A word about donating to PACs rather than directly to candidates

Next year is a presidential election year, and California’s primary has been moved from June to March. We are likely to see much more political activity than we are used to. That started with the recent state Democratic convention, when a bunch of presidential candidates showed up rather than merely milking the state for cash.

“Milking the state for cash” is not limited to Democratic presidential candidates.

From now through November 2020, you may receive lots and lots of campaign solicitations. My inboxes are stuffed already. As editor of Orange County Breeze, I simply delete them because our editorial policy is neutral.

(My personal politics is Constitutional originalism, which places me personally on the right. I am baffled that believing in the integrity of the meaning of the English language as embodied in the United States Constitution is a political crime to some.)

However, I want to strongly urge everyone from one end of the political spectrum to the other to perform due diligence before donating — grifters abound. Setting up a “political action committee” with a website and a checking account is easy. Acquiring email lists is easy.

A goodly percentage of shady PACs send crumbs to their claimed cause or candidate, keeping most of the cake for “overhead” that maintains the PAC-runners in the manner they wish to become accustomed to. Jim Geraghty recently looked at this problem on the conservative side, but the problem of fundraising fraud is not limited to conservatives.

Please! Do not unthinkingly give to every sob story this election cycle without looking into the PAC and its backstory. If you don’t have the time or patience, but still want to contribute, consider a direct donation to a local candidate.

Grifters don’t deserve your dollars.