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Obama Opts Out Of Public Financing

lucyfootball.thumbnail.jpgObama has opted out of public financing. Which is really the only sensible thing he could do, unless he thinks the broken FCC and the duplicitous McCain are going to somehow magically change overnight.

McCain opted into the public financing system for the primary, then when it didn’t suit his purposes he opted out. When FCC chairman David Mason said McCain couldn’t just do that without the permission of the FCC, Bush had Mason removed. Like every other arm of the federal government Bush lays his hands on, the FCC is now politicized for the benefit of the GOP. This is the organization Obama is supposed to trust to oversee a fair election?

John McCain has already showed his contempt for the public financing system, and paid no penalty for it. (That’s why we filed our FEC complaint against him.) What happens if he opts in now for the $85 million his campaign badly needs, and then breaks the law? Is the FCC suddenly going to transform itself into a vigilant protector of truth, justice and the American way?

Unlikely.

So for Obama to enter into a system that the GOP has strategically gamed on McCain’s behalf would be…well, stupid.

It’s nice to see a Democrat refusing to kick the Republican football.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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