Skip to comments.Hodes: Campaign finance calls for constitutional amendment
Posted on 02/02/2010 3:50:04 AM PST by cmj328
MANCHESTER U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., said yesterday he intends to introduce a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn a controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that removed corporate and other special interest campaign spending limits.
"The upcoming election in New Hampshire should be decided by the people of the Granite State, not special interests with unlimited cash," said Hodes, who is a candidate for the U.S. Senate. "Washington is broken, and this will only make business as usual worse."
Hodes said he has been "fighting to stop the power of money in politics and now, after consulting with constitutional scholars, I believe a constitutional amendment is necessary."
Hodes said he will soon introduce the exact language of the amendment.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee called Hodes' plan hypocritical.
"Paul Hodes' disingenuous attempt to score political points by introducing legislation opposing the Supreme Court's ruling while simultaneously benefitting from the same campaign cash he is decrying is a classic example of Washington double-speak," said NRSC spokesman Amber Wilkerson Marchand.
"If Hodes believes that companies and labor unions should not spend money to influence federal elections, then by his own logic, he should immediately return all of the money that he has accepted from big labor bosses in Washington and demand that his big labor supporters cease running campaign ads on his behalf in his race for the U.S. Senate," she said.
Guess he considers SEIU and Acorn to be of the people.
I just know people I don’t trust and who are apparently trying to destroy this country want this control. So lack of it must be a good thing for freedom.
What useless, communist puke and Nazi Pelosi Lap-poodle!
As I have said before...if you want to make an easy decision about legislation and whether is is good or bad for this country, look at the people who support it, or those who cry the loudest when it is struck down.
It is no coincidence the ones making noise are all Rats. Obama. Pelosi. Kerry. Frank. Schumer.
This guy is one more.
Unless those special interests happen to be unions, then we'll look the other way while they fill democrat campaign coffers.
Do they really think we are stupid enough to get rid of the 1st Ammendment?
This will be the meme when they get their hats handed to them in November.
“Big business bought the election for the Repubs.”
Bank on it.
Paul Hodes is down 14% against an unnamed (R). LMAO.
Obviously one who offers such a law should turn down all out of state money, or any funds given him by other Senators or Representatives. He should turn down any PAC funds from out of state Pacs, and run only on the funds given him by his own constituents.
Until he does that he is a hyprcrit.
And a lying, conniving SOB.
“Until he does that he is a hyprcrit.
And a lying, conniving SOB.”
IMHO its a lying SOB regardless.
Dang! A Democrat I can agree with!!
No, not for the action, for the means. I’ll fight this amendment tooth and nail should it get far enough to fight, but at least it’s not a sneaky back-door lawyered up theft of rights.
This is the way it is supposed to be done. If you wish to change the Constitution, have the ‘nards to stand up and call for that change. Don’t go to court in the dark of night and under cover of good intention to squeeze the boundaries of freedom to the vanishing point.
My question has always been:
If it is bad for big nasty corporations to take part in a campaign, then where do big nasty corporations that print news papers fit in?
Where is there a corporation with more ax to grind than the NYT?
Or the huge chain owned by Rupert Murdock, of which Fox News is only a part?
So any such legislation should then break up all large newspaper, TV corporations and reduce them to local companies with small circulations?
That would eliminate nation wide propaganda machines and reintroduce true public opinion into the industry.
Not that I propose that.
Just that I point out the stupidity of banning one type of potential propaganda while promoting another.
Large newspapers along with the unions are our real danger.
Rule by corporations is a real danger, but only when they are corrupted by bad government which then in turn leads to more government corruption.
They feed on each other.
It is known as Fascism.
“Dont go to court in the dark of night and under cover of good intention to squeeze the boundaries of freedom to the vanishing point.”...
How do we know they are NOT doing a sneaky midnight deal?
Always watch the other hand with these people-this may be what they WANT you to see and make the noise about.
Only registered voters that can actually vote for the candidate in question should be able to donate to that candidate and they should be able to donate as much as they like. Period. That is campaign finance that makes sense.
Hodes will be free to work on this full time when he is back in the civil sector in 2011.
The left-wing know that they have powerful support from foreign interests with groups of people like ACORN, International A.N.S.W.E.R. , Moveon.org, etc All of these groups were out in force using foreign money directly to influence American policy and our elections. Yet that does not bother the hypocrites on the left who want to suppress their boogey man (corporations) and in spreading their hate speech against the private sector.
The left-wing do not believe in EQUAL rights for ALL. The left-wing want to use the Courts to suppress peoples rights and to not give them an equal right to representation on issues such as when life begins , or on how society deals with issues of sexuality in public. The left-wing want to drive all religious expression behind closed doors and outlaw religion in the public square.
Let Hode “go through the motions”.
The supremes will simply declare his constitutional ammendment unconstitutional...
Living in Massachusetts, I always used to love having a Republican neighbor to the north. When Massachusetts passes some new tax (look, there’s another one) you could always run across the state line to avoid it.
Now the Liberal Disease has apparently afflicted the good people of New Hampshire. Sad. They used to be so conservative and sensible.
New Hampshire should form its own in-state Border Patrol and close the state line.
Live Free Or ... oops ... never mind.
When we say “Free Speech”, we don’t mean for you!
There can be one and only one reason they are going ballistic over this ruling and that is because it is a road block in their attempt to become an oligarchy.
U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., said yesterday he intends to introduce a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn a controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that removed corporate and other special interest campaign spending limits. ... The National Republican Senatorial Committee called Hodes' plan hypocritical.
Hypocritical or not, at least he *seems to understand* the Constitution(1). That's something we can't say about his party leadership, or that squatter whose currently occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
(1) though having to 'consult with constitutional scholars' makes me chuckle. The 1st Amendment seems pretty clear to me.
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