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A few Sundays ago, newly minted Democrat Senator Arlen Specter promoted his new website, specterforthecure.com. His claim was that the new site was there to increase funding for cancer and other medical research. At first blush, the site (which has no picture of Specter, but rather a young woman with red tape over her mouth and the words, “Red tape leaves medical research gasping for breath. It’s time we let loose the winds of a cure.) looks like it might actually be a site where a person could donate money to fund such research, but a closer look shows you that this is not precisely the case, but rather a place where your money would go to influencing Congress to put more money into it.
But that wouldn’t be exactly right either.
No, specterforthecure.com is a site wholly owned and operated by Specter’s reelection campaign committee, for the sole purpose of collecting money to reelect Arlen Specter. Now Specter has apparently had a good record of voting for medical research, and maybe he would continue to do so if reelected, but this site is a sham. A ruse. A flimflam. And lest you think that this is par for the course, something that every politician does, I give you one Sheila Krumholz, executive director down at the Center for Responsive Politics. ““When you take a quick look, the focus is on finding a cure and it makes it look like a charitable organization,” said Krumholz. She went on to say that Specter’s site was “not at all common” in political fundraising.
Now Specter does have an “official” campaign fundraising site at specter2010.com, with his picture on it and everything, just exactly like you would do if you weren’t trying to trick anyone.
I will give Arlen full points for his correct usage of the word “moribund” on his slimy con video though. If you can’t have a soul, it’s at least good to be literate.