Wednesday, February 22, 2006

State Democrats Drawing More Donors

North Carolina Democrats are raising more money for their re-election bids than their Republican counterparts. This Charlotte Observer piece states the obvious, "money follows power." Indeed it does.

Sadly, corruption also follows power and money. We see it in the issues surrounding Jim Black in North Carolina and the scores of Republicans in Washington who have been tainted by the Abramoff, DeLay and Cunningham scandals. One lone Democrat, Bill Jefferson of Louisiana also appears to be poised to fall. He, however didn't network among his fellow Democrats to spread the corruption like so many House Republicans did.

Will these scandals shape upcoming elections? Were Jim Black's transgressions bad enough to taint all of his fellow Democrats, even though none have been named or investigated in his troubles? Will associations with Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff ruin the chances of Hayes, Myrick, Taylor, Jones, McHenry and all the other North Carolina Republicans seeking to return to Washington? These questions will be answered in November. Until then it will be interesting to see just how much message all this money can buy.


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