Donor Disclosure and Accountability

When doing some quick research on Mike Huckabee for the last post, I ran across this rather interesting Huck quote from a 2008 Fox News interview with Chris Wallace:

[H]ere’s what the Club for Growth won’t tell you. And by the way, their tactics — got to be some of the most despicable in politics today. It’s why I love to call them the Club for Greed, because they won’t tell you who gave their money. They just like to take money from anonymous donors, fire shots at folks without any accountability.

Nowadays, of course, conservatives are supposed to believe that non-disclosure of donors by political groups is essential to the very survival of human liberty. That’s actually what the whole contrived “IRS Scandal” is about. Alleged footdragging by the agency in certifying non-profits to engage in political work without donor disclosure is discussed as though it’s identical to jackboots kicking down doors.

Huckabee may or may not get into another tiff with the Club for Growth. But if he does, I betcha he doesn’t attack them for hiding donors. That’s now a sacred cow on the Right.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.