Gingrich Non-Campaign Acting Very Campaign-Like
Newt Gingrich, who definitely is not yet running for president, is nonetheless raising millions of dollars through a 527 front group and putting together an organization of thousands just in case he decides to run, reports The Politico‘s Kenneth Vogel.
Gingrich isn’t the first candidate to run a stealth campaign; indeed, as Vogel points out, Mitt Romney did much the same thing. The situation does further illustrate the absurdity of our campaign financing laws, however:
Still, the group can pay for salaries, Gingrich’s travel, office space, fundraising, direct mail, television and radio ads and the like. In other words, it can fund the foundation for a campaign before there is one.
The distinction between a pre-campaign where one is doing all the things one does in a campaign without calling it “a campaign” is lost on me. Then again, I didn’t go to law school.