Has Dick Morris Finally Worn Out His Welcome With Everybody?

Today’s most interesting–if not all that important–news scoop comes from Dave Weigel, who went to the trouble to find out who has been contributing to Dick Morris’ Just Say No To Hillary PAC. Turns out the answer is nobody.

Sixteen months ago, to some fanfare, Dick Morris re-entered the anti-Clinton fray with a new PAC. He launched Dick Morris’s Just Say No to Hillary PAC, registering it from Tampa. From time to time, stories about the potential hurdles for a Hillary Clinton run would cite the rise of PACs like Morris’s.

But there is a rather glaring problem with adding Morris to this narrative: No one has been giving money to his PAC. Literally, no one. In filings today, first flagged by Center for Public Integrity reporter Dave Levinthal, Just Say No to Hillary PAC reported no donors through all of 2014. That squares with data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics.

If that finding is surprising, it’s because other people have done perfectly good business in the sturdy anti-Clinton industry. Dan Backer, a conservative attorney and strategist who won at the Supreme Court last year to undo some restrictions on individual donors to parties, launched the Stop Hillary PAC after Morris’s PAC was already in the field. The Backer group has hauled in more than $1 million, and built a sizable social media presence.

Morris, moreover, has, as most people know, a history with the Clintons, and as a matter of fact, it was reportedly Hillary that brought him into the White House, probably reeking of brimstone, after the 1994 electoral debacle. But it seems Morris has burned up all his credibility, even with people who live for his sort of jive.

It is indeed an inspiring story for anyone wondering if the wicked always triumph.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.