Thursday, October 19, 2006

Out from under the bus!

The Schlesinger Campaign is on a roll! We've had a great week and want to enthusiastically thank our many supporters for that. We wouldn't be where we are today without you!

On Monday, the 16th, we had our first debate against our worthy opponents Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont. Mr. Schlesinger made everyone on his team extremely proud. He hit a home run in the debate. It was voiced all over Connecticut that he was the undeniable winner. On the 18th our second debate was filmed. It was again, very successful. Mr. Schlesinger was the clear winner between all five candidates represented.

Since both debates aired we have been getting overwhelming support from across the state. Everyday we get 100's of calls, e-mails, and letters from our wonderful supporters congratulating Mr. Schlesinger on his debate wins and on his campaign, which is centered around telling the truth to the Connecticut voters and offering real solutions to the problems facing our state and country.

We're all very excited for the 3rd debate, which will be held on Monday, the 23rd, at the Garde Arts Center in New London. It will be broadcast nationwide on ABC. We hope everyone tunes in to hear all three candidates voice their opinions!

-Elissa V. : )


Blogger popomus said...

I created a lovely anti-Lieberman commercial; could you please post? Enjoy:

I can also send it to you as .wmv format or host it on my own site as wmv & qt - just let me know.

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Blogger KMTOK said...

Government Groups: Close Lieberman's Petty Cash Loophole
by Matt Stoller, Tue Oct 24, 2006 at 08:34:10 PM EST
(hat tip on the picture to Billmon)
If a Senator put $387,000 in cash out on the streets in the final two weeks before the election - we're talking cash here - and then failed to disclose where it went to reporters or anyone else by using the petty cash account, wouldn't you think that good government groups who care about campaign finance laws and disclosure would be slightly interested? I would. Yet since Lieberman revealed this on his FEC forms late last week, only the Lamont campaign has been willing to file an FEC complaint.
If Lieberman gets away with this, FEC laws are effectively meaningless, and so are state election laws. I'm frankly surprised that a scandal of this magnitude is going largely ignored by Democrats, Republicans supporting Alan Schlesinger, and good government groups across the spectrum. Can you imagine if Bob Menendez did this in New Jersey ? The good government groups would be all over it. Or Tom Kean Jr? You'd see a press conference with Reid and Schumer the next day. And yet, because it's Joe Lieberman, he's handing out hundreds of thousands in cold hard cash before the primary to undisclosed individuals, there's no outside groups calling foul. Still, we're all in this together, which means that if Lieberman is allowed to shovel hundreds of thousands of dollars without consequence through his petty cash account, then next cycle you're going to see every Senate, House, and Presidential campaign use it to avoid disclosure requirements. Their claim can simply be 'Lieberman did it', and they will be absolutely right.
Where are the good government groups? Common Cause? CREW? Democracy 21? Public Campaign? Public Citizen? Any one of them could file a complaint with the FEC. Any one of them could file a complaint with the state board of elections. Here's information on how to do it. This is a really really bad precedent to allow to be set.
Since my encounter with the FEC during the 'should we regulate blog' episode, I've become mixed on campaign finance laws. I tend to think that public financing of campaigns makes a lot more sense than the pay-to-play system we have right now. But I am an absolute believer in disclosure, that's just a no-brainer.
Allowing large amounts of untraceable cash through the petty cash loophole onto the streets is unabashedly a bad thing. It should be illegal, but even if it's not, it should be strongly discouraged by good government groups.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Marc said...

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue . . . it must be said 'the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.' (Second Inaugural Address of Abraham Lincoln on Saturday 04 Mar 1865) / (Psalm 19:9)

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