Now they’re troubled by section 527 of the IRS code. Now that the tables have been turned and Democrats are beginning to swiftboat (we use that term loosely) Republicans with facts.
Senate President David Williams and Senator Damon Thayer are up in arms over the Bluegrass Freedom Fund’s barrage of advertisements during the recently passed general election. The ads, you’ll recall, trashed Ernie Fletcher with truths about indictments and scandal. One of those ads is still above the masthead of this very website.
Thayer says he’s preparing to file legislation that will require greater reporting and revelations about 527 financiers. But. Uh. There’s kind of a problem here: 527s are governed by federal statute, not state. And 527s are loved and defended by people like Mitch McConnell. (AKA money equals free speech) So we’re pretty sure nothing’s gonna change to drastically alter current reporting guidelines. Sure Kentucky can pass restrictions but come on. Let’s see who whines the most throughout the next several weeks. Bet dollars to donuts that it’s the Swiftboaters who will turn right around in 2008 to trash Democratic Senate and Presidential nominees. Just betting.
Where were David and Damon in 2004 when Republicans like Jim Patterson (not the author) were spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth? Incalculable damage was done by their hatred and lies. Where were they in 2006 when it was revealed that Steve Henry had broken the law? Neither would pay attention until lawsuits were filed and stories were written by Ryan Alessi in 2007– they totally blew us off. Now that Ernest Lee is toast they’re livid. Bruised egos? What?
Too little too late, boys. Way too little. Way too late.