John Kerry’s complaint with the FEC about the activities of the Swiftboat Vets For Truth is laughable. The argument, as I understand it, is that because the group accepted a couple hundred thousand bucks from rich Republicans, the Swiftees must be cooperating with the Republican Party in violation of election law.
Thanks to OpenSecrets.org, we can see who is really taking money from who and for what:
|Committee||Total Receipts||Total Expenditures|
|Joint Victory Campaign 2004|
|America Coming Together|
|Service Employees International Union|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees|
|New Democrat Network|
|Club for Growth|
Of the top ten monied 527 Committees above, only one, the Club For Growth, donated significantly to Republican candidates or causes. In fact, the top three 527s on the list are the de facto fundraising wing of the Democratic Party. So complaints about the few hundred thou the Swiftees are throwing at John Kerry are stunningly hypocritical.
The Democrats are screaming about the Swiftees because they’re dealing with something more powerful than money: The truth.