| Termed out Assemblyman looks to spread cash with treasurer "campaign account"
by Brian Leubitz
I love it when people are honest. I particularly love it when they say things that most people don't dare to actually mention. So, hats off to Asm. Dan Logue for admitting that his "campaign" for treasurer is actually a fundraising trick to allow big donors to double give money to Republican extremists:
Logue acknowledged that his setup could allow donors to essentially donate to GOP candidates twice -- once directly and once through a transfer of funds given to his campaign account -- circumventing campaign contribution limits. But he said he saw the move as necessary to protect the interests of businesses.
"I am absolutely terrified that the Democratic majority is going to dismantle the business formula in Sacramento and make it even worse than it is now," he said. "So I'm really committed to making sure small business has a voice in Sacramento, and this is how I'm doing it."(SacBee)
In case you forgot Logue, he's the guy that worked very diligently to get Prop 23 on the ballot. You know, the one that would have ditched our landmark climate change legislation. Logue likes to look at businesses and corporation as pure good in the world. Which is awesome for him, becuase that sounds like a great way to live.
However, in the real world, we need regulations to protect our environment, consumers, and our general safety. But, Logue is all-in on his worldview, so no surprise that he's looking to any and all techniques that can help him out.
For better or worse, our campaign finance system has more holes than a good Emmental cheese. This is just one of them, and elected officials from both parties use the trick. But, credit where credit is due, Logue told the truth about his plan to circumvent the finance restrictions with the loophole.
But, as the adage goes, don't hate the player, hate the game.
Photo credit: photobucket user AmRivCn2-. . Logue is in the upper left, supporting Tom McClintock's 2008 congressional campaign.