Hypocrisy may be something of a norm in American politics, but if so, 3rd District Kansas Democratic candidate Sharice Davids is busting the curve.
“She’s leading a letter-writing campaign involving 100 House Democratic candidates calling for Congress to address the ‘corrosive role money and special interests have played in shaking the American people’s faith in the system,'” writes Bryan Lowry for McClatchy DC. “But at the same time, the Kansas Democratic House candidate is enjoying a campaign contribution bonanza and a flood of outside money from Democratic-leaning groups.”
As Lowry reports, Davids, a political novice who has yet to show up for any of the three scheduled debates, has raised $2.7 million for her campaign, twice that of her opponent Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder.
Much of the money spent on her behalf has been coming in massive chunks: $990,000 in spending from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $350,000 from the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund, and an earlier $700,000 from an Emily’s List PAC that helped her win a six-way Democratic primary.
On Saturday, Davids redefined “chutzpah” by hosting a panel “decrying big money in politics.” Fellow panelist Tiffany Muller, who heads a group called End Citizens United, said– presumably with a straight face–“There is absolutely too much money in our political system, but there is only one candidate in this race who is working to fix it and that’s Sharice.”
Even fellow Democrats like Kelly Kultala, whose candidate Davids beat for the nomination, spoke out about the irony of Davids leading a campaign to curb big money. Kultala observed that the Emily’s List PAC “had a significant role in helping her win the primary.”
Said Yoder’s spokesman C.J. Grover, Davids’ “entire candidacy has been propped up by millions of dollars in liberal special interest money, much of which comes straight from Wall Street.”
As Davids has failed to show for one debate after another, the local media have become increasingly uneasy about her candidacy. The big money charade does not boost their confidence.