-- DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, April 6, 2011 --
Well, that's honorable. So did Mr. Kaine, when he was DNC chair, "agree with or believe" in taking lobbyist campaign money? Here he is, on April 28, 2010, bragging about the fact that the Democratic National Committee had banned lobbyist cash under his leadership:
Fundraising has been strong. And I want to point out ... [that] fundraising has been strong despite the fact that for the first time the DNC does not take money from [political action committees] or from federally registered lobbyists. That was a significant portion of our budget before I became chair. We are completely funded off individual contributions now, and yet we have been successful enough to be able to put unprecedented resources onto the field. [emphasis mine]Looks like Kaine is a strong supporter of the ban on lobbyist campaign donations.
Unlike DNC, Kaine will take money from PACs, lobbyists for Senate bidTim Kaine. Against lobbyist money before he was for it.
By Ben Pershing, Washington Post
Newsflash — Timothy M. Kaine’s Senate campaign will accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees.
Actually, that shouldn’t be news at all. Nearly every candidate for Congress does the same.
But what makes Kaine a bit different is that he is running to succeed retiring Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) fresh off a stint as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. And the DNC under Kaine’s watch — at the behest of President Obama — did not accept donations from PACs and registered lobbyists.
Now that he’s running for Senate — and not working for Obama anymore — a Kaine campaign official confirms that he will be taking those contributions. [link]
So how does he resolve this conflict? By doing the Democrat Shuffle. From a Kaine spokesperson quoted in the Post article:
"As a candidate, Governor Kaine has always welcomed lawful donations from anyone who shares his vision for progress for Virginia and the nation. No donors get special treatment and none ... [blah blah blah]" [emphasis mine again]
Tim Kaine has always been accepting of lobbyist campaign cash.
Is he lying about all this? Not necessarily.
Is he a weasel?
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Oh, my. Kaine has already lost the loony left when it comes to Big Donors' Big Money. An MSNBC talk show host, writing for Daily Kos a few months ago, is not happy about this. Try to get past the whining:
Should Tim Kaine Be Fired?And now, having adopted that same strategy of "serving corporate America" (as long as the evil monsters "share his vision for progress for Virginia ...") in his run for the Senate, Kaine accepts that which he wouldn't accept a few months ago.
By Cenk Uygur
When Howard Dean was the chair of the DNC, the Democrats were getting crushing victories. As soon as he left, the losses started piling up. Yes, circumstances also matter. When Dean was chair, it was easy to blame Republicans but now the Democrats own the national problems. Before the economy was the Republicans' problem, now it's the Democrats'.
But tactics also matter. Tim Kaine seems to be running the reverse 50 state strategy -- we can lose anywhere in the country. So, what's he doing wrong? He's gone back to the old days at the DNC, where all you do is raise money and hope that you can win without a message. This is principally the Rahm Emanuel strategy -- cave in to lobbyists, collect their money, choke off Republican fundraising efforts by better serving corporate America and win elections by outspending the opposition. The only problem is that it doesn't work. [emphasis mine]
Kaine should be fired for choosing the wrong strategy and getting the wrong results. [link]
Wondering by now just where Tim Kaine really is on all this?