Skip to comments.McCain says campaign finance reform is dead
Posted on 01/24/2010 9:59:44 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain says the movement he led to reform how political campaigns are financed is dead.
McCain says the Supreme Court has spoken on the constitutionality of political contributions by corporations. The Arizona Republican had sought to regulate them with a landmark campaign finance law he wrote with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.
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...and soon his political career will be too!
Purge the RINOs and the RINO apologists!
J.D. HAYWORTH '10
Thats good John, because the only ones who liked it and benefited were the dums.
When you sleep with dogs...
Long live the First Amendment!
“Sen. John McCain says the movement he led to reform how political campaigns are financed is dead.” Like John, it looks dead, bringing back the First Amendment, and further restoring the corporate person in contract law. Heck if we keep restoring contract law, soon we can restore the Constitution!
And a damn good thing too. It totally tilted the playing field toward the Unions, and THAT sort of SEIU dominance is NOT something this Nation can take again, it gave us Barack Obama, the lead puppet for the SEIU and ACORN.
Our goal should be no more progressives...Democrat or Republican.
It was a failure anyway. All it did was shift the balance of power to the unions and the Democrats. It did nothing to limit the amount of money or corruption.
If you want to do something about corruption in politics and get a handle on campaign contributions, do these two steps:
(1) Every candidate and party must publicly post donor names, city, state and amount. Failure to do so disqualifies the candidate from holding office.
(2) Pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting the federal government from allocating any money to the states or localities. If Congress cannot bring home the pork, contributions will dry up.
No kidding. When Bush failed to veto this McCain - Feingold POS legislation, he lost me totally.
If Juan didn't know it would benefit the way dems fund raise and hurt the GOP fund raising, he's an moron of the first degree
About g-d time!
And it's about damn time we rid ourselves of McCain too.
Campaign finance reform died when McCain accepted federal money and limits on his presidential campaign and his opponent went back on his word to do the same. Once again Republicans are missing the public relations game. They should have been on the talk shows this morning talking about Obama opting out of federal funding and raising an obscene amount of money. Instead, they are letting the Obama and the Democrats wail about big corporations.
We know Maverick. It’s been a wonderful week, hasn’t it?
So he admits his signature issue was unconstitutional. He needs to be tossed from the senate.
Please JD, RUN! McCain is already campaigning against JD in radio spots and JD has yet to announce his intentions. RUN JD, RUN!!!!!!
So is McCain’s campaign, now that his wife and daughter are out there supporting non-conservative values.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus
i’m glad it is.
Not one single dollar allowed from Corporations, Unions, PACs or any other fictitious entity. Allow any amount from individual citizens, only by personal check, and fully disclosed from the first dollar. Independent accountants and auditors required for all campaign receipts and disbursements with weekly reports posted for all to see. Any ‘volunteer hours’ be just that, purely volunteer. No 3rd party reimbursements for time spent working on a campaign.
Violations would require treble the amount in question be paid to the opponents campaign plus jail time and loss of voting rights for individuals involved.
It’s a trap, re-election BS. McCain would be the first to “reach across the aisle” to the Obamulans to resurrect McCain/Feingold Lite.
SCOTUS says it's unconstitutional.
America - 1
"Honorable" John McCain - 0
The guy is 74 and is still angling for another 6 years.
I can’t imagine why he prefers the company of the rest of the DC coots instead of that charming Meghan and NOH8 Cindy ...
The Senate has become like an extended care facility .
JD and Brown must be the beginning of a new wave of Republican vigor.
No thank you ol’ Yellowstain, I might add.
Are we sure this isn’t satire? ;-P
All McCain cared about was using the hideous CFR as a springboard to the presidency. He obviously failed.
The funny thing is, it took him making a fool of himself and getting taken down my his own law, before he understood the damage he had done.
Do you agree with our Constitution, or not? What you're proposing is again, a violation of the First Amendment.
"Congress shall make no law.....abridging the freedom of speech..."
You have to do something about those evil speculators - the bondholders and preferred stockholders. They are the focus of evil in the modern world.
RETIRE, McTRAITOR, RETIRE! Anyone who DEFENDS this lout is a SOCIALIST!
Has McCain ever been right about anything?
Please please please, good people of Arizona.
Send this old RINO fool off to a retirement home where he belongs.
No, I did not drink any coffee today :D
Next: McCain's career in politics.
Every citizen has the right to free speech. Fictitious entities, be it a corporation, union or political action committee or whatever do not have that same right to speak for an individual. Those entities are free to speak to their individual members and urge them to give money to politicians, but they do not have a right force their members to donate to a politicians (i.e. put words in their mouth.) That decision should be left to the individual.
If you had a job that required you to pay union dues, do you like the idea of that union giving your money to politicians you do not approve of? Same goes for stockholders in corporations. And PACs are simply a way to launder money extorted from individuals through the corrupt K-Street lobby industry.
None of those have anything to do with free speech. They are just about buying political influence.
Politicians aren't elected to represent unions, corporations or political causes. They are to represent the people. Allowing those fictitious entities to bundle money, our money, and use it to buy a louder voice with politicians.
Its kind of funny looking back..during the election a lot of the comments on this thread would have gotten one banned for insulting the Mighty Morphin McCain..and yet now, nothing but loathing for him. How times change..
Never should have been alive in the first place, you traitorous bastage! (McCain).
umm I never really defended mccain I remember searching the internet to see each candidate’s positions and issues,and to be honest I saw that both were the same. So after that discovery mccain wasnt a candidate worth defending.
Guess you missed the SCOTUS decision this week - or else you are expecting it to be over-turned in the future?
Ding dong, the bill is dead!
The stupid bill. It just got killed.
‘cause SCOTUS went and smacked it on the head!
It’s gone where Jim Crow laws are now
Below below below
And now at last, the pernicious bill is dead!
Also, the bigger the contribution, the more extensive the disclosure. A million dollars is legal, but you have to also state your employer, any corporations in which you own more than 5% equity or debt, or sit on the board of directors or are an officer, and any ties to foreign governments or non-profit organizations. A billion dollars is legal, but you have to make your tax returns public as well. A trillion dollars is legal, but...
Yeah, he picked Sara Palin and made her a national figure. He also stayed imprisoned in North Vietnam when he was offered an early out on account of his daddy.
Oh, so the word got back to you, huh, John?
Yeah, that USSC finally does have a say in it after all these years. Told you if was unconstitutional as soon as you guys came up with the damn thing.
John, please switch parties.
Juan is still looking for hands to shake across the aisle...his ‘friends’. Why don’t you try sticking your hand in a bag of snakes, Juan? You’ll end up with the same result.
So the First Amendment’s protection of political speech has been restored.
Free speech that involves financial expenditures to get a bigger audience for that free speech is still free speech.
Individuals have the right to contribute to a political action committee, or not. They have the right to own or buy stock in a corporation, or not. Presently they have the right to work for a union represented business, or not. How are the forced to contribute?