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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Federal Election Commission: the REAL Culprit Behind Huge Anonymous Campaign Contributions

Don’t get me wrong.  The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision sucks balls.  Citizens United overturned decades of restrictions on political campaign funding; basically saying America is for sale to the highest bidder.

But Citizens United had nothing to do with disclosure rules requiring wealthy campaign donors to reveal their identities.  The culprit behind these anonymous campaign contributions is the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The Federal Election Commission has taken already-existing campaign disclosure rules and basically “re-interpreted” them into oblivion.  Under the FEC’s new “interpretation,” campaign donors still have to identify themselves — but only if the donor has specifically stated how the money is supposed to be spent.

Let’s say you’ve donated a million dollars to a militant anti-abortion group.  If you’ve specifically told this group “I want you to spend this money on TV ads attacking pro-choice candidates,” then your identity has to be revealed.  But if you’ve given a million dollars to this same group without specifying how you want them to spend the money — what the fuck else are they going to spend it on? — then you’re allowed to keep hiding under your rock.  You can purchase an election and the lowly public won’t even know who purchased it.

Last April, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D—Maryland) filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission, trying to get them to “un-reinterpret” the already-existing disclosure rules.  A month ago the FEC voted on a motion to consider Van Hollen’s request.  The vote was 3 to 3; the tie vote killed the motion.  Needless to say, the three No votes came from the three Republican appointees to the FEC.

While the Supreme Court gets vilified for its Citizens United ruling — and rightly so — nobody even knows the names of the three FEC commissioners who are allowing wealthy campaign donors to keep cowering in the shadows while they purchase one election after another.

Those three names are:  Caroline Hunter, Donald McGahn II and Matthew Petersen.

Anonymous — get busy.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Just when I think our campaign finance setup couldn't be any more rotten, along comes something like this.

Getting the reinterpretation changed is something Congress will have to do. First, we have to get Democratic majorities big enough to overcome filibusters and the inevitable DINOs pulling the wrong way.

January 23, 2012 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

Nobody knows the names of the Supreme Court justices either.

January 23, 2012 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Tom,
You're onto something here. We've all got to keep pushing to get big money OUT of politics!

January 23, 2012 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

I think Mr. Colbert has exposed the sham here.

January 23, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

What Demeur said times a million. Colbert and Stewart are showing this scam for what it is.

January 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

The Rushpubliscums are hellbent on turning this country into North Guatemala, damn the people, damn the Constitution. Rushpubliscums simply canot be entrusted with any instrument of Government anymore.

January 23, 2012 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Large Democratic majorities -- that's something to aspire to. But first we need better-informed voters who won't get mesmerized by Fox and talk radio.

Mr. C: LOL. Sad but true.

Jack: It won't be easy but that's what we've got to do.

Demeur: I love Colbert's PAC and presidential campaign.

Jess: I just hope the larger viewing public will see Colbert's "campaign" and Stewart's skits. I don't know if they're just preaching to the choir or if they're reaching a larger audience.

JR: Either North Guatemala or West Somalia.

January 23, 2012 at 5:31 PM  

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