Campaign Finance Reform’s chief apologist has turned down federal matching funds for the primary season. John McCain has decided to eschew $5.8 million in tax money that he applied for last year so that he can raise and spend amounts above the federal campaign limits–in other words, so that he can avoid the restrictions imposed by Campaign Finance Reform laws like McCain-Feingold.
The hypocrisy of this is stunning, even by big-government Republican standards. Now, I don’t believe in diverting tax money to political campaigns, nor do I believe in restricting how much money donors can give and candidates can spend. But John McCain has been the main proponent of the kinds of limits he is now seeking to evade.
John McCain has proved himself to be the ultimate Senate hypocrite: one who considers himself above the laws he passes for others.