The above sentence was not intended to be a factual statement. But rumors like this are going to keep flying, and keep multiplying, as long as Mitch McConnell
keeps fighting every attempt to provide campaign finance disclosure.
What are McConnell and his fellow sleazebags hiding? The “reasoning” behind the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision was that unlimited “campaign contributions” (formerly known as bribery) were all fine and good, since voters could follow the money and see which politicians are owned by which special interest groups. But we can’t very well “follow the money” when these bribes are anonymous now, can we.
Most voters are opposed to the Citizens United ruling that allows unlimited campaign contributions. Among the people who are in favor of that ruling, most of them want full disclosure of who is bought and paid for and by whom.
Last Friday Mitch McConnell gave a speech at the American Enterprise Institute. He lashed out at Republicans who are starting to “cave in” on campaign finance disclosure:
“I know that as November draws near, some of those running for office will feel the need to choose their battles. There will be a very strong temptation, particularly among conservatives, to take this particular issue off the table, to make concessions. My advice is to resist the temptation. Because, as I’ve said, everything we’re fighting for is contingent on our ability to speak our minds.”
WTF??? “Our ability to speak our minds” is threatened if the public finds out who these secret donors are? Who the fuck ARE these secret billionaires and organizations that nobody is supposed to know about?
Senator Chuck Schumer responded to McConnell’s speech with:
“…As Justice Brandeis said, sunlight is the greatest disinfectant. Senator McConnell is apparently now afraid of sunlight because the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent for his candidates and against the President, if disclosed, would create an enormous backlash.”
This is exactly why campaign finance disclosure is so important. Corporations are allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to purchase politicians, but they’re in danger of losing customers if the public finds out which candidates they’re funding. Fortunately (for the plutocrats), corporations can make their political donations through the country’s largest money-laundering syndicate: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Politicians are bought, and the lowly public doesn’t know who bought them.
So let the rumors fly. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has received billions of dollars from North Korea and al Qaeda. Mitch McConnell’s senate campaigns have been financed by the world’s largest child pornography ring.
Of course nobody can prove these accusations.. But slippery politicians can DISPROVE these rumors by DISCLOSING who owns them.
Labels: American Enterprise Institute, campaign finance disclosure, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Chamber of Commerce