I don’t want to flog a dead horse here, of course. Or mercilessly whack an unacknowledged error. But one more point on the Lieberman-Enron-American Prospect micro-scandal.
We’ve noted that it is quite legitimate to say that contributor X gave money to candidate Y if contributor X gave money to contributor Y’s ‘leadership PAC.’
And what, again, is a ‘leadership PAC’? It’s basically a modern, campaign finance law approved, patronage engine. Big pols get money on their own name and then dole it out to other pols — primarily smaller fry — to get various chits, gratitutde, and other favors.
Here’s an example: Joe Lieberman’s leadership PAC, Responsibility Opportunity Community PAC, aka ROC PAC.
Saying money to ROC PAC is money to Joe Lieberman? Accurate and totally fair.
Saying money to the NDN is money to Joe Lieberman? False and unfair.