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GOP Supports Unlimited Corporate Campaign Spending

GOP Supports Unlimited Corporate Campaign Spending

January 21st will mark the second anniversary of the watershed Citizens United decision that allowed corporate money to flow, practically unabated, into our electoral system. Not surprisingly, Republicans are going after one of the last remaining limits on corporate campaign spending.

In a brief filed yesterday in the Fourth Circuit, The Republican National Committee has taken the position that the prohibition against corporations diving money directly to candidates or to political committees is unconstitutional.

RNC has an immediate stake in the issue because a lift on the ban for federal donations would translate into millions, if not billions in dollars to the RNC. Their argument is that the ban is unconstitutional because it is an across the board ban that treats all corporations the same, regardless if those corporations are multinationals like Halliburton or small, family owned businesses. To that end, the RNC argues, the ban is over-inclusive and too broad.

Much like the pro-life movement, the assault on reasonable election spending is calculated and precise. The tactic is simple- create as many challenges as is feasible, in as many different federal jurisdictions as can be. With those in hand the decidedly pro-business Roberts Court will be more likely to take up the cause and render a decision as friendly to business as Citizens United.

That means we can expect more challenges like these until either Citizens United is overturned or big business and the RNC gets their way.

 

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3:56PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

They should all be brought up on charges of bribery.

3:12AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

At least they're being honest about wanting to openly buy elections?

6:37PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Not restricting donations is what has gotten America into the mess it is in. Canada is the same way, the government is 100% run by the corporations that BRIBED them. What is the point of having laws when they don't apply to some but do to others. BRIBERY is illegal, end of story.

1:01PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

This is why we need to vote out every GOP member out of office; from the city governments to the Federal governments, all they care about is how much money they can get into their coffers. This system is very bad for our country and we can all see it.

We need all candidates to sign a pledge that they will all use the money set a side for elections, then everyone is on an equal setting and they are beholden to no special interest and will do the peoples business as they are elected to do.

We have global corporations that are interfering in our elections, we have foreign money coming in and producing adds for candidates and I believe this to be unconstitutional.

12:29PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Believe it or not there a people who worked their buts off to get a good education and a good job to support their families and are now unemployed they have paid their taxes too. It really bugs me when people assume that people are lazy because they need food stamps or get free medical! I am sure it was not free every body pays into the system and they are NOT just YOUR taxes, you get many benefits from the taxes that everyone pays stop blaming the poor for being poor you have no idea what they are going through. Have some compassion for your fellow human beings and stop the hate! You do not know until you have been through it!
Sometimes even rich people lose everything too.

3:16AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

OF COURSE!!! When you're GOP, the corporations can buy you!! Then you are the puppet for the wealthy!! And voters fall for it!!!

7:09PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Just one more reason the Republicans refuse to confirm any of Obama's nominations for circuit judges, of which there is a serious number of vacancies which have backed the court system up for years to come.

6:11PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

A bit unfair isn't it ... to have large corporations with big bucks to give toward election campaigns of all kinds. Who do you think the candidates will favor following reciept of thier campaign funding? Wouldn't it be better to have no funding from corporations ... limits on where and how much funds can be donated towards any election campaing, and time limits on campaigning ... like down to say five thousdand dollars per doner and campaigning held down to two or three months time prior to voting day? And total eliminatin of the electoral college?

5:56PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

inspite of what those 5 senile SCROTUS judges say, Corporations are not people. There should be a limit to political contributions and all contributions should go to a find and distributed equally and that is all the money that can be spent on a campaign. Get money out of politics.

5:30PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

(@Kenneth M.) "semi-intelligent people" != "GOP supporters" :)

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