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McCain says campaign finance reform is dead
Breitbart (AP) ^ | Janaury 24, 2010

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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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: campaignfinance; cfr; constitution; mccain; mccainfeingolf; scotus
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1 posted on 01/24/2010 9:59:44 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian; lmarie373; Abundy; missanne; Victoria Delsoul; 50mm; stockpirate; Eaker; ...
Sen. John McCain says the movement he led to reform how political campaigns are financed is dead.

...and soon his political career will be too!

Purge the RINOs and the RINO apologists!

J.D. HAYWORTH '10

2 posted on 01/24/2010 10:01:21 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Purge the RINOs! * http://restoretheconstitution.ning.com/)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Thats good John, because the only ones who liked it and benefited were the dums.


3 posted on 01/24/2010 10:01:40 AM PST by libs_kma (If you RAM it down our throats in 2009, we're going to SHOVE it up your "donkey" in 2010!!!!!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

When you sleep with dogs...


4 posted on 01/24/2010 10:03:16 AM PST by kempster
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To: Cheap_Hessian
McCain says campaign finance reform is dead

Long live the First Amendment!

5 posted on 01/24/2010 10:03:59 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (J.D. Hayworth for Senate!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
TIME TO DANCE!
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6 posted on 01/24/2010 10:04:46 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Cheap_Hessian
“...but comprehensive immigration reform is still very much alive!”
7 posted on 01/24/2010 10:06:22 AM PST by Deo volente (January 19, 2010...the Second American Revolution begins, right where it all started!)
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To: rabscuttle385

“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!


8 posted on 01/24/2010 10:06:44 AM PST by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.

Good riddance.


9 posted on 01/24/2010 10:08:13 AM PST by Danae (Don't think the Constitution matters? Try living in a country without one.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Our goal should be no more progressives...Democrat or Republican.


10 posted on 01/24/2010 10:12:07 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


11 posted on 01/24/2010 10:16:12 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


12 posted on 01/24/2010 10:18:31 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: libs_kma
Thats good John, because the only ones who liked it and benefited were the dums.

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

13 posted on 01/24/2010 10:20:09 AM PST by Popman (Election 2010: Congress: your pink slips are coming ............... :)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
"Sen. John McCain says the movement he led to reform how political campaigns are financed is dead."

About g-d time!

And it's about damn time we rid ourselves of McCain too.

14 posted on 01/24/2010 10:20:18 AM PST by Redbob (Pray for Pres. Obama...Psalm 109, v.7)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


15 posted on 01/24/2010 10:20:19 AM PST by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

We know Maverick. It’s been a wonderful week, hasn’t it?


16 posted on 01/24/2010 10:22:32 AM PST by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

So he admits his signature issue was unconstitutional. He needs to be tossed from the senate.


17 posted on 01/24/2010 10:22:53 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: rabscuttle385

Please JD, RUN! McCain is already campaigning against JD in radio spots and JD has yet to announce his intentions. RUN JD, RUN!!!!!!


18 posted on 01/24/2010 10:23:20 AM PST by GrannyAnn
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To: Cheap_Hessian

So is McCain’s campaign, now that his wife and daughter are out there supporting non-conservative values.


19 posted on 01/24/2010 10:24:17 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Cheap_Hessian
There's nothing with political spending. We spend more on Coke than we do on the future of the country. That says it all.

"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

20 posted on 01/24/2010 10:27:27 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

i’m glad it is.


21 posted on 01/24/2010 10:28:48 AM PST by techno
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Try some real reform.

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.

22 posted on 01/24/2010 10:29:17 AM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


23 posted on 01/24/2010 10:30:19 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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McCain says campaign finance reform is dead

SCOTUS says it's unconstitutional.

America - 1
"Honorable" John McCain - 0

24 posted on 01/24/2010 10:32:25 AM PST by jla
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


25 posted on 01/24/2010 10:34:12 AM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Cheap_Hessian

No thank you ol’ Yellowstain, I might add.


26 posted on 01/24/2010 10:37:39 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (We bury Democrats face down so that when they scratch, they get closer to home.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Are we sure this isn’t satire? ;-P


27 posted on 01/24/2010 10:38:50 AM PST by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

All McCain cared about was using the hideous CFR as a springboard to the presidency. He obviously failed.


28 posted on 01/24/2010 10:39:51 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


29 posted on 01/24/2010 10:40:26 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: Ditto
Not one single dollar allowed from Corporations, Unions, PACs or any other fictitious entity.

Do you agree with our Constitution, or not? What you're proposing is again, a violation of the First Amendment.

To wit:

"Congress shall make no law.....abridging the freedom of speech..."

30 posted on 01/24/2010 10:50:41 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: CRBDeuce

You have to do something about those evil speculators - the bondholders and preferred stockholders. They are the focus of evil in the modern world.


31 posted on 01/24/2010 10:51:04 AM PST by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: rabscuttle385

RETIRE, McTRAITOR, RETIRE! Anyone who DEFENDS this lout is a SOCIALIST!

32 posted on 01/24/2010 10:51:23 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Has McCain ever been right about anything?


33 posted on 01/24/2010 10:52:12 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Please please please, good people of Arizona.
Send this old RINO fool off to a retirement home where he belongs.
Heyworth, please.


34 posted on 01/24/2010 10:55:57 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Get out of the peoples house and take that shelf ass ugly woman with ya.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
he is a trojan horse, a plant to destroy the republican party

No, I did not drink any coffee today :D

35 posted on 01/24/2010 11:12:29 AM PST by lmarie373 (*These little guys might look cute and cuddly, but trust us: they will kill you.-on emanuel brothers)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
McCain says campaign finance reform is dead

Next: McCain's career in politics.

36 posted on 01/24/2010 11:26:51 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Windflier
Do you agree with our Constitution, or not? What you're proposing is again, a violation of the First Amendment.

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.

37 posted on 01/24/2010 11:45:09 AM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: lmarie373

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..


38 posted on 01/24/2010 11:57:19 AM PST by Soothesayer9
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Never should have been alive in the first place, you traitorous bastage! (McCain).


39 posted on 01/24/2010 11:57:39 AM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Soothesayer9

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.


40 posted on 01/24/2010 12:04:22 PM PST by lmarie373 (*These little guys might look cute and cuddly, but trust us: they will kill you.-on emanuel brothers)
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To: Ditto

Guess you missed the SCOTUS decision this week - or else you are expecting it to be over-turned in the future?


41 posted on 01/24/2010 12:39:45 PM PST by Enchante (Mr. Brown Goes to Washington...... kick a@@, take names, and scorch all the bastards, please!)
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To: rabscuttle385

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!


42 posted on 01/24/2010 12:52:33 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html, http://sites.google.com/site/thevuzvuz/)
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To: Erik Latranyi

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...


43 posted on 01/24/2010 12:57:16 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html, http://sites.google.com/site/thevuzvuz/)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

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.


44 posted on 01/24/2010 1:00:10 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (www.publishedauthors.net/benmaxwell/index.html, http://sites.google.com/site/thevuzvuz/)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


45 posted on 01/24/2010 1:04:41 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

John, please switch parties.


46 posted on 01/24/2010 1:04:54 PM PST by DungeonMaster (A Christian Democrat is better than a heathen Republican)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

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.


47 posted on 01/24/2010 1:07:22 PM PST by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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To: rabscuttle385

So the First Amendment’s protection of political speech has been restored.

Cool.


48 posted on 01/24/2010 1:59:26 PM PST by Dr. North
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To: Ditto

Free speech that involves financial expenditures to get a bigger audience for that free speech is still free speech.


49 posted on 01/24/2010 2:02:06 PM PST by Dr. North
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To: Ditto
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..

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?

50 posted on 01/24/2010 2:17:23 PM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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