Conventional wisdom says the more money the candidate raises from special interests, the more indebted he becomes to them. So, you'd think we might be worried with the news that Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel raised bundles of money from the usual (and some new) suspects. (The Tribune reports it here: "Inside Emanuel's campaign war chest. Mayor-elect raised more than $1 million from firms with recent city business.")
But now comes an interesting theory from Ald. Joe Moore (49) in reaction to the story. He suggests the more money a candidate raises the less he's likely to be influenced by the special interest donor.
Reports the Tribune:
Some say the broad scope of his fundraising may be Emanuel's best defense against suggestions he is already beholden to special interests.
"He's gotten so much support from so many quarters, that I don't think anybody can realistically expect that he owes anybody," said Ald. Joe Moore, 49th, a longtime Daley critic. "That's one of his great strengths. He's not relying on the old boys' network and the machine ward organizations."
So, is relying on the "new boys network" an improvement over sucking up campaign money from the old boys network?
More interesting is the implication that the more money flows into a candidate's bank account, the less we have to worry about the influence of special interests. Maybe we should just get rid of all campaign limits and disclosure requirements and let the money flow, unabated until the politician is swimming in it and doesn't know or care where it all came from.