As you probably know, with his independent expenditure tactics through the group American Crossroads, Republican strategist (and Sarah Palin pincushion) Karl Rove has injected a new force into American politics.
Unlimited amounts of money can rally to a candidate or cause – as long as there is no direct cooperation or communication with said campaign. Kind of like allowing a NASCAR driver to draft behind a vehicle on the track that’s not subject to any of the rules.
Until this summer, use of the independent expenditure has been limited to statewide and federal races. Not anymore.
In today’s Macon Telegraph, Erick Erickson of Redstate.com reveals that such a group was behind the victory of incumbent Robert Reichert in the Macon mayor’s last week, as well as Miriam Paris’ trouncing of former state Rep. David Lucas in a state Senate race. Both are Democrats.
To Erickson’s point:
A bipartisan group came together quietly. Having aided and abetted the Lucas’ and others in the past, this bipartisan group knew, based on the outcome of the SPLOST and various other factors, that it was time. They formed “Move Macon Forward.”
It is an independent political action committee that supported Robert Reichert for mayor of Macon and Miriam Paris for state Senate. Along with Georgia’s WIN List for Miriam Paris, it brought together assorted factions who’d never be on the same team for state or national politics, but at the municipal level, well, as the legendary U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neil once said, “All politics is local.”
Party did not matter. All that mattered was taking the leap to get Macon past multiple decades of gutter politics.
For the first time, operating completely independently from campaigns in Middle Georgia, Move Macon Forward made a series of targeted, calculated independent expenditures to turn out voters. After the initial shock of the primary election, Move Macon Forward sprang into action mobilizing voters early, by absentee and any other way they could.
I’m told the group mobilized with the help of Mitch Hunter of COMM 360, a Republican and former chief of staff to Rep. Phil Gingrey and Democratic consultant Chris Carpenter of Peachtree Battle Group, Roy Barnes’s campaign manager for the 2010 election and the Democratic consultant who’ll help lead the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s efforts for the regional transportation SPLOST fight.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider