Apparently, Lee Fisher’s campaign thinks we’re idiot as if we haven’t all seen this script before.

Yesterday, Tim wrote about the non-FEC story that the Plain Dealer had been trumpeting as a “Featured Story” on its website all day.  I say its a non-story not because I support Jennifer Brunner, but because buried in the EIGHTH paragraph of the story, the FEC ITSELF says its a nonstory:

Generally, if the failure to disclose is inadvertent, the election commission considers it a “low-rated” matter. FEC officials made clear when settling the 2008 case — without penalties — that while the law must be followed, the commission isn’t out for blood when there’s no duplicity. The facts of that case, involving a federal campaign organization operating in Illinois, were almost identical to the Brunner matter.

As anyone with experience with FEC reports will tell you, what normally happens is the FEC sends the campaign a letter informing the campaign of the problem, and the campaign fixes it by filing an amended campaign finance report.  (Something the Fisher campaign is aware of as it’s already filed THREE such amended reports last year alone.) 

This is eerily similar to the PD‘s sudden interest in pushing trivial Franklin County tax stories over matters nearly a decade ago (and turns out, false).  All Lee Fisher did was change the reporter.  It’s the Old Media cycle that Lee Fisher has “mastered” so well.  Shop around some minor issue that you sell as the next Watergate, find a gullible reporter willing to be played to have a claim of an “exclusive,” and then in return, the reporter asks you for your “reaction” to your own story where you express shock or dismay.

You can actually see the story structure there.  There’s a reason why the Fisher campaign reaction wasn’t until the end.  Any sooner, they thought, and it would be too obvious.

Lee Fisher, the guy who gladly accepted a maxed out donation from the President of Goldman Sacs, even more tens of thousands from countless banks PACs, but is writing that he’s the only credible candidate to reform Wall Street because Jennifer Brunner’s campaign accepted a donation from an IT tech and some other low level employment of Huntington Bank.  He likely authorized his Wall Street screed while heading to his most recent, yet-again, D.C. lobbyist saturated fundraiser he held this week in the swankiest venue possible.

Lee Fisher is sharpening the knives on Brunner, but he thinks the rest of us don’t see that the attacks are coming from him.  He’s an idiot.  He’s repeating the same mistake he made against Betty Montgomery.  He’s running a big risk of these petty attacks backfiring and causing resentment.

Those who don’t learn from history and doomed to repeat it.

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  • anastasiap

    Did you get the email he sent out today called “Top of the Cliff”?

    In it, he lies ,”I'm the only candidate running for Senate in Ohio who is committed to true Wall Street reform and fulfilling that duty.”

    Then he says, pathetically, “My primary opponent favors a temporary task force to suggest Wall Street reforms,” as if that were ALL she favoured. Actually, I just reread most of her incredibly detailed position paper on banking regulation on her website and I can't find this at all. She does favour reinstating Glass-Steagall (among other things) which I also favour.

    Then I trotted over to Lee's website and guess what? There is NO section on his issues page for banking reform. Maybe it's buried under something else to hide it from the bankers and financiers he's hit up for maxxed-out donations, but I wasn't going to wallow through his word clouds again.

    I have more and more people telling me every day I shouldn't be surprised because this is what Lee always does (my memory doesn't go back that far). Still, I'm disappointed that he's stooped so low he's turned himself into a candidate I couldn't vote for. I was hoping for better. Who shall I write in this November if he wins the primary?

  • anastasiap

    OK, I did a little more digging. I cannot find ANY mention of a “task force” in Jennifer's copious statements on banking reform.

    I did however find a statement by Lee, buried in his “press releases” section, dated March 23, in which he urges congress to curb banking abuses. It's seven short paragraphs and reads like a synopsis of Jennifer's earlier, more detailed remarks (Does this sound familiar?!) He asks for the reinstatement of Glass-Steagal (which he doesn't mention by name), the capping of executive bonuses and a regulatory oversight body. Jennifer called for all those things and more, long before March 23.

    Pants on fire, Lee. This isn't leading you anywhere good.

  • JoeM

    FWIW, Brunner did say the bit about a task force recently. I think it was at the Cleveland City Club debate. However, Fisher is still a putz.

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