A major tactic used by champions of strict campaign finance regulations to advocate for even more restrictions is to try to parlay the slightest appearance of impropriety into a scandal of epic proportions. By then constantly repeating the refrains "the system is broken," "politicians are corrupt," etc., legislators, the media, and the public begin to believe that the campaign finance system is in need of even more restraints.
Last week, the Center for Responsive Politics, which is often more responsible than other campaign finance "watchdogs," wrecklessly played the scandal card.
Only this time, the media thankfully called them to task for it.
More after the jump.