Maybe it buys you somebody to do some dirty politicking, like this guy:
CORRECTION: It's $387,000; just like Joe, I somehow misplaced $50,000 in petty cash.
And how would Joe's campaign people pay this guy?
Something tells me you won't find a receipt in Joe Lieberman's campaign vault that says "$1,056 to pay racist guy who dresses like an Arab and holds up a rotten sign" on it.
No, you'd probably see something like this:
"Petty Cash" and "Stipend Volunteer Payments". Vague to the point of being completely untracable. That's what is known inside the Beltway as a "slush fund" payment.
And somebody please tell me just how in hell do you PAY VOLUNTEERS? Either they VOLUNTEER, or they're PAID STAFFERS! By definition, you can't PAY a frickin' VOLUNTEER!
Dick Nixon was very good at dirty tricks and hiding funds, but it was Karl Rove who wrote the book on them.
And I'd bet that someone in Joe Lieberman's campaign has a signed copy on their desk.