June 12, 2008
The Opening on Exiting Public Financing that Sen. Obama Has Been Waiting For?
Via TPM comes this interview in the Boston Herald in which Sen. McCain says that there's nothing he can do to stop 527 attacks on Sen. Obama. As TPM notes: "Obama's finance team has explicitly instructed donors not to give money to those groups. McCain, by contrast, seems to be saying that he can't control the groups on his side."
Bad news for Sen. Obama? Not necessarily.
It has been clear for some time that Sen. Obama rationally would not choose to opt into public financing for the general election, and now he has a reason not to do it. As I explained in my Findlaw piece:
Sen. McCain never agreed to limit his spending while the Democrtic contest continued, and now it looks like he is giving some fundraising help to outside groups: the Obama campaign can justifiably read Sen. McCain's comments as a green light to anti-Obama 527s. Sen. Obama now has the green light to opt out of the public financing system.
Posted by Rick Hasen at June 12, 2008 12:17 PM