Senator Joe McPherson, democrat, has been an opponent of the Jindal administration’s effort toward ethics reform claiming there was not enough attention to campaign finance laws. In The Advocate, McPherson refers to this issue as legal corruption.
If you follow the money in some campaigns you will understand the ongoing concerns over this issue. The only problem with McPherson’s comment is that quid pro quo needs to be addressed with his fellow democrats as well.
Garnering campaign contributions is the single most challenging aspect of a campaign. Candidates are humbled daily as they ask family, friends, associates and frequent contributors to donate money. Without the money, their campaign comes to a grinding halt. It takes money to do anything in a campaign. Big money.
Few individuals will argue about the quid pro quo unless they are the contributors who give large expecting something in return. Candidates know full well that large contributions require extra attention to the source/donor. Following the money and connecting the dots is a full time job. The ethics commission should have a seperate investigative unit of researchers who crank out the connections of donors to candidates.
Fall 2008 elections will be quite revealing in the Red Stick with the mayoral race. Mayor-President Kip Holden shows some interesting contributions and expenditures which contain the makings of a good political novel. Watch for more over the coming months.
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican