Musings —01.25.2013 12:37 PM—
Rob Ford wins his appeal, so my earlier prediction was wrong.
But the Divisional Court is wrong, too.
By accepting the notion that a politician can set up a private fundraising vehicle – and direct lobbyists to donate to it, and control how it spends money – the judges have created the opening the Right wing have been lusting after for years: US-style PACs to get around spending limits. Political slush funds, now cheerfully sanctioned by the Divisional Court.
If the Right does it (and they will), then we progressives will have no choice but to do likewise. PACs will be everywhere.
The significance of today’s decision isn’t simply that a bumbling boor remains in office. Its broader significance is that one of the rules of democracy has been changed.
And in a way that none of us want.