A good-natured experiment in Massachusetts' Senate race is making PACs look even worse than they already do.
It's not been 48 hours since Warren and Brown made their announcement, and already the third-party groups have turned petty.
Speaking for the liberal League of Conservation Voters, senior vice president of campaigns Kevin Nayak told the Associated Press, "The only thing oil companies have going for them are their deep pockets, so if this agreement will help sideline them, we welcome it... We hope that Scott Brown will honor his end of the deal when Crossroads and the Koch Brothers inevitably break it."
In kind, American Crossroads, a conservative group with ties to Karl Rove, shot back saying the Warren-Brown deal was too kind to unions. "Because the agreement allows union phone banks, direct mail, and get-out-the-vote drives—all union core specialties—Warren’s latest agreement has loopholes the Teamsters could drive a truck through, the longshoremen could steer a ship through, the machinists could fly a plane through and government unions could drive forklifts of paperwork through," American Crossroads CEO Steven Law told the Boston Herald.
In other words, for as much as Warren and Brown would like to clean up politics, the engine that runs the system—money, and the groups distributing it—doesn't seem very eager to clean itself up.
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