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Another Arlen "Human Ipecac" Specter Moment
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After exploiting the death of Jack Kemp for political self-aggrandizement, is there any lower depth to which Arlen Specter could possibly sink?

Why, yes. Yes, there is. He pimped a “Specter for the Cure” website under the guise of rallying people to help lobby for increased medical research. One wrinkle: “Specter for the Cure” is actually “Specter for His Campaign Coffers.”

Here’s how he plugged the site over the weekend:

“And one of the items that I’m working on, Bob, is funding for medical research. I’ve been the spear carrier to increase medical research. And I’ve even established a Web site,, to try to get people to put more pressure on Congress to join me in getting more funding.

Via the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the truth:

While it appears at first glance to be a fundraising site for a reform movement to help Sen. Arlen Specter fund programs that will seek cures for major diseases, it’s actually a fundraising arm for Specter’s re-election.

A Specter spokeswoman told The Watchdog: “ is explicit throughout — including the name itself — that the site raises money for a candidate.

Via David Freddoso:

It does not say anywhere explicitly in the text that your donation goes to re-elect Arlen Specter and not to medical research, but Specter’s spokesman tells me that is the case. You have to go all the way to the bottom of the page to find clues — the donation requirements on the site match FEC requirements in terms of the legal amounts listed and the required information the site collects on donors. It states at the very bottom that the site is “Paid for by Citizens for Arlen Specter.”

A commenter corrected me yesterday with the observation that Specter is not human Ipecac, but the product of human Ipecac.

I stand corrected.

(Republished from by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: GOP