The intrigue is only just beginning in a story we broke earlier this week about a proverbial train wreck of campaign finance violations committed by the mother-ship of Democratic 527 groups in Colorado, and the dozens of corporations who gave gobs of contributions amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars to the liberal super-committee in violation of the state's campaign finance laws last fall.
We reported that, in a fit of hypocrisy, the lawyers for Accountability for Colorado (AFC) had tucked-ducked-and-rolled into full CYA posture, attempting to dodge massive fines in front of an Administrative Law Judge by arguing that the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision invalidated the corporate campaign spending restrictions that AFC had so violently and repeatedly violated.
We noted the irony that the same Democrat forces who have made a living chastising the Supreme Court's decision in the case of Citizens United are now running for cover under its protective umbrella in hopes of dodging campaign fines that could amount to millions.
And we aren't overstating the case here either.
How much do liberals hate the Citizens United edict from John Roberts and his black-robed, right-wing bretheren? A lot, is the answer. Encyclopedic political junkies will recall that the Citizens United case is so much the bane of the liberal conscience that it compelled President Obama to suspend good form (and the separation of powers) by wagging his finger in the face of the Supreme Court during the State of the Union Address last year. Recall Justice Sam Alito was none-too-impressed by Mr. Obama's lecturing. He had his own rebuttal for the President in what was one of the most sureal in-the-flesh disputes between co-equal branches of government in the history of the Republic.
Given the animas liberals feel toward the ruling, we couldn't help but wonder why in the world Colorado's largest Democratic 527 would seek to use the decision to scrub corporate spending limits in Colorado? The answer is simple: to avoid big ass campaign fines.
But there is another question that is equally deserving of a little insight and an answer or two: why in the world did a conservative non-profit named the Colorado Government Accountability Project (CGAP) file the challenge to AFC's corporate contributions in the first place? After all, don't center-right groups hope that Citizens United will ultimately result in more corporate campaign spending anyway?
To the cynical, the answer here is obvious. CGAP uncovered massive violations by the most important liberal campaign committee in Colorado. And CGAP set a trap. Pay hundreds of thousands in fines, or argue that Citizens United made all of the questionable corporate controbutions to the liberal AFC A-OK.
And the liberals fell right in.
Instead of biting the bullet and paying their fines after CGAP drug them before an Administrative Law Judge, the largest Democratic 527 in Colorado is now unwittingly doing the dirty work (and paying the legal bill) for those who want more corporate contributions in Colorado.
What a trap indeed.
Liberals will call CGAP's gut punch on AFC cynical.
We say, it was brilliant legal gamesmanship by the nascent CGAP that will likely make corporate campaign giving of any sort legal in Colorado. Just as important, it is the first sign in a long time that conservatives are finally beginning to play by the same guerilla rules employed by Gill, Stryker and the rest on Colorado's liberal left.
For that, it is long past time.