Sound advice from Peter Schweizer, one of Governor Palin’s advisors:
Mitt Romney has the GOP nomination all but in hand. As the fault lines emerge for the fall battle with President Obama, Romney has made an issue of what he calls Obama’s “crony capitalism”—criticizing how, on the incumbent’s watch, corporate influences have used government access and set-asides to enrich themselves. If Governor Romney genuinely believes this is a problem, he can show his commitment to rooting it out by at least releasing the names of his campaign bundlers immediately.
Why does this matter? Because knowing who bundles for a candidate is likely to help voters determine who is going to help any president govern. And personnel is policy. As The Washington Post points out, many Obama bundlers from 2008 ended up with “plum jobs” in his administration. According to the Post report, more than half his biggest fundraisers ($500,000-plus bundled) wound up with jobs in the Obama administration. Nine others were given slots on presidential boards or committees. At least 24 were given ambassadorial appointments.
Very important positions within the administration are slotted with bundlers, including the top law-enforcement official in the country, Attorney General Eric Holder.
I believe people have a constitutional right to work for a candidate they believe in, whether that means making phone calls or raising money. But the key is transparency. We need to know who these people are.
President Obama did the right thing is disclosing his bundlers. In 2008 he did it under political pressure from Hillary Clinton. Now his campaign has apparently recognized that trying to keep these names secret is just too politically damaging.
Will Mitt Romney follow the same path? Let’s hope so. He seemed tone-deaf when he initially resisted releasing his tax returns. In the modern era, the American people expect transparency as much as possible when it comes to vetting our candidates. Hopefully Romney’s hearing has improved, and he will allow the American people to evaluate who is raising money for him.
Read Schweizer’s entire piece here.