Justice

George Allen Rejects Kaine Proposal To Curb Secret Money

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Former Sen. George Allen (R-VA), who is now running for his old senate seat, rejected a proposal by likely Democratic nominee former Gov. Tim Kaine aimed at eliminating secret money from the 2012 Virginia senate race arising from 501(c)(4) groups like Crossroads GPS. Allen, who had earlier endorsed the concept of “full disclosure,” suggested that Kaine’s proposal was an “unfortunate gimmick, typical of the partisan gamesmanship playing out in Washington today.” Prior to this incident, Allen also rejected a Kaine proposal to eliminate super PAC spending similar to the agreement adopted in the Massachusetts senate race. Allen’s support for unlimited corporate and secret donors using shady 501(c)(4)s and super PAcs to influence the race is unsurprising: high-dollar political donors overwhelming favor Republicans.