Hey, progressives: Will you denounce Jeff Bezos?
Now that Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have given $2.5 million to the campaign to pass Referendum 74, who is going to denounce them for trying to buy an election?
Come on, progressives. Money in politics is your issue.
I’m not denouncing Bezos. I don’t believe in limiting Americans’ contributions to their political campaigns. I think Jeff and MacKenzie have a First Amendment right to buy all the ads they want. (I also will vote for R-74.) But you progressives—you don’t believe in rich people having that right at least, I thought you didn’t.
I’m reminded of the editorial (Nov. 2, 2011) from The Daily Evergreen, the student paper at Washington State University, that rejected last year’s Initiative 1183, to privatize liquor sales, because “the Editorial Board cannot in good faith support an initiative proposed and funded almost entirely by large corporations.”
Well, Jeff and MacKenzie are not a corporation, so the Cougar pundits have an out. Still, the $2.5 million no doubt came from ownership of shares in a certain large corporation Jeff founded and is the CEO of. What if this couple gave the donation to the other side: against gay marriage? Would you progressives be denouncing only the cause, or also obsessing over a rich guy and his wife trying to "buy an election?"
Achenblog by Joel Achenbach
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