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AACONS Interviews Allen West and Winthrop H. Smith, Jr.

AACONS Interviews Allen West and Winthrop H. Smith, Jr.

AACONS sits down with Allen West and Winthrop H. Smith, Jr. to discuss the news of the day

Allen West is CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. Previously, he served as an US Representative representing Florida’s 22nd and 18th District. He is a 22 year veteran of the military where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as well as a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal. He is a Fox News contributor and the author of the bestseller, Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom.

Winthrop H. Smith, Jr. is a 28 year veteran of Merrill Lynch, and the son and namesake of a founder of the company. His new book is entitled, Catching Lightning In A Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World.

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Sammy Finkelman | May 8, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Allen West tried to shut down a fake PAC but failed.

Last month a group called the Conservative Action Fund sent out an email urging GOP donors to draft Allen West, a former congressman who used to represent the 22nd district of Florida, to run for the U.S. Senate there. “With Marco Rubio running for the White House, this seat is even more vulnerable,” read the April 17 solicitation, before asking recipients to “make a generous gift of $15, $25, $35, or even $50 to the Conservative Action Fund so we can circulate this petition.”

One slight problem: Mr. West is an unlikely candidate for Senate in Florida, not least because in December he moved to Texas….

…In 2012 Mr. West was so frustrated with groups raising millions of dollars off his name—without much helping his embattled candidacy—that he filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. These groups were sucking up money that might otherwise have gone to help him win re-election. (He lost.) The commission ruled that because the political-action committees never claimed to be associated with Mr. West’s campaign, their solicitations were legal.

Sammy Finkelman | May 8, 2015 at 12:45 pm

These P{ACS are kind of like the Clinton Foundation. They can legally spend only a small percent of their money on their putative causes.

Now if campaign contributions weren’t so limited, and co-ordination so legally restructed, money would probably go to the cadidate himself, and such PACS would only exist when they reflected a difference of opinion with the candidate.