You want to know what’s wrong with campaign finance? Just take a look at the spending for the candidate not on the ballot in this election cycle:
Gov. Chris Christie wasn’t on the ballot this year, but he was still featured in a positive television ad that ran in the weeks before the election and overlapped with Hurricane Sandy.
The Committee for Our Children’s Future, an issues-advocacy group established by a group of Christie’s college friends, spent $1.8 million airing the spot across the state from Oct. 15 to the middle of last week, spokesman Brian Jones said.
Ah, but it wasn’t just the $1.8 million at the end of the election he wasn’t running in:
That brings the committee’s total spending on pro-Christie spots to $7.8 million since the group formed in September 2011. As a 501(c)(4) organization, the committee does not have to disclose its donors.
$7.8 million spent to puff up Chris Christie. And while that group doesn’t disclose its donors, we do know that the taxpayers were forced to foot the bill for Christie’s nationwide tour leading up to the Presidential election. But that’s not all, because this latest group follows Reform Jersey Now, which raised over $600K to push Christie’s Agenda. And then there was the Center for a Better New Jersey, which helped fund the Christie and Republican redistricting efforts. That doesn’t even count the spending from the groups pushing his voucher and charter efforts. So the next time the Governor complains about all those big bad groups spending all kinds of money against him, someone should start playing the world’s smallest violin.