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Friday, October 06, 2006

Senator Feingold ACTs up

According to this piece in Roll Call ($$$), Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) has been desperately trying to rent the mailing list of Americans Coming Together (ACT), the pro-Democratic "527" that was so influential (if ultimately unsuccessful) in 2004.

Although ACT rents its list out regularly, apparently it has refused to rent the list to Feingold, despite repeated requests. According to a source cited in Roll Call, ACT has turned Feingold down for the rather obvious reason that Feingold has tried repeatedly to put ACT and other "527s" out of business:
"Feingold's not a friendly person to 527s. He basically said 'Stop what you're doing, we want to shut you down,' but now it's 'You guys are incredible, I'm willing to take part of your gravy.'"

Some will call this hypocrisy on Feingold's part, but to me it smacks more of self-righteousness and arrogance. You see, Feingold only wants to use ACT's resources for good, not for evil special interests pleading. And that makes all the difference.

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