Re: “Republicanpalooza: A guest list, please” (TNT, 6-26).
Mitt Romney recently held a retreat at a Utah ski resort with many of his big fund-raisers and political supporters. The guest list was not released to the press and The Washington Post objected. According to campaign finance laws, Romney does not have to release the identities of this “bundlers.”
The Post asked, “What is there to hide?” Romney has nothing to hide. He is protecting his big donors from intimidation by the Obama campaign.
Kimberley Strassel, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, exposed an Obama campaign website that publicly named and assailed eight private citizens who were large-dollar donors. Her articles, “Strassel: The President has a list” and “Strassel: Tolling for dirt on the President’s list” identified a former Democratic Senate staffer turned investigator who instigated the smear campaign.
The staffer described the eight donors as having “less than reputable records.” Their “crimes?” They were businessmen who outsourced jobs, profited from oil, worked for a firm that foreclosed on homes and supported traditional marriage. He slimed one on social networks and even searched into his private life.
Intimidation from the political left is commonplace. Ask Sarah Palin. Some people in California received death threats simply for backing traditional marriage.
Didn’t the president call for civility?
A WSJ review (5-11) of the Strassel articles questioned whether the real push for disclosure laws was more about intimidation than voter education. Gee, who knew?