Sunday, June 22, 2008

Obama & Aubertine on Campaign Finance Reform: Too Weak To Change America

This week Senator Obama broke his word and he has chosen to forgo public finance for the general election. Obama is the first presidential nominee to deny public financing since Watergate. It was an interesting political move for Obama, and surprisingly much criticism was leveled by the mainstream media against their liberal idol. Obama’s decision will be sure to have national political repercussions, but it will also directly affect New York State and local politicos like Senator Darrel Aubertine.

As you may know, a number of New York government groups are calling for reform of the state’s campaign finance laws. Those groups include: the League of Women Voters of New York State, the New York Public Interest Research Group and Common Cause.
Several days ago Tom Wanamaker of the Watertown Daily Times wrote,

“In a recent press conference, Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director for the League of Women Voters of New York State, said that two bills recently proposed by Gov. David A. Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, are meaningless.

‘These are 'cover your butt' measures,’ Ms. Bartoletti said. ‘They would be serious proposals had they been raised in January. But there's been none of what passes for negotiation in Albany. They have no chance of passage.’

Thus, she said, the League decided to make public its proposal to highlight the need for major reform in how the political campaigns in New York are funded.”

Even on Meet the Press today, U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) acknowledged that any chance at meaningful campaign finance reform went down the drain with Obama’s latest flip on the public financing system. So now that Senator Obama has ruined any real chance at reform, it will be interesting to see if either of these three groups listed above will stick up for real reform and call Obama to task for his latest Machiavellian maneuver.

What is even more interesting will be Senator Darrel Aubertine’s reaction to this stunt. Will these New York groups call on Aubertine to call for real reform and oppose Obama on forgoing the public finance system he agreed to several months back.

If Aubertine refuses or stays silent on this issue, it only makes him look like a follower within the Democratic Party, too weak and unprepared to call for real change in our political system. Then again, it wouldn’t be news to the Good Old Boys that Aubertine is unwilling to challenge his party or Barack Obama. We have claimed all along that Aubertine is just a poser for bipartisanship in Albany. We all know that Aubertine is just another politician beholden to the interests of downstate NY.

Meanwhile, Senator John McCain risked his political career to offer real bipartisan reform in national politics by working with Democratic Senator Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform.


Anonymous said...

If Aubertine has any personal integrity he'll speak out against Obama's latest political stunt.

Lindsay Graham said it best today: Obama has one goal and one goal only, winning the election; not "changing" the country.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness we have someone like David Renzi who can run against Aubertine. This story doesn't even reach the surface of my level of frustration with the Democratic Party.

The National Democratic Party threw Hillary under the bus, and as a woman I am going to encourage everyone I know that supported Hillary to go with the Republicans at all levels of the ticket this November.

Go McCain and Renzi.

Anonymous said...

nast, you're just a partisan shill. quiz: which presidential candidate made campaign finance reform his signature issue, got his own name on the damn law, and then summarily turned his back on all of it with a, erm, "creative" public financing-loan scheme that completely undermines the system and is garnering lawsuits! hint: it's not obama.

Anonymous said...

anonymous 12:12,
i strongly disagree that the democratic party "threw hilary under the bus". in fact, hilary had most of the party establishment solidly behind her at the start of the primary campaign; but obama just plain beat her fair and square. we democrats were fortunate to have had three fantastic candidates in the race -- any one of them would have represented our party proudly.

Anonymous said...

When will any of the reporters ask Aubertine what he thinks of Obama flip-flopping on his promise to take public financing for the general presidential election?

Does Aubertine think that Obama's move will tank any chance at Campaign Finance Reform measures put forth in the NYS Senate?

The media here is too afraid to ask these important, tough questions. Its okay though because people who follow the news and politics know that Aubertine is just a pawn for the liberal Democrats from downstate. We need to work together to oust this guy. He's no good for us.