In a desperate attempt to buy his way onto the bench, Democrat candidate for Superior Court David Wecht took a last-minute $300,000 cash infusion from the “Committee for a Better Tomorrow PAC”, a groups exclusively funded by Philadelphia trial lawyers.
This is problematic for two reasons. First, in mid-October David Wecht made a public pledge to not accept any money from “big money, third party interest groups” who have an “infecting influence in Pennsylvania’s elections.” $300,000 from a single PAC that effectively funds 60% of Wecht’s campaign certainly qualifies as “big money” having an “infecting influence.”
Second, in Caperton vs. Massey U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that there could be “serious risk of actual bias”’ if a judge does not recuse himself in a case where one or more parties have had a significant influence on that judge’s election. In this case, $300,000 would certainly qualify as a very significant influence and would significantly compromise David Wecht’s ability to adjudicate fairly.
Even Democrats Are Oppose to Campaigns Being “Wecht’ed” By Big Money!
To spice things up, PA House Democrats held a hearing yesterday morning to discuss campaign finance reform, and we’re glad that Democrats have decided to discuss how their campaigns won’t be “Wecht-ed” in the future.