, but why them? Why not victims of the Las Vegas shooting?
The Democrat National Committee received $300,000 from accused sex abuser Harvey Weinstein. It will forward $30,000 of that money to Emily’s List (supports candidates who favor abortion rights), Emerge America (trains Democrat women for office) and HigherHeights (supports Black women running for office). Basically, Democrats are forwarding the money to their own constituencies. Why them? Why not a group working with survivors of sexual assault? And why only tithe 10%, how is that enough to purge their guilt-by-association when others must return all the money?
If the money is so tainted that you are stained the moment you touch it, then forwarding the money to a favored group doesn’t cleanse you of the stain, it makes you a middleman helping spread the stain to others. Either keep it or give it back, but don’t try to convince me that money-laundering makes you righteous. That’s just insulting.
They’re OK with that.