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Say what? Pope-Civitas chair inadvertently makes case for end to “pay to play” politics

Bob Luddy 2You have to hand it to the massively oblivious Bob Luddy. One of the state’s leading hard right, fat cat political funders probably thought he was showing what a principled guy he is when he penned this letter promising Republican lawmakers a cutoff in campaign funds because he dislikes the House budget proposal.

What he did instead, of course, was to show how just how corrupt and out of control the state’s political system has gotten when a rich moneybags can, effectively,  publicly admit that he buys influence with his campaign money and then threaten to turn off the spigot because he doesn’t get his way. If ever there was a crystal clear demonstration of how the Citizens United decision and the recent toxic expansion in pay-to-pay politics that it has spawned needs to be reversed this was it.

One Comment


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    May 22, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    I am not sure how it correlates to some “pay to play” scenarios, you must have been reading something about Bill and Hillary Clinton and got confused.

    The good thing about the notice from Luddy is that the system works. If the candidate does the right thing and get elected on Conservative principles, he or she should go to Raleigh and stick to those principles that got them up there. When, as usual, a good number of these candidates get up there and begin acting like liberals then the support is withdrawn with good cause. If enough people support another organization that in turn supports candidates that represent their ideas then the system works. Heck, seeing my state house representative’s votes on the budget and the renewable energy bill means I will not send my $50 to him for next election, and you can bet I will discuss with my friends and neighbors too. That is how elections work, a large number of supporters have to pay the bills to get the word out.

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