What constitutes dirty money in Connecticut?
Here’s the Ned Lamont campaign’s explanation of the $500,000 contribution that Lamont just made to his own cause:
“I think it says more about Senator Lieberman’s expenditures than it does about his (Lamont’s) campaign,” said Liz Dupont-Diehl, Lamont’s spokeswoman. “Lieberman has outspent us two-to-one on tv ads and Ned’s just not going to let that happen.”
The reason for the gap in spending, she said, is Lamont’s aversion to certain types of cash: He refuses to accept campaign contributions from any special interest lobbies, and limits his donor lists to “political leadership PACs” and grassroots-y groups like MoveOn.org.
Lieberman, on the other hand, “has the support of many Democrats and most of the Republicans, not to mention the fundraising help and advice of Karl Rove.”
(Last month, Mel Sembler, a former Republican National Committee finance chairman, organized a fund-raiser for Lieberman that raised a couple of hundred thousand dollars.)
Dan Gerstein, Lieberman’s spokesman, writes in with a very different take: