Washington, DC – Recently, candidates for president released their second quarter fundraising reports. In conjunction with their report, the President’s reelection campaign released its lists of bundlers, but not one major Republican candidate followed suit, and according to a recent article in the Huffington Post none have any plans to do so – making this crop of Republican candidates more secretive than President Bush. Regarding the Republicans’ lack of transparency, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said:
“President Obama has set a high standard for disclosure, implementing transparency measures that go above and beyond the law regarding his activities in the White House as well as his activities on the campaign trail. It is unfortunate that none of his would-be Republican opponents are willing to adhere to the same standards of openness, but it is not unexpected. If Republicans were to release the lists of their campaign bundlers, I anticipate that the public would see a laundry list of representatives from Big Oil and other moneyed special interests.
“Republicans are bending over backwards to win the support of such deep-pocketed and well-connected donors, renouncing moderate positions on everything from the Recovery Act to health care reform and embracing extreme policies that would line the pockets of the wealthiest few while piling additional burdens on the backs of America’s seniors and our most vulnerable citizens. Yet, Republicans hope still to be seen as candidates of the people, and withholding the names of their bundlers is just one way they hope to obscure that truth. But I have some bad news for the Republican candidates – they can hide their bundlers, but they can’t keep the American people from finding out how they would really lead.”