AUBURN, AL- In what was a very dark Election Day for many conservatives in Virginia, there may be a ray of sunshine emerging: liberals may be on the verge of making the gross mistake of ceding the campaign finance issue to conservatives.
An opinion piece in The Washington Post cites Virginia’s loose campaign laws- which allow unlimited contributions to candidates- as the driving force behind the dramatic and radical shift leftward in the state.
The foremost example citing is the toppling of Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall. Now, for many readers, Marshall, who once called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe,” should be gone. However, for 13 election cycles, the conservative legislator was re-elected by the voters of his otherwise swing district.
Until the race became nationalized and big money poured in.
You see, Marshall was challenged by a Danica Roem, who became the nation’s first openly transgender legislator with the election. Given the context, the LGBT community nationally funded the race. In fact, $190,000 came from Chris Abele, a Democrat mega-donor who chairs the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Abele is the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) County Executive.
Out of state and large contributions fueled Roem’s ability to outspend Marshall 3:1.
Now, Roem deserves and has our sincere congratulations on the victory. However, the Left’s identification of big money as the recipe for victory does not bode well for their future endeavors.
Throughout the Commonwealth, liberal candidates knocked off incumbents by channeling large contributions, and it worked this election cycle. However, if the Left gives up on advocating for reform, a major source of support for the candidacies of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, they could find themselves losing votes.
The article can be found here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/danica-roems-win-proves-it-we-dont-need-to-restrict-campaign-contributions/2017/11/14/da785a6e-c8be-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html?utm_term=.28c2d9f6e75e.
At Take Back Our Republic, we are non-partisan. However, we believe that taking up reform issues is a winning strategy. While Roem’s earned the win, voters will grow weary of seeing big, single-issue money flood their campaigns, and there will be a backlash on the Left if this strategy is embraced.
What do you think? Do you agree that the Left could be embracing a long-term losing strategy? Or, do loose campaign laws open the door for non-traditional candidates? Join the conversation at https://www.facebook.com/takebackorg/.