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Monday, May 19, 2008

Barr campaign crib death

Last week, former Congressman Bob Barr announced he's running for President as a Libertarian.

Today, the AJC reports his political action committee raised $4.3 million since 2003 ostensibly to defeat liberal congressmen, but gave just $125,000 to federal campaigns and campaign committees.

Most of the fund's spending — $3.3 million, or about 78 percent of all gifts from donors — paid for raising more money, including mailing lists, postage and telemarketing.

In other words, the real purpose of Bob Barr's PAC is to raise money for Bob Barr's PAC.

It's not illegal, but it's the sort of thing that gives potential donors pause. It also contradicts the central premise of Barr's campaign — that he's a paragon of fiscal responsibility.

Does Fresh Loaf have any Libertarian readers?

If so, what do you think of Libertarian candidate George Phillies? I haven't audited his website, but I receive at least one e-mail each week from his campaign and they're mostly terrific. I'd love to see him at a podium with McCain and Obama come debate season.

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