Surprisingly enough, the Gambit Weakly has called for Bobby Jindal to go after campaign finance reform in the ethics session. One of their suggestions in their recent editorial was:
Include Campaign Finance. Most if not all statements that Jindal has made on the subject of ethics reform have been conspicuously silent on the subject of campaign finance. Cynics would argue that that’s no coincidence ” the new governor raised more than $15 million in his successful campaign last year, so why would he want to tinker with laws that allowed him to do that? We give Jindal the benefit of the doubt ” for now.
Now, I quoted it exactly as it is stated on the website so the punctuation may be a bit confusing. It should read:
Cynics would argue that that’s no coincidence ” the new governor raised more than $15 million in his successful campaign last year, so why would he want to tinker with laws that allowed him to do that?” We give Jindal the benefit of the doubt for now.
Now, that makes more sense. Unfortunately they give him the benefit of the doubt. Many people I know who are demanding campaign finance reform as being something that is required for meaningful ethics reform to take place do not give Jindal the benefit of the doubt. Why? Well, according to the Gambit we are “cynics”. But even the Gambit understands the problem with money and politics when it states:
we want to underscore our point that campaign finance is where many of the dirty deeds are done in Louisiana politics. To some, campaign contributions constitute a legal pathway around bribery laws. If we really want to clean up Louisiana’s image, we have to recognize the old political adage, ‘Money is the mother’s milk of politics,” and then, in Watergate jargon, we must ‘follow the money.” If Jindal is serious about ethics reform, he will put campaign finance reform high on his ‘to-do” list. Do it now, Governor, not later.
And that is what we have been saying this entire time. We view Bobby Jindal’s accepting funds from people who circumvent campaign finance laws and then promoting those people to offices in his administration as one of the problems in ethics laws and while we demand the changes to help fix our state, we have no faith that someone (like Jindal) who would circumvent state bribery laws (as the Gambit put it) will make meaningful campaign finance reform as part of his ethics package. This makes the ethics package an “ethics lite” package and at the end of the day we will still be stuck with the same corrupt system.
Cross posted at jindalisbad.com