The Republican’ts are at it again, this time in the U.S. Senate, where — predictably — they foiled their Democratic colleagues’ attempts to get big money out of politics.
The Democrats tried to bring a constitutional amendment to the Senate Floor that would reverse Citizens’ United and a series of other disastrous Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing. And of course the Koch-funded GOP Koch-blocked it with a filibuster.
Talking Points Memo reports:
The proposal, offered by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), would amend the Constitution to restore the authority of Congress to establish campaign finance limits, the kind that were axed in the 2010 Citizens United v. FEC and 2014 McCutcheon v. FEC Supreme Court rulings. According to a Senate Judiciary Committee report this year, it would also overturn part of the landmark 1976 Supreme Court ruling in Buckley v. Valeo, which upheld campaign contribution limits but invalidated restrictions on spending in elections.
B*tch Mitch McConnell, of course, is against anything that might lighten the weight of Corporate America’s shackles on our citizenry. Plus, he may relish getting his last licks in before Alison Grimes hands him his shriveled, pasty white butt on a platter.
“I have to say it’s a little disconcerting to see the Democrat-led Senate focusing on things like reducing free speech protections for the American people. This is what they chose to make their top legislative priority this week. Taking an eraser to the First Amendment.”
Sen. Schumer vows to fight the GOP and Citizens United.
Our day will come. We will not give up. When the supreme court issued its ruling in McCutcheon several months ago, it was another step on the path towards the destruction of our campaign finance laws. First in Citizens United, and then in McCutcheon.
The Supreme Court has been chipping away at the actual foundation of our democracy, that everyone is equal in the political arena. This just doesn’t mean equal in terms of vote. It means that if you’re a multi-millionaire you shouldn’t be allowed to drown out the messages of everybody else.
Here’s the video from CSPAN:
Most Americans want big money out of politics.
Liberals and Tea Partiers often butt heads, but they do have one thing in common: Both bitterly resent the outsized influence of big money in politics. A May, 2014 CBS News poll found that 71 percent of Americans want limits on contributions to candidates and 76 percent want to limit spending by outside groups for political advertising.
The difference lies in where they think all that big money’s coming from, and where it’s going.
Most Americans — including many liberals — believe big money corrupts both sides of the aisle equally and that, in general, campaign spending has gotten out of control. Tea Partiers believe the big money comes from George Soros — a wealthy hedge fund manager known for supporting liberal causes and candidates — to force the likes of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi upon the rest of us “real” Americans.
And a slowly increasing number of liberals, moderates, and even conservatives have become aware of the truth: From local school boards all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, the pervasive influence of the ultra-right-wing, “libertarian” Koch Brothers — and groups funded by them — have twisted the American political landscape beyond recognition.
After all, George Soros is only worth $24 billion, compared with David Koch’s $41.7 billion and Charles Koch’s $41.7 billion for a whopping total of $83.4 billion. That’s over three times as many dollars of influence, especially when you consider that the Koch brothers have spent decades on building their political machine.
Sure, a handful of liberal “dark money” groups exist but not to nearly the same extent as the immense network of Koch-funded, so-called nonprofit organizations like Freedom Works. These groups amplify the “free” speech of one-percenters by making donations to political campaigns and causes. Unlike political campaigns, these shadowy non-profits are not legally required to disclose the names of their benefactors. This way, the Koch brothers and their evil friends can spend lavishly on elections by
laundering funneling cash through these groups.