The Washington Post, intentionally or unintentionally, lays bare the absurdity of inviting Karl Rove, the head of a pro-Romney super PAC, to candidate Mitt Romney’s fundraising spectacle in Park City, Utah this weekend:
The actual rule on coordination between campaigns and interest groups is quite narrow and permeable through a bevy of loopholes. Romney is allowed to talk to groups working on his behalf and even raise money for them, something he’s done several times. The only thing he’s not allowed to do is talk about the strategy for spending money boosting his candidacy or attacking President Obama.
At the retreat, Rove simply has to avoid listening to any of the talk about campaign strategy to stay in the clear.
“Avoid listening” to talk about campaign strategy? Setting and discussing campaign strategy is ostensibly the entire purpose of the retreat, billed as “two days of policy sessions and campaign strategy discussions at the Deer Valley resort for more than 100 top fundraisers and their spouses.” The retreat will also feature GOP heavies like Paul Ryan, John Thune, and Bobby Jindal.
Rove’s attendance at this boondoggle proves not only that the regulations prohibiting coordination are a joke, but that the entity tasked with enforcing them, the FEC, is a national embarrassment.