For longer than I have been alive there are thousands of coaches each year who have told hundreds of thousands of players to “Get out there and hustle.” When Pete Rose was playing baseball his nickname was “Charlie Hustle” because of his aggressive all-out style of play. So when a football coach tells his team to “hustle” he is not instructing them to fake a field goal.
I don’t think Democrats ever played sports. They seem familiar with the other kind of hustle.
I found that tweet following links from a story about the brutal unmanning of Manu Raju by the thuggish Martha McSally. Women who watched that video clutched their pearls. Men who watched it clutched their balls. Poor Manu.
CNN reacted with shock and horror at the unjustified emasculation of their friend. The announcers at CNN knew they had to report the atrocity so that the world would know. So they made a story out of it, and the story went viral.
Shortly thereafter, someone in McSally’s camp registered the domain, LiberalHack.com and her re-election campaign was capitalizing on the quip.
Oh, the humanity! (insert ‘eyeroll’ emoji here)
Anyhoo, I was looking at the picture in that tweet and these words caught my eye:
“No corporate PACs
Just people like you.”
My first thought when I read that was “Gee Mark, people like me don’t donate to people like you.” Then I thought about what dishonest and total bullshit the “no corporate PACs” thing is. The ad is for Mark Kelly who is a Democrat but just about every candidate in both parties makes the same claim. “No corporate money.”
What is a “corporate PAC?” Corporations may not donate directly to a PAC, and PACs are limited to $5,000 per year in how much they can donate to a candidate. That’s small money. The big money is in the independent expenditures. That was what Citizens United was all about- SCOTUS struck down limits on independent expenditures. How do you turn down an independent expenditure?
Here’s the other part of the ‘no corps’ pledge: Money is fungible.
When the law says a corporation may not do something, that does not mean that the people who own the corporation can’t do it as individuals. So if you say you won’t take money from corporations does that mean you won’t take money from the people who own the corporations?
That’s a lot of people, even if you limit it to major shareholders. And unlike me, they are exactly the kind of people who would donate to Mark Kelly.
You want to impress me, Mark? Refuse to accept donations from anyone who is not a legal resident of Arizona. It doesn’t seem right to spend four years harping about “Russian meddling” and then turn around meddle in an election in a different state’s elections.
But wait! There’s more!
If you click on the link under the picture it will magically transport you thru the miracle of the internets to a page with a header that says:
Except that is not Mark Kelly’s home page. It’s a page at ActBlue, the lefty PAC.
You can also see these words:
Help send Mark Kelly to the United States Senate!
We need someone representing Arizona who leads with science, data, and facts. Mark is a veteran combat pilot, an engineer, and an astronaut who has devoted his life to public service. Now he’s running for the US Senate to improve people’s lives. Mark refuses to accept corporate PAC money, which means his campaign is fueled by grassroots donors. He can’t do it without you.
Chip in now to send a message to the corporate special interests and support a better future for Arizona.
Reading that made me feel so patriotic I had to stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. After the stuff I quoted there is some mumbo jumbo that you certify that you aren’t a Russian agent and that Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself, but off to the side all by itself is this sentence:
Your contribution will benefit Mark Kelly.
Now if you were a Democrat and therefore gullible, and you saw that ad posted in Tweeter thread, and you were horrified at the callous thuggishness of Martha McSally and the way she shredded poor Manu’s boy parts and you wanted to donate to the thuggish Martha McSally’s challenger, you might click on the link which directed to a link that brought you to this donation page, you might take out your credit, debit, and/or EBT card and make a donation.
After hitting print screen and posting your evidence of the donation on social media (gotta virtue signal) you might feel pretty good about yourself. Except you didn’t donate to Mark Kelly, you donated to ActBlue. It’s a great hustle.
ActBlue is a non-profit PAC. (Aren’t they all non-profit?) (The Clinton Foundation was a non-profit too.) ActBlue is totally pro-Democrat and they raise money strictly for Democrats but they are totally not affiliated with the Democrat Party. ActBlue will accept donations on a candidate’s behalf, but they skim off a fee (aka “the vig”) for handling the transaction. But they also raise money for themselves. A lot of money.
Whenever there is some new outrageous tweet or statement or action by Donald Trump, ActBlue is there, fundraising. But when your business model is raising money from outrage you tend to see a lot more things as outrageous. You might even be tempted to gin up outrage, or stage it, or even fake it.
I believe it was Hillary Clinton who said, “Public service and be a very enriching experience.” So can political consulting and operating PACs, charities and other non-profits. Just ask Pope Frankie. His solid gold toilet didn’t come from bingo.