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Jeff Merkley, Senate Democrats say U.S. Constitution must be changed to control campaign spending
Oregonian ^ | 11-1-11 | Charles Pope

Posted on 11/02/2011 12:44:55 PM PDT by tcrlaf

WASHINGTON - Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and six other Democrats charged Tuesday that modern political campaigns - and democracy itself - are threatened by a pair of "awful" Supreme Court decisions that can only be fixed by changing the U.S. Constitution itself.

The senators said during a news conference that adding a new provision to the Constitution is necessary if Congress wants to nullify a 1976 ruling that said campaign spending was the same as free speech and a 2010 ruling that removed all limits on campaign spending for special interests, corporations and labor unions.

"In the mid-70s the activist Supreme Court opened the flood gates to allow special interest money to flow into our elections by falsely equating money with speech," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said, referring to the case Buckley v Valeo.

That case was followed last year by Citizens United v Federal Election Commission which opened the way to a surge of campaign spending by corporations, interest groups and labor unions.

(Excerpt) Read more at oregonlive.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: buckleyvsvaleo; charlesschumer; citizensunited; constitution; corruption; defeat; democratcorruption; democrats; democratscorruption; elections; jeffmerkley; liberalfascism; newyork; oregon
I'm not sure how this one slipped by...

Can you feel the fear taking hold in the Democrats? They KNOW they are in real danger next year.

By SCOTUS saying that Corporations have the same campaign spending rights as the Unions that extort them, they have set the stage for the Democrat Crony election money to be MATCHED, and it's frightening the hell out of them.

1 posted on 11/02/2011 12:45:02 PM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

The Union/Democrat party racketeering is the BIG problem.


2 posted on 11/02/2011 12:51:16 PM PDT by Loud Mime ("Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn)
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To: tcrlaf

Getting something like that to rise to the level of a constitutional amendment... rotsa ruck rats. Besides do you want to really make it clear that you think the American people are so stupid as to treat an election as a referendum on how many ads they heard?


3 posted on 11/02/2011 12:52:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (ya don't tug on Superman's cape/ya don't spit into the wind--and ya don't speak well of Mitt to Jim!)
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To: tcrlaf

Quidado! Don’t let the Marxists anywhere near a Constitutional Convention. Even their call to amend is suspect. They are destroyers not builders or repairmen.


4 posted on 11/02/2011 12:52:17 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: tcrlaf

At least the idiots want to go about their stupidity the correct way. Go ahead and try an amendment, fools.


5 posted on 11/02/2011 1:08:32 PM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: tcrlaf
These guys can't be serious. The quality of members of Congress and Senators declined precipitously after McCain/Feingold was enacted.

Getting rid of that excess of regulation is one of the best things the Court has ever done ~ roughly on the order of beating back the Nazis in WWII

6 posted on 11/02/2011 1:08:32 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: tcrlaf

Anytime a Democrat wants to play by the rules, I grab my wallet.


7 posted on 11/02/2011 1:08:43 PM PDT by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: tcrlaf

Senator Merkely didn’t seem to mind campaign money when Obama sent him money from his very deep 2008 pockets to help him get elected.


8 posted on 11/02/2011 1:10:35 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: tcrlaf
Merkley is either nuts or got a medical marijuana prescription from one of those so called doctors in Oregon if he thinks an amendment like that will pass.
9 posted on 11/02/2011 1:11:00 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: tcrlaf

The only way to control campaign spending is to reduce the importance of government to the point that no one has an incentive to try to buy influence.

I don’t expect any of the the political careerists or careerist wannabes to line up for that one.


10 posted on 11/02/2011 1:13:12 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: tcrlaf
If we start refusing to send our money at confiscatory rates to Washington the corruption will dwindle noticebly.

Starve the beast.

11 posted on 11/02/2011 1:13:25 PM PDT by frogjerk (Today is already the tomorrow which the bad economist yesterday urged us to ignore. - HAZLITT)
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To: tcrlaf

I have an idea, lets make an amendment for the direct election of Senators rather than by the State party bosses, that will eliminate the money and corruption in the Senate...Oh wait...


12 posted on 11/02/2011 1:15:56 PM PDT by frogjerk (Today is already the tomorrow which the bad economist yesterday urged us to ignore. - HAZLITT)
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To: Hunton Peck

“The only way to control campaign spending is to reduce the importance of government to the point that no one has an incentive to try to buy influence.”

From your mouth to God’s ear.


13 posted on 11/02/2011 1:45:55 PM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: tcrlaf
"In the mid-70s the activist Supreme Court opened the flood gates to allow special interest money to flow into our elections by falsely equating money with speech," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said

I agree.

Repeal the 17th amendment, and let's get rid of 33 of the most expensive elections that occur every two years.

Eliminate the need to finance 100 Senate elections, and you will begin to eliminate the national party fundraising blocs. The House elections will be too many and too often to be supported by national blocs, and the presidential election will be too infrequent to support a national fundraising bloc.

-PJ

14 posted on 11/02/2011 1:50:45 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: tcrlaf

The Democrats are frightened of free speech!

It takes a two-thirds vote of both Houses Of Congress and ratification by 3/4 of the states to enact a constitutional amendment.

This one isn’t going anywhere.


15 posted on 11/02/2011 1:56:50 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: jazusamo
Merkley is either nuts or got a medical marijuana prescription from one of those so called doctors in Oregon if he thinks an amendment like that will pass.

He probably thinks Pelosi and Reid can just write it up, have Obama sign it, and it's a done deal.

16 posted on 11/02/2011 2:00:43 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: tacticalogic

The Democrats know they lost their fund-raising advantage when leftist special interests had to finally compete with right-wing special interests.

They want to turn the clock back for the benefit of the Democratic Party. But because its clearly partisan, there are no GOP takers for it.


17 posted on 11/02/2011 2:05:21 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I propose amending the Constitution to outlaw liberal nuttiness.


18 posted on 11/02/2011 2:19:25 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: tcrlaf

Well, they have not a prayer of getting a Constitutional Amendment passed before next November (if ever).


19 posted on 11/02/2011 2:32:55 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: jazusamo
Merkley is either nuts or got a medical marijuana prescription from one of those so called doctors in Oregon if he thinks an amendment like that will pass.

Doesn't Oregon have an assisted suicide law, Merkley seems to be terminally stupid.

20 posted on 11/02/2011 2:39:09 PM PDT by depressed in 06 ( Where is the 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad when we need it?)
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To: goldstategop
The Democrats know they lost their fund-raising advantage when leftist special interests had to finally compete with right-wing special interests.

It also doesn't help when their campaign treasurers try to compete with Solyndra.

21 posted on 11/02/2011 2:46:37 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: depressed in 06

Yep, we still lived in OR when it was passed. It was hard to believe there were enough leftists in the state to pass it but they did.


22 posted on 11/02/2011 2:51:35 PM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: tcrlaf

DEFUND socialist collectives, foreign and domestic. Vote out socialists/progressives/RINOS (Republicans Implementing Nuances Of Socialism).


23 posted on 11/02/2011 7:58:43 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: tcrlaf
That case was followed last year by Citizens United v Federal Election Commission which opened the way to a surge of campaign spending by corporations, ....
Yeah, Citizens United was a STOO-PID decision. Saying 'corporations are people', geez how dumb can you get.

After all, what is a 'corporation'? Nothing but a bunch of shareholders who own stock in that corporation. And who are these 'shareholders'? Why they're nothing but a bunch of .... uh .... people.

Hmmm? .... wait a sec?!? ..... Never mind.


;-)

24 posted on 11/03/2011 6:12:07 AM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks tcrlaf.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and six other Democrats charged Tuesday that modern political campaigns - and democracy itself - are threatened by a pair of "awful" Supreme Court decisions... wants to nullify a 1976 ruling that said campaign spending was the same as free speech and a 2010 ruling that removed all limits on campaign spending for special interests, corporations and labor unions.

25 posted on 11/03/2011 5:35:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: tcrlaf

District Five in Oregon needs to throw out Merkley. He has not done one thing for the people of Oregon.


26 posted on 11/13/2011 2:25:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: tcrlaf; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; coffeebreak; ...
If you aren't on this ping list and are interested
in articles about Oregon, please FReepmail me.

27 posted on 11/13/2011 2:26:12 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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