A Bee is Buzzing
Tucson, Arizona. Yesterday the Arizona Daily Star published a short, carefully written letter by AZ Senator Tim Bee(R), who has formed an exploratory committee to consider running against Congresswoman Giffords for Congressional District 8. He was responding to the Star's earlier opinion piece expressing the view that he should announce if he is going to run.
Well, ThinkRight has posted a press release that Sandra Froman, the President of the National Rifle Association, has joined Jim Click to co-chair Bee's exploratory committee. Froman has written about getting the gun vote.
No doubt the President of the NRA finds Bee's decision on running interesting enough to co-chair the committee helping him decide.
I don't have any particular objection to his fulfilling his duties as Senate President if he thinks he can do that while "campaigning for a campaign" but not "campaigning."
What I find troubling is the fund raising question. His letter does not refer to his Web site or his mySpace page. The Web site has credit card functionality that solicits money (a single donor can give $2300) just like a full blown campaign, adhering exactly to the rules and procedures of a campaign. My blogger budget can't answer the question, but I can ask it.
If the committee can raise money like a campaign (minus certain groups), does it have to disclose the results like a campaign?