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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Hail the PAC 

MoveOn.org: Democracy in Action

Moveon's latest ad is available at the link above. It directly compares Kerry's record with that of Bush. When I first watched it, I thought it was an excellent ad, but I don't think Kerry's people will rally behind it. Not that it is in any way something they need to shirk, but because they want to let others make this kind of statement, while they remain officially aloof from it. I have no problem with that, but I can see how it will agitate the right.

I can hear Limbaugh now in that phony bass-voice he uses. "Kerry is sending out the attack dogs and pretending that he doesn't want to benefit from it."

The problem is that it might also turn off the moderate undecideds. Not on an intellectual level, but at an emotional level.

My second reaction, as the video played, was - how can they do this as a 527? Then at the end they announce that it was paid for by the Moveon PAC.

That's great news. A PAC is allowed to promote candidates. 527s can only promote broad ideas, like ABB. But it's a little worrisome also. It means that donations can no longer be tax deductible. If you give money to the Moveon PAC, it is not money that you can declare for a write-off on your 2004 tax return come next April.


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