The Citizens’ United decision has proven very, very good for the GOP. After the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for unlimited bribery — err, “campaign donations” — in 2010, corporate expenditures in Washington D.C. quickly began to outpace those by the unions that have traditionally supported Democrats. In fact, corporate expenditures in Washington increased by almost than 10-to-1, from $35 million in 2008 to $345 million in 2012. And that kind of cash buys a whole lot of Corporate Conservative Republicans.
You can bet they know it, too. After the CU decision, Republicans won 20 more state legislative seats than they had the election before, and overall it was found that the decision would give corporate-backed Republicans an easy 6 to 7 point advantage over lesser-bribed Democrats. Especially when the guys cutting those checks are (combined) the single richest two-part entity in America.
On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a cloture motion to debate the bribery slaughter of democracy, via resolution S.J 19. The cloture motion guarantees that the Senate’s first order of business when it returns from its break on September 8th will be to discuss an amendment limiting campaign spending, effectively ending Citizens’ United and guaranteeing the no Supreme Court can ever undo it.
Of course, the Koch-iest of the GOP are against it. Mitch McConnell:
“This partisan effort to weaken the First Amendment is the clearest proof yet of how out of touch the Democrat Majority has become from the needs and concerns of ordinary Americans and how ill-equipped they are to lead in these challenging times. Washington Democrats have forgotten that the First Amendment is meant to empower the people, not the government.
This latest Democrat effort to abridge political speech is little more than a craven attempt to substitute the incumbent-protection desires of Washington Democrats for a fundamental right that the Constitution guarantees to all Americans.”
Oh, of course, Mitch…it’s all about the will of the people. And utterly partisan it is, yes? Funny thing: according to the most recent polls, more than 75 percent of Americans oppose the Citizens United ruling. And those opposing it include more than 60 percent of Republicans polled.
If that’s what Mitch calls “out of touch” and “partisan,” we’re joining the GOP.
But it is partisan in one sense, at least in The Worst Congress in History. Corporate donors overwhelmingly fund Republicans — lets see a quick breakdown of the top five donors among Mitch McConnell’s campaign for this election cycle:
- Humana (Health Insurance) — $99,050
- JP Morgan/Chase (Wall Street bankers) — $97,075
- Citigroup (Bank) — $92,750
- Votesane PAC (primarily Real Estate bankers) — $82,000
- Goldman Sachs (Wall Street bankers) — $80,025
Hell…with sugar daddies like that, who needs a job?
And speaking of “incumbent protection“…let’s look that one over, shall we? In the 22 states affected by the Citizens United decision, in 2012, 15 Republicans were fired. In those same states 492 Democrats lost their jobs. In one year.
So, oh yeah — “craven attempt at incumbent protection,” indeed. Because unlimited corporate bribery is what puts Conservatives like Mitch McConnell in office, and keeps them there evermore. They are the sole beneficiaries of corruption.
So, yes, Mitch…sell us that “First Amendment” bit some more. Tell us how Citizens United is serving the will of “the people.” Because everyone outside of the Tea Party and Wall Street — you know, people who don’t like seeing our nation sold to the highest bidders — think you’re absolutely full of shit.