by Max Brantley
Tom Cotton, Republican candidate for 4th District Congress, has issued a news release boasting about his $10,000 contribution from the PAC of Citizens United.
Yes, I said Citizens United. Dirt peddlers (they sniffed panties in the Whitewater faux controversy and made an attack movie on Hillary Clinton) and namesake of the seminal U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established corporate personhood and set in motion the biggest orgy of special interest spending the country has ever seen.
I suspect Cotton (who tries to claim the PAC is somehow independent of the organization itself, though the PAC directs you for more info to the parent's webpage) might be trying to get out in front with this news — make it sound a positive rather than a clear sign of where his political interests lie. Coming out of the D.C. corporate consulting community, Cotton is a natural for this group.
This might not hurt Cotton among Republican voters. I saw more from the Talk Business poll this morning that indicates that a huge majority of 4th District Republican primary voters oppose making millionaires pay more taxes. Cotton's their man. (Interesting that that poll also showed sentiments not far from equally divided — among REPUBLICAN voters — on the approval rating of nominal Democratic Rep. Mike Ross.) The poll showed Cotton and Beth Anne Rankin in a dead heat. Cotton's next campaign strategy ought to be: "Vote for Cotton. He loves millionaires the most."
Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, issued the following statement endorsing decorated War on Terror veteran Tom Cotton for Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District. CUPVF has also contributed $10,000 total – $5,000 each for Cotton’s primary and general elections.
“Although CUPVF supported Beth Anne Rankin two years ago, we believe Tom Cotton is an extraordinary candidate whose service to his nation and steadfast commitment to conservative principles sets him apart from his opponents,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “Washington needs tested leaders who have the courage to defeat the liberal Obama agenda and Tom Cotton has the uncommon skills necessary to accomplish that mission. Tom Cotton has served his country on the battlefield, now he will once again serve his country in the halls of Congress. I urge all primary voters to support Tom Cotton on May 22nd.”
Tom Cotton joins 21 other veterans and active military personnel being supported by CUPVF during the 2011-2012 election cycle. CUPVF takes great pride in its support of our men and women in uniform.
About Citizens United Political Victory Fund
As stated on the organization's website, "Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF) is registered with the Federal Election Commission as a separate, segregated fund of Citizens United. Its mission is to support conservative candidates running for federal office who share Citizens United's vision of reducing the size and scope of government, lowering taxes, cutting spending, promoting traditional family values, and winning the war on terror."
About Tom Cotton