from mother jones — At this time during the last presidential campaign, the Republican Party’s campaign finance law opponents were in something of a pickle. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was their nominee; the tough law banning so-called soft money bore his name; and so, during the 2008 election, the GOP platform couldn’t take a rhetorical buzzsaw to the laws curbing the flow of campaign cash into elections.
There’s no such problem for Republicans at the 2012 GOP convention. James Bopp, Jr., an influential lawyer who’s made a career out of demolishing campaign finance laws, said in a recent interview with the Indianapolis Star that the GOP’s 2012 platform will call for gutting what’s left of the McCain-Feingold law—namely, the ban on unlimited, unregulated, soft money given to political parties.
The platform, Bopp suggests, will read like a wish list for haters of campaign finance restriction:
Four years ago, he watched with distaste as his party nominated Sen. John McCain as its presidential nominee. With McCain leading the ticket, Bopp said, “we couldn’t write in (the platform) that we opposed McCain-Feingold. And we sure as hell couldn’t endorse it, so we didn’t say anything about campaign finance.”
This time, he said, the platform calls for the repeal of the last vestiges of the McCain-Feingold law and opposes passage of the so-called “Disclose Act” in Congress. It would require advocacy groups making more than $10,000 in campaign-related expenditures to disclose contributors who had donated more than $10,000.
GOP Platform Calls for Nuking What’s Left of McCain-Feingold Law | Mother Jones (Aug 28, 2012) – http://bit.ly/Ppz45v
When Republicans were attacking limits on soft-money political donations that finally passed Congress in 2002, they insisted that there was no reason to restrict how much individuals or corporations could give. Only one thing was necessary: full disclosure.
Let the public know who was giving all that cash and who was getting it, and the corrupting influence would be washed away. A decade ago, there was overwhelming bipartisan support for full disclosure of campaign donations.
Editorial: Big-money campaign donations should not be kept secret | http://www.palmbeachpost.com – http://goo.gl/BL1V4
Massachusetts State Legislature Calls on Congress to Enact Constitutional Amendment Reversing Citizens United Decision
Massachusetts joins Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Maryland, New Mexico and Hawaii in calling for an amendment to restore democracy.
The Citizens United decision is a tremendous threat to our democracy.
The very integrity of our political system is at stake.
I am proud of the House for passing this resolution yesterday and, along with the Senate, sending a strong message that our democracy isn’t for sale.
–Rep. Cory Atkins
When Americans spend millions on yogurt, they get yogurt.
What do billionaires get when they throw fortunes at a favored political candidate?
—Editorial, Metrowest Daily News (July 2012
In principle, every American citizen has an equal say in our political process. In practice, of course, some of us are more equal than others.
Billionaires can field armies of lobbyists; they can finance think tanks that put the desired spin on policy issues; they can funnel cash to politicians with sympathetic views (as the Koch brothers did in the case of Mr. Walker).
On paper, we’re a one-person-one-vote nation.
In reality, we’re more than a bit of an oligarchy,
in which a handful of wealthy people dominate.
-Economist P. Krugman, Feb. 2011
We’ve passed a resolution at Needham Town Meeting. Let’s now let the people vote. Citizens are organizing to collect enough signatures in Needham to put the question on the November ballot.
Because of the technicalities of ballot petitions, and because of Needham’s split senatorial district, we need to get:
- 200 Needham signatures from residents in Precincts D, E, F, G, H
- 1200 total signatures from Needham Precincts A, B, C, I, J, combined with other towns from the Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex Senatorial district (volunteers from the other towns are simultaneously collecting signatures, too)
All this needs to be done by the end of June.
Can you help collect signatures in your neighborhood?
Can you help collect signatures out in the community? (At the farmer’s market? At baseball practice? At the PTA meeting?)
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you see someone out there collecting signatures–take a minute and stop and sign your name for democracy!
(For more information on the larger initiative, read here)
Citizens United Targeted By Local Activists In ‘Resolutions Week’ Push
Across the country citizens are working this week to mobilize local communities in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and kick money out of politics.
Hey Needham — you were on the vanguard of this. Read more here.