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Too Much Is Not Enough

11:15 AM, Dec 6, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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We hear, over and over, that there is too much money in politics and maybe so. But the money keeps rolling in.

Elizabeth Warren raised $40 million in her recent, successful campaign to become a member of the United States Senate so that she could do good things in behalf of ordinary Americans.  The $40 million may not have been a record but it was close so it would, logically, seem to qualify as "too much money."  (Hard to know what is exactly the right amount of money. We are never told.)

Now, however, we learn that:

Even after raising a whopping $42 million for her Senate race this year - more than any other congressional candidate in the country – the senator-elect from Massachusetts told her supporters that her campaign does not have enough cash to pay its bills.

So the senator-elect is now asking for more.  But weary donors are assured that it is for a good cause, blaming the shortfall:

... in part on the thousands of volunteers who flocked to her campaign, saying “that meant even more last-minute coffee and pizza.” 

Ms. Warren does apologize for hitting up supporters again, like this after

...  we’ve sent you a bazillion e-mails asking for money over the past year. I’m sure you expected them to all end once the votes were counted - and yes, that’s what I thought too. Right now, I’d rather be writing about filibuster reform and banking regulation . But we still have a little more to do to wrap things up. Can you help one more time to finish 2012 strong?”

So, now, it is on to Washington where, when they overspend, they do it in billions and never have to apologize.  Or beg. 

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