Governor Charles E. "Buddy" Roemer today denounced the actions of Huntsman's and Romney's Super PAC's for intentionally circumventing financial disclosure requirements and condoning the use of "dark money" to finance their Presidential campaigns.
Earlier in the week, Politico reported that Jon Huntsman's Super PAC, largely financed by his billionaire father, would seek a "filing delay." The maneuver allows Huntsman's Super PAC to avoid a twelve day pre-primary mandatory filing, and extends the time for disclosing the Super PAC's donors until January 31, or three weeks after the New Hampshire Primary.
Huntsman is apparently taking a page from Mitt Romney's playbook, even though he has tried to distinguish himself from the flip-flopping moderate Governor. A Christmas Day editorial by the Washington Post, entitled "Mitt Romney's Secret Money," slammed Romney for refusing to disclose the names of his bundlers. And yesterday's article by The Nation, entitled "Wall Street's Bad Romance with Romney," criticized the Massachusetts Governor's campaign for "looking more like a third world oligarchy than a populist insurgency." The article went on to note that Romney sold out to Wall Street, just as Obama did, by holding "a series of exclusive fundraisers, including a $2,500-per-person breakfast at Cipriani with executives such as former Goldman Sachs CEO John Whitehead and well-known hedge fund manager John Paulson, and a dinner at the Park Avenue apartment of Stephen Schwarzman, chairman of Blackstone, the world's largest private equity firm." The articled noted that only nine percent of Romney's money comes from small donors ($200 or less).
"This type of back alley politics stinks," said Governor Buddy Roemer, the only candidate to voluntarily limit campaign contributions to $100, and to refuse special interest money. "Earlier in 2011, when Huntsman's and Romney's Super PAC's filed to report on a quarterly basis, they never had any intention of disclosing their donors. It's clearly a case of violating the spirit of the law, but I'm not surprised."
"Washington, D.C. is the capital of corruption," continued Roemer, "and neither Huntsman nor Romney will do a darn thing to change it, because they are both owned by the special interests. This is what's wrong with America -- the "win at all costs' mentality of the establishment candidates, when good ol' boy politicians sell out to pharmaceutical companies, Wall Street banks, insurance companies and lobbyists. Perhaps Huntsman and Romney shouldn't run for President. They should just ask for a position in Obama's cabinet."