I don't practice what I preach because I'm not the kind of man I'm preaching to...
But no one seems to have any problem with Zack Exley, who is the Kerry campaign director of online communications and organizing. He used to be the MoveOn political action committee's special projects director, focusing on research and mobilizing MoveOn supporters. The Boston Globe reported this way back on April 8 of this year, and so far, Kerry's campaign doesn't seem to think that there is anything wrong with this.
Actually, there is plenty wrong with this. The 527 law plainly states that the two campaigns can't partner with any outside group, yet according to the democrat's own website from May of 2003, that is exactly what they have been doing.
"The Democratic Party is partnering with MoveOn.org, People for the American Way, Campaign for America's Future, and dozens of other groups representing millions of Americans to organize a massive public mobilization. On Wednesday, May 14, join us by calling and emailing your representatives in Congress to let them know that the majority of Americans oppose more irresponsible tax cuts that go overwhelmingly to the wealthiest sliver of Americans."
UPDATE: The DNC might also have some explaining to do about this photo from Nov. 13 of 2003 that is still on their website. Get it now before they re-write history again:
DNC Chief Operating Officer Josh Wachs (left), Senator Leahy, and Zack Exley from Moveon.org pose with the more than 310,000 signatures.
UPDATE: Thanks to all of my new readers for their comments, however few that might be at this early stage of the blog. Dooey writes: "I can understand where you're going with this, and I agree with you for the most part.Forgive me if I come off sounding ultra-liberal, it's kinda trapped in my veins, but using your logic Dick Cheney should not be allowed to be Vice President. He was, afterall, CEO of Halliburton -- a much much more influential tie.
Dooey, if Halliburton was a multi-million dollar political action committee, I would have to agree with you. But it's not. Halliburton is just a massive company, which according to their website, "is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the oil and gas industries" since 1919.
But MoveOn is an organization with only one purpose, to defeat Bush in November, financed by a billionare who, among other things, wants to legalize drugs. Being part of a large company does not disqualify you from holding office.
If that was true, Hillary Clinton should have never been elected to the U.S Senate due to her ties to Wal-Mart, an huge business if there ever was one that has much more of an impact on the lifes of average Americans, given how they have run a lot of hometown mom and pop shops out of business.
She was on that board of directors for years in the 90's, yet no one seem to have a problem with that. Do you see Hillary's name mentioned in negative stories about Wal-Mart like you do with the VP every time the name Halliburton pops up on the news wire? I don't.
UPDATE: The Truth Laid Bear does an excellent job in breaking down the difference between 527's on both sides of the political aisle.