- Presidential candidates rely on an elite group of fundraisers known as bundlers to help raise the big dollars needed to run a major campaign. Although there are limits on how much individuals can give to a campaign, bundlers tap their own personal and professional networks to raise tens of thousands — if not millions — of dollars.
And after a candidate wins, top bundlers traditionally have been rewarded for their hard work — often with choice ambassadorial appointments or special invitations to the White House. Access to those in power is much easier for these individuals than it is for the average American.
That’s why it’s so important to know just who is helping the candidate at the top of the ticket, and for the last 12 years, every major party nominee has publicly disclosed a list of his bundlers — until now.
Mitt Romney has refused all calls to release information about the identities of those in his army of bundlers. We know. We’ve asked, [Read the original letter sent to Romney's campaign]
On March 12, a coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates sent a formal request to Mitt Romney’s campaign asking that he release information about his bundlers to the public. We’ve received no response.
Barack Obama has been publicly disclosing information about his bundlers since the campaign began, and Romney disclosed his bundlers during his 2008 bid. But this time around, his network of fundraisers remains in the shadows. Romney has made public only the names of his bundlers who are federally registered lobbyists, which is all that’s required by law.
So now we’re asking you to add your voice to the call. Campaigns use bundlers to amplify their fundraising. You can help us amplify our message by signing the petition.
Note the alleged “coalition of good government groups and transparency advocates” that signed the letter to Mitt Romney includes the Campaign Finance Institute, Campaign Legal Center, Center for Responsive Politics, Common Cause, Democracy 21, League of Women Voters of the United States, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation, and U.S. PIRG.
OpenSecrets.org is part of the George Soros-funded Center for Responsive Politics — and there’s more.
In a November 2003 Open Society Institute statement on U.S. campaign reform, OSI openly admitted its self-appointed role in U.S. political campaigns:
- Since the Open Society Institute’s U.S. Programs began in 1996, one of the foundation’s central efforts has been to improve the functioning of U.S. democracy and, in particular, to promote an understanding of the influence of money on U.S. politics and to explore solutions that reduce this influence. OSI’s long-term goals have been to reduce the corrupting influence of very large donors to political parties and candidates, to increase public trust and participation, and to open the system so that candidates without access to financial resources can be heard by voters. …
Along with several other foundations, OSI supports organizations that helped develop the case for reform through research, public education, collection of campaign finance data, and testing of reform options at both the state and federal level. These organizations pursued a wide range of reform options, including restrictions on large donations such as those enacted in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002; public financing of campaigns such as the program now in effect in Arizona; free television time for candidates; fuller disclosure of contributions; and improvements to the presidential campaign system to deal with the problems caused by some candidates’ refusal to participate.
Among the organizations OSI has funded are Public Campaign, Common Cause Education Fund, Democracy 21, the Campaign Finance Institute, and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University; a large number of state and regional organizations; and research groups such as the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Grants have also been awarded to academic researchers, constitutional scholarship, bipartisan roundtables, and other efforts.
As recently as November 2011, the Daily Caller reported that the Sunlight Foundation was receiving OSI funding, as was the Campaign Legal Center.
The KeyWiki file on organizations directly funded by George Soros and OSI lists the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, and US PIRG, as well as the aforementioned organizations.
Can there be any doubt of the “who” behind this push for “transparency”? Perhaps Romney should make a deal with the Obama campaign: You show me yours (i.e. 2008 foreign campaign contributors AND college transcripts) and I’ll show you mine.