Chris Dodd ‘Drops’ Re-Election Bid
Chris Dodd has filed papers dropping out of the 2010 Senate race. As Hotline explains, though, this is just an accounting move which allows him to “transfer all of his money he raised for his 2010 re-election to his WH campaign account without penalty.”
It’s a bizarre system, really. To the extent the federal government is going to regulate campaign contributions, it strikes me as rather sleazy that candidates are allowed to transfer money donated with a specific purpose in mind–running for president, the Senate, or whatever–and then use it for a different purpose. I’m quite sure many of his Connecticut donors would not have wished their money go to an ego-driven fool’s errand bid for the White House. Indeed, many likely have donated to another presidential candidate and are now faced with having that money canceled out, in effect, by money they donated to Dodd in good faith for his Senate re-election.
This isn’t a criticism of Dodd, per se. He’s simply playing the game according to the rules and other candidates, notably Hillary Clinton, are doing the same thing.