The Boston Herald called out the “king of the Hill” Senator Ed Markey’s double standard today when they highlighted his call for campaign finance reform while, at the same time, happily collecting
millions from outside lobbying firms.
“Senator Ed Markey represents everything that is wrong in Washington. Senator Markey has spent 38 years hoodwinking the people of the Commonwealth, and he clearly has no problem taking money hand over fist while trying to pawn himself off as a champion of campaign finance,” said Kirsten Hughes, MassGOP chairman. “It’s time to elect new leadership in this state — leadership that puts people first not politics.”
Cashman: Dems bank on hypocrisy in fundraising
The Boston Herald
By, Jaclyn Cashman
“Check your spam email. U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey is pushing for campaign finance reform and asking supporters to help put an end to billionaires like the Koch brothers swaying elections.
“Yes, the same Ed Markey who is king of the Hill when it comes to collecting campaign cash from registered D.C. lobbyists.
“Yet, he’s attacking the “big, bad” Republican donors and not their wealthy Democratic counterparts.
“In an email yesterday, Markey said, “Ever since Citizens United became the law of the land, two billionaire brothers have loomed large in American politics. Their names are Charles and David Koch, and thanks in part to the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ve spent to influence our elections, we now run the risk of seeing our democracy become an auction. I’m joining with some of my colleagues to support campaign finance reform and Koch-free elections. Click here to add your name to ours.”
“The Koch brothers have written plenty of checks to Democratic candidates including President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer.
They have even influenced races in Massachusetts. Koch Industries donated $1,000 to Niki Tsongas’ campaign in 2010, according to opensecrets.org.”
“The DCCC raised a record $11.5 million in July, outraising the National Republican Congressional Committee by $3.5 million. So are we to believe that none of that money came in from wealthy Americans trying to keep Dems in Washington?
“Of course not! Both parties rely on big corporations and deep-pocketed donors to help fund their campaigns. The Democrats have just done a better job of vilifying the other side.”
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