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Senate Republicans Block Campaign Finance Bill

August 2, 2010 by  

House Republicans Block Campaign Finance BillWith a vote of 57-41, Senate Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act last week, effectively blocking the Democrat-backed campaign finance reform legislation.

The GOP alleged that the bill, which would force unions, corporations and other organizations to disclose their sponsorship of political ads, targeted such entities unevenly, exempting the ones that have existed for more than 10 years and have at least 500,000 dues-paying members from the requirement.

After the vote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the opponents for what she called their support for a takeover of elections by special interests, including those from abroad.

“Senate Republicans blocked a bill that reaffirms a fundamental American value: the right to vote is afforded to the people, not the special interests,” Pelosi stated.

However, the development was welcomed by FRC Action, the legislative advocacy arm of the Family Research Council, which released a statement saying the vote was a victory of free speech.

The Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act passed the House last month with bipartisan support.

It was introduced earlier this year in the wake of the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, which affirmed that corporate funding of electoral campaign broadcasts cannot be limited under the 1st Amendment.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19911606-ADNFCR

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  • s c

    Anything that upsets Queen Nancy is good for America. Will this be the end of such attempts? I doubt it.
    For now, it’s nice to know that there is still some backbone left in the Senate. When you remember that the prez and his fellow criminals have a majority, it boggles the mind that a majority can be defeated. Maybe this is karma for Queen Nancy.
    She’s lucky that Americans have no say in what karma doles out to Queen Nancy, or she’d be much more than upset. She’d be GONE – and she’d be much more than humiliated in the way she’d have to drag her sorry posterior back to California.

    • JeffH

      Keep the pressure on and keep contacting your reps and tell them how you feel, don’t let up at all.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Yeah, without the BIG jet and no booze on the taxpayers!!

      • Craig

        Sure would be nice if after she is booted out. We Americans send her a bill, payable upon receipt, for the booze and un-necessary jet travel.

  • Anthony

    Personally, s.c., I want to know more in-depth information.

    What is it about the Campaign Finance Bill that has what missing wherein the McConnell Crowd won’t go along with it(?)

    Seriously, we know these things are half-show and half-greed-stomping all over the American System as defined by Thomas Jefferson. In 1913, Hmilton finally got his wish. However, I wonder if Hamilton would have sacrificed the U.S. to some global nonsense like what we are seeing now.

    There is some measure or some miniature give-back, for PR purposes, that McConnell & Co., are insisting on. If this was about affecting the outcome in this November’s Elections, they would be giving the Jeffersonian(s) more air time, even as tokenism. The Mike Pence’s of Congress are who we would be seeing on the evening news on ALL Cable-News Networks. So, that’s not it.

    And, as far as Queen Nancy is concerned, I’ve seen ads where San Francisco is having a fight with itself and there is a hard push to replace her. Not so sure she cankeep her chair without using the hacked code for the computerized voting booth(s). And, yes, I think they’ve been successfully using that tactic for the last two elections. And, it will never be by more than 52% …. nominally 51%/49%

    All I know, is there’s some item missing in this Bill. After all, McConnell made how much of a stink over the Health Care Bill(?) Practically none at all. His head’s so far upsomeone else’s backside he might as well not even show up on Capitol Hill.

    Maybe Bob L can provide a thought or two here ?

    • TIME

      Its all about the “FIRST Amendment” issues. It has nothing to do with anything else, everything spoken and or written about this bill is otherwise out right rhetoric.

      Oh and this will be back!
      So keep an eye out as old red Reed is going to try and sneek this one through.

      • GregS

        Time, do you think he’ll try to sneak it through before November? The only reason I ask this is because I’ve heard that the Democrats have many more fences back home in need of mending than do Senate Republicans. If Reid were to try to bring this up again in 2010, he’d be facing an uproar coming from both parties…At least that’s what I hear.

    • s c

      Anthony, even if McConnell is another Specter-like closet RINO, it’s the RNC’s responsibility to let America know what’s going on with that legislative defeat. From what I’ve seen and heard lately, the RNC has been very quiet and uninformative. It smells like that RINO stench that characterizs the RNC and its camp-followers. Where there’s flatulence, there’s the RNC.

  • eddie47d

    Of coarse the Republicans will block Campaign Reform.It was the same with Finance Reform and Healthcare Reform :right on down the line. Should we be surprised? Heck no! The bill could be the exact same thing or wording that the Republicans advocated for in years past or campaigned for. Since it is a Democrat sponsored bill then the Republicans must vote against it. It’s not about America it’s about power and leverage. I think few understand the beauty of free speech. Like everything else it’s used and abused by everyone with our self importance. It’s more of an act of destroying someone elses right than lifting those rights up so everyone can benefit. It’s hard to balance fairness and equality in speech and actions but it can be done. Party (political) correctness over rides morality and decency on both sides. Are we only fighting for the Democrat or Republican Party or for the Nation?

    • IreneNY

      I cannot understand how it is remotely possible that the republicans could make big gains in November as they are morally bankrupt and just lie with no one holding them accountable. Their supporters do not care that they lie and that they have no platform – only fear and smear and throw red meat. What have the conservatives in this country become?

      • s c

        Irene, as long as you refuse to distinguish between conservatives and so-called ‘Republicans,’ you’ll never have a clue as to who does what, how or why. Your progressive perspective keeps you from turning on the light of reason. It’s like refusing to know the difference between high-fat hamburger and prime rib.
        Either learn to appreciate and recognize the ever-widening gulf between so-called ‘Republicans’ and conservatives, or you can continue to look up to people like Schumer and Hillary – and never see the difference between a real, old-fashioned ‘Democrat’ and a NWO progressive. It’s a lot deeper than apples and oranges, if you would only LOOK.

      • Charles Newman

        If you replace the word republican with democrat and conservative with liberal your post would be far more true. Not to say that Republicans are free of blame, they are not, but the Democrats are the ones doing harm NOW. If Republicans have not learned their lesson they will be punished in the FUTURE.

  • Ed H

    The thing that bothers me most is:

    “The GOP alleged that the bill, which would force unions, corporations and other organizations to disclose their sponsorship of political ads, targeted such entities unevenly, exempting the ones that have existed for more than 10 years and have at least 500,000 dues-paying members from the requirement.”

    I think if it was passed by ALL, not allowing the Unions to slip thru, this would be a good idea. I haven’t read the bill, but knowing who pays for an add (ALL adds) makes perfect sense to me.

    • Charles Newman

      Ed, it often makes sense to propose a Constitutional amendment to revise a ruling of the Supreme Court, but please understand that this is what would be needed. A law that simply violates another section of the Constitution is not the proper response.

  • Tea Party Tim

    The simple fact of the matter is that this legislation does not affect real campaign reform. If we truly want to limit the advance of special interest groups, then let’s place some limits on campaign contributions.

    A corporation, group or individual should be able to contribute no more than $1,000 to any individual canidate and no more than $10,000 to a political party.

    It is beyond the pale that a canidate would raise $3-$4M+ to campaign for a position that pays $170k/year.

  • Charles Newman

    Clearly there are only 41 Senators who abided by their oath of office on this vote. The Disclose act not only violates the First Amendment by its clear intent of stifling political speech, but violates equal protection of the laws, by protecting some but not others.

  • s c

    CN, if you’re saying that only those who voted AGAINST this legislation upheld their oath, then you’re going to have an interesting time explaining and justifying what kind of government we have. Me thinks you do protest too much, clearly.
    As progressives say time and again on this website, ‘get over it.’ Your side lost, guy. Sound familiar?

  • Thomas Raines

    Why are we so concered about labor unions and at the same time support corporations buying Washington. Stomp the little man and support the big guys seems to be a double standard, no matter what party does it. Fearing unions is just a smoke screen their money is just a drop in the bucket compared to forign moneys buying Washington.

    • GregS

      Thomas, the issue is NOT about unions, or even about “foreign moneys buying Washington.” That’s the “smoke screen” that the Democrats are hiding behind. The Democrats are trying to use this bill as a disposable, quick-and-dirty tool in order to keep their majorities in Congress in November. This is why they are exempting the large labor unions (usually Democratic supporters) from the bill, with the loopholes that they created. The Democrats are fully aware that the bill is unconstitutional, but they don’t care, because there is not enough time for the courts to strike it down before November.

  • jopa

    There may be something good about hiding how much an individual donates to a particular candidate.If I donated to Bush, Ensign, or Larry the airport toilet guy I would’nt want anyone to know about it.It would be rather embarassing.

    • Jim H.

      jopa, If you would be embarrassed by that, why aren’t you embarrassed by the uniformed posts that you write?

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Jim H,
        I think it has something to do with the fact that every time I read one of his posts the word PROGRESSIVE comes to mind!!!!

  • MidnightDStroyer

    Over the past decade, I spent most of it in negative contemplation about “Bully Boy Bush & his Corporate Crony Gang.” Adding to that, during the last Presidential election cycle, I figured that anytime the media the Media builds up ANY candidate for ANY office to the level of Messiah or Savior, there’s definitely smelling rotten going on.

    During the past couple of years, I’ve had no kind words for “Facist Barry & the American Blues Band.”

    Measures like this DISCLOSE Act & many others even worse, should have NEVER even been considered, let alone pass through the Reps. Right now, America is facing the oncoming winter season of existance & We The People haven’t even yet performed any “spring cleaning.” It’s way PAST TIME to “clean House,” because the mess has spread & even pollutes the Senate, Executive & Judiciary.


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