RNC Sues to Change Campaign Finance Restrictions

The Republican Party's latest gripe involves legislation drafted by, of all people, John McCain.

Republican National Committee Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan said Wednesday that he wants the courts to eliminate restrictions on coordinated spending by national parties and federal candidates and to permit the national organizations to raise money for state parties.

Duncan said he planned to file suits Thursday in federal courts in Washington D.C. and in Louisiana. His goal, he said was to "strengthen the Republican Party and bring a more level playing field to campaign finance."

Duncan complains that the RNC's inability to coordinate with its candidates causes "results where candidates are often upset with the message that is going out." When the Party has to guess at the candidate's message (or when, as in McCain's case, the candidate doesn't speak for the campaign), it's easy to see how a conflict could arise. The remedy: nominate candidates who have a clear message.

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    Boo.Hoo.Hoo. (none / 0) (#1)
    by Angel on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 08:29:04 PM EST

    Remember when (none / 0) (#2)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 09:13:49 PM EST
    They used to oppose "legislating from the bench."  Now they like it, because of course, it's the only place left where they have a majority.

    And that's (none / 0) (#4)
    by cal1942 on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 09:37:55 PM EST
    been their objective all along.  They accuse the other side of doing what they're doing.

    Leveling the playing field? (none / 0) (#3)
    by digdugboy on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 09:21:45 PM EST
    There's a laugh. Obama's success with online fundraising means that the republicans, who cannot match that, should be allowed to compete with fatcat donations. Sure.

    picky, picky, picky! (none / 0) (#5)
    by cpinva on Wed Nov 12, 2008 at 10:45:04 PM EST
    The remedy: nominate candidates who have a clear message.

    if they actually did that, who (besides a drunken few) would ever vote for them?