Thursday, May 14, 2009
As believers in a strong two-party system, we support Republican efforts to “rebrand,” “reach out” to the public and develop new ideas.
But political work, such as that being done by the National Council for a New America created by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), should be done with political money and not with resources paid for by taxpayers.
As Roll Call reported on Monday, Cantor staff and GOP ethics attorney Jan Baran have walked a very fine line to comply with House rules in funding, publicizing and staffing the new organization.
But we think that the whole endeavor ought to be paid for out of political contributions.
The NCNA’s original launch letter carefully — though disingenuously — declared “this is not a Republican-only forum.”
And Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in one conference call that “this is a conversation with America. This is not a rebranding effort.”
But the NCNA clearly is not bipartisan and everything about it is designed to advance the Republican Party.
McCain said the group was based on the National Policy Forum established by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour when he was chairman of the Republican National Committee. Barbour now is one of the group’s “national panel of experts.”...(Click for remainder.)