Party of the rich no longer Republicans

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

Ordinarily, stories on campaign finance follow the reporting deadline; this quarter [fell] on Jan. 31. Right off the bat, the Jan. 14 Telegraph story rendered former U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling as appearing to be late in filing his report.

The story is how incumbent Cheri Bustos raised more than $1 million –  over half of that juicy amount since July 2013. Schilling announced in July, the same month. Neither his family nor his boss gave him half a million dollars to ante up. He started with zero funding.

Whatever he reports on Jan. 31 is what he’s raised through grassroots fundraising, the old-fashioned way, by direct solicitation, asking his constituents and supporters for help.

Aren’t Republicans supposed to be the party of the rich, Democrats the party of the poor?

It wasn’t long ago that accepting campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interests was frowned upon. It had a hint of corruption, if not questionable judgment and conduct.

$1.1 million.

I guess that’s the change Obama promised during his campaign, like the promise of comprehensive immigration reform he campaigned on for the Hispanic vote – only to give them the highest deportations, not voluntary exits, of any other president.

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