Larry Mantle |

Do the ends justify the means with anonymous contributions and earmarks?

Friday morning on AirTalk, we talked about the internal Democratic Party debate over whether to use outside groups to cultivate anonymous contributions reminds me of the battle over earmarks.

With contributions, the competing factions are arguing over whether the reality of how much money such groups could raise is worth the loss of consistency in message that the party would undoubtedly suffer.  Those against turning these groups loose say they’d rather have wealthy Democratic donors fund more robust policy think tanks, rather than campaigns. 

With earmarks, you have politicians getting in line to bash them as fiscally irresponsible, while turning around to try to get special funding for interests in their districts.

The arguments are similar – if these are the rules, then that’s how we’ll play the game.