Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 09:04:23 -0500 (EST) From: phillies@WPI.EDU ("George D. Phillies") Subject: RE: LP Party baggage To: LPUS-CAMP@dehnbase.org (LP business - campaigns) Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Hornberger's claims on this account (ethical lapses
> are what are holding back the LP) are just one
> more thing that causes one to question his judgement.
The reason that ethical lapses are holding back the Party is not that people think we are less honest than our opponents -- tough recent aspirants for the Republican or Democratic nomination for President have not launched their campaigns by putting the National Party's senior employee's mistress on the payroll -- but that those ethical lapses have diverted hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars of donations into let us say interesting expenditures. The equivalent for the D and R parties might be a hundred million dollars or more. When a Presidential campaign that is talking about outreach to the public spends 1 percet of its income on advertising and a third or so on staff salaries, there are reasons to suspect that something is a bit odd.
We should be running a political party, not -- as one National Review writer put it -- a feeding trough for political consultants.