Skip to comments.Walking a Fine Line on Campaign Finance [McCain is deeply saddened]
Posted on 05/25/2014 10:09:29 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
WASHINGTON There are three big winners from the recent Supreme Court decisions that Senator John McCain says might dismantle entirely campaign finance laws: wealthy interests, greedy politicians and investigative journalists.
The decisions, culminating in another loosening of restrictions last month, were crafted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and a slim majority. They essentially contend that limitations on campaign financing impede speech and that the system profits from more money.
The consequence will be record sums of cash in the midterm races this year, and for the 2016 presidential election.
Wealthy individuals, corporations and unions will spend unlimited sums to affect elections, and rich donors can now give huge amounts to political party committees.
All this cash sloshing around seems certain to produce the mother of all political scandals. Why? It always does. The initial ban on corporate contributions more than a century ago was in response to bribes; more recent limitations grew out of Watergate, when excessive money led to corruption and criminality.
The definition of corruption was hotly debated on the court by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Stephen G. Breyer. The chief justice, who opposes most campaign finance restrictions, offered a narrow interpretation: Political corruption is bribery only, a direct exchange of an official act for money.
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Prosecute and Imprison corrupt Politicians; in a real hard labor prison.
ALBERT R. HUNT and that witch wife of his (NPR Doyen) are saddened.
Yup. But McCain of McCain-Feingold and the rest of his dear friends across the aisle are DEEPLY saddened.
The Democrat Party will never listen to reason. They view their politicians as deities, and to them, questioning their deities is worthy of punishment. It’s quite scary to think that people actually believe they only have rights by the grace of their Obamessiah.
Mc, do something useful.
You promised us ala carte cable TV a decade ago!
The Capitol jail won’t hold 535 persons.
But Barack Obama can take in hundreds of millions of laundered foreign dollars through anonymous prepaid debit cards, and that’s perfectly OK.
We can appropriate funds to build a bigger jail. Say, my cousin builds jails. Maybe we can get him to give us a discount.
What’s a little treason among friends?
So long as federal legislation holds the power of life and death over corporations, corporations have the right to defend themselves.
Amen. Simply abide by the constitution and the central government could be reduced by about 80%!
One of the baser aspects of McCain-Feingold was that it favored the re-election efforts of incumbents. McCain wrote it; that makes him a greedy politician.
In addition to being a dim bulb, and, in the opinion of many, a puppet of the NVA/DNC.
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The irony is that wealthy interests were never shut out of government manipulation or control. Hasn’t the NYTs ever heard of “limousine liberals”?