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  •  Doesn't this present the Scott Walker problem? (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe I'm missing something here. Scott Walker is in trouble (we hope!) for blurring the line between his official position as Milwaukee County executive and his campaign -- using his county staff to help his campaign.

    Obama is sort of working in the opposite direction, using the campaign's assets and people to help him govern. But it's the same blurring of that line. If a Republican did it, I'd be highly skeptical.

    Am I missing something? can Adam B. or someone who's expert on campaign finance stuff fill me in?

    •  I don't believe there is a restriction (2+ / 0-)
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      going in this direction, especially since these are volunteers, or at least not government employees per se.

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      by bryduck on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:52:06 AM PST

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    •  No. (7+ / 0-)

      Walker blurred the use of public (government) resources, which come from tax dollars.

      These are Obama campaign resources, which come from private donations.

      Tax dollars and private donations have different rules.

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      by nosleep4u on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:56:00 AM PST

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    •  Are you saying it's inappropriate for the... (3+ / 0-)

      President to ask private citizens for help in governing the nation?  If so,  you are so far off the mark as to not even be wrong.  Walker used the services of people being paid by taxpayers for his own benefit.  The President is asking people, paid by no one for this service, for their support.  This is the essence of Democracy for crying out loud!

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      by spritegeezer on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:59:14 AM PST

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      •  My concern is over use of the campaign resources (0+ / 0-)

        The article says it isn't just "the President appealing to private citizens," which of course he can do -- and should do. It's using the campaign's database and complex software such as Dashboard, and probably some of the people who run it.

        Obviously it does make a difference which direction the borrowing is going. I was just curious whether any of the campaign-finance experts (of which there are a number here) had any comments about it. (This may be my used-to-be-a-lawyer abundance-of-caution habits kicking in, in which case I apologize.)

        I prefer to do my lobbying via other progressive organizations, not OFA. But I don't have any philosophical objection to OFA playing this role, as long as it's not crossing any legal/ethical/financial boundaries.

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