Just when you thought Democrats might be headed in the right direction on super PACs, Politico reports that Democratic leaders in the Senate are donating from their leadership PACs to Majority PAC, the super PAC that supports Democratic candidates for the Senate.
According to Politico, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Barbara Boxer gave $450,000 to Majority PAC from their own leadership PACs, and I suspect Republicans won’t be far behind.
This latest development should erase any doubt that the supposed independence of these super PACs from the campaigns and candidates they support is a complete joke. And it’s particularly disappointing that Democrats are providing the latest punch line.
As the Politico story notes:
Democrats have been walking a fine line of publicly opposing super PACs while privately acting as boosters of the group. Reid and Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have all attended Majority PAC fundraisers in New York, Chicago, Phoenix and other cities.
Some might feel it is too much to ask either major political party to actually behave in a way that is consistent with their stated beliefs. In this instance, that certainly appears to be the case with Democratic Leadership.