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Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)
Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM

Posted on 04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections.

Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees.

Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, also praised the decision.

“Let me be clear for all those who would criticize the decision: It does not permit one more dime to be given to an individual candidate or a party,” McConnell said Wednesday. “It just respects the constitutional rights of individuals to decide how many to support.” Senate Democrats, who control the chamber, are already planning to respond. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he will hold a hearing on the impact of the McCutcheon decision and other rulings from the high court that he says “have eviscerated our campaign finance laws.”

Meanwhile, Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he introduced legislation intended to make donations more transparent by requiring all contributions of $1,000 or more to be disclosed to the Federal Election Commission within 48 hours. A campaign bill in the House will be introduced by Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).

“This in itself is a small step, but another step on the road to ruination,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat. “It could lead to interpretations of the law that would result in the end of any fairness in the political system as we know it.”

Responding to the decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) invoked his favorite boogeymen: the Koch brothers.

“The Supreme Court today just accentuated what they did on Citizens United, which is a decision that is one of the worst decisions in the history of that court,” Reid said during a press conference on raising the minimum wage. “All it does is take away people’s rights because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy America.”

Over in the House, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said he plans to introduce legislation that will “fully reverse this latest Supreme Court blunder.” And House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for passage of legislation sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) that is meant to amplify small-dollars donations to congressional candidates.

“Our founders risked their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor to create a democracy — a government of the many, not a government of the money,” Pelosi said in a statement. “After misguided and destructive court decisions in McCutcheon and Citizens United, it is clear that Congress must act swiftly to restore fairness to our campaign finance system.”

Current federal law limits the total amount an individual can give to $48,600 for candidates and $74,600 in contributions to PACs and party committees in each two-year cycle. That’s separate from the $2,600 limit on donations to a single candidate and the $32,400 cap on donations to parties.

While Democrats publicly criticized the decision, they were far more positive in private. One top Hill Democrat suggested Democrats had a larger number of donors, and they can now go back and ask these supporters for even more money.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the author of the landmark 2002 McCain-Feingold law that clamped down on soft-money contributions, said he was “disappointed” by Wednesday’s ruling — calling it the latest move from justices to “dismantle entirely the longstanding structure of campaign finance law.”

“I predict that as a result of recent court decisions, there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again,” McCain said. Burgess Everett, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan contributed to this report.


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1 posted on 04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
“Our founders risked their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor to create a democracy — a government of the many, not a government of the money,” Pelosi said in a statement.

No, they didn't. FUNP.
2 posted on 04/02/2014 12:29:11 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“I predict that as a result of recent court decisions, there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again,” McCain said.

Yep, the Keating Five comes to mind.


3 posted on 04/02/2014 12:31:26 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: SeekAndFind

This will be the reason why Dems lose in Nov 2014 in spite of Obamacare being a roaring success,

7 mill served !


4 posted on 04/02/2014 12:32:49 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: andyk

If this was a democracy people like Pelosi would have been strung up years ago.


5 posted on 04/02/2014 12:32:51 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope the Koch brothers double down on Harry Reid.


6 posted on 04/02/2014 12:33:44 PM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is why Hobby Lobby will win their case.


7 posted on 04/02/2014 12:34:46 PM PDT by CityCenter (Resist Obamacare!)
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To: andyk

McCain and Reid on the same side. Glad nothing changed during my nap


8 posted on 04/02/2014 12:35:01 PM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: SeekAndFind

Meanwhile Dingy Harry will reap $100 million from the Steyers Brothers who want to kill the Keystone Pipeline and make billions. They own the dirtiest coal plant in Indonesia.


9 posted on 04/02/2014 12:37:57 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind
And to think, just yesterday the democrats were in such a good mood after they had deluded themselves into believing Obamacare was a success.....
10 posted on 04/02/2014 12:39:53 PM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind

Reid is jealous of Makers, being a Stealer hisself.


11 posted on 04/02/2014 12:45:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: andyk

Hey Harry - we’ll see you a Soros and raise you a Koch brother.


12 posted on 04/02/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Thanks SeekAndFind. Demagogic Party ping:
While Democrats publicly criticized the decision, they were far more positive in private. One top Hill Democrat suggested Democrats had a larger number of donors, and they can now go back and ask these supporters for even more money.

13 posted on 04/02/2014 1:04:12 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Koch brothers are living rent free in the Rats heads.


14 posted on 04/02/2014 1:16:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Responding to the decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) invoked his favorite boogeymen: the Koch brothers.

"Show me the jewelry", Harry.

15 posted on 04/02/2014 1:21:22 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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“Our founders risked their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor to create a democracy — a government of the many, not a government of the money,” Pelosi said in a statement.

Invented history? Two can play that game:

"The Democrats risked their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor to create the Ku Klux Klan — a government of the Southern racists. They never disbanded, but now occupy the big cities, where they keep their black slaves in the chains of crime, drugs and the EBT card."

16 posted on 04/02/2014 1:27:53 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Now we know what products to support when we shop...


17 posted on 04/02/2014 2:07:03 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (uestion)
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To: SeekAndFind

If Harry Reid hates it, it must be a good thing.


18 posted on 04/02/2014 2:09:39 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SeekAndFind

The Democrats won’t be able to gain much from this ruling, since they don’t follow the current campaign-finance rules anyway.

Liberal Republicans won’t gain much either since most of their money comes from corporations.

But principled Conservatives will benefit because, being principled, they will stick together and share their local contributor lists with other Conservatives in other districts and states. And the Conservative SarahPAC will be able to take in more funds from small donors to compete more fairly with Karl Rove’s RINO organization of big fat-cat contributors.


19 posted on 04/02/2014 2:25:16 PM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: SeekAndFind
Reid's criticism of the Kochs must be a badge of honor for them.

Reid sounds like a deranged wino.

20 posted on 04/02/2014 4:50:07 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

yep.....


21 posted on 04/02/2014 6:22:40 PM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: Mister Da

Reid sounds like a deranged wino

Reid makes a deranged wino sound like a US. Senator.


22 posted on 04/02/2014 6:31:15 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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