Political Animal


July 16, 2014 12:34 PM Honest Gil

By Ed Kilgore

You may have already seen this “campaign ad” by now, but if not, enjoy:

Yes, it’s a fake ad for a fake candidate for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky named (at least provisionally) Gil Fulbright, who candidly admits he’s a “spineless mouthpiece for special interests and lobbyists” who does whatever his funders tell him to do. He was created by a group called “Represent.Us,” composed of people (including Lawrence Lessig and Norm Ornstein) who are trying to draw attention to the post-Citizens-United atmosphere of “legalized corruption” in politics and government.

If the “Fulbright campaign” catches on, even as a joke, in Kentucky, it may cause some uncomfortable moments for Mitch McConnell. Nobody is likely to nickname ol’ Mitch “honest,” but he’s honestly long been Washington’s most unbending advocate of uncontrolled campaign spending as key to the First Amendment rights of anonymous rich people, which is of course essential to the survival of liberty.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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