The fundraising slump in the vast Republican presidential field, with no clear frontrunner in finances or public opinion, has raised MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s hackles. None of the candidates, not even former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have raised as much as expected, leading Maddow to believe that the funds are being funneled into third-party leadership PACs.
Maddow fingered the Citizens United case, which dismantled much of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation and established corporate personhood for donating to campaigns.
Instead of signaling a lack of enthusiasm for the candidates, Maddow predicted that they were funneling funds to third-party groups that would spend the money on attack ads, like in 2004 election, when John Kerry’s campaign was dismantled piece by piece after the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth group spoke out against him.
“Money is just carving a new path down the mountain this year,” she said. “Why not instead give unlimited money that you don’t need to put your name on– why not starve the candidates and instead spend on outside groups?”
Watch the clip below, originally aired on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” on July 1, 2011. Embedded courtesy MSNBC.