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ELECTIONS: GOP trying to silence opponents

Letter by David Lucas, Tacoma on March 2, 2011 at 10:42 am with 27 Comments »
March 2, 2011 1:12 pm

Re: “FEC deadlocked over disclosure” (TNT, 3-2).

According to the article, “If an impasse at the FEC remains, corporations, unions and wealthy individuals will be able to fund hundreds of millions of dollars in in campaign advertisements for next year’s presidential and congressional elections while keeping their identities secret.”

But if corporations and wealthy individuals are able to eliminate unions as they are attempting in Wisconsin, where will that leave the nation?

Why is it that House Speaker John Boehner claims that “sunshine is the best disinfectant,” yet again and again we see Republicans blocking the simple notion that if you donate money to a cause it should not be done be in secret?

What are they hiding? Do people feel like they need to keep it secret when they donate to the Special Olympics?

Republicans are seeking elimination of the one group – unions – that can collectively counter in pooled $100 amounts what two wealthy brothers from Kansas can spend in a single election cycle. This is what the Gilded Age looked like in America: corporate titans crushing unions and shrinking the middle class.

There is simply no reason that corporate and individual donations to campaigns should not be made public. The Supreme Court itself said it should be done, yet the Republicans in Congress block its implementation.

So much for sunshine.

Leave a comment Comments → 27
  1. Karl Rove is on record as saying the best way to destroy the Democratic parth is thru union busting which would denie the D’s their major source of funding and helpers.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Unions have NO place in Government employment.

  3. donjames says:

    xring says:

    Karl Rove is on record as saying the best way to destroy the Democratic parth is thru union busting which would denie the D’s their major source of funding and helpers.

    And you can produce that quote of record – verbatim – I am sure.

  4. Conspiracy theory much Dave?
    You must be the ying of Beck’s yang… looks like the lwnuts have a new boogey man…

    xring throws another noodle with now supporting link… kookey.

  5. … no

  6. DJ – I saw it on FOX so it has to be true.
    Or you can try http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12374

  7. Your link does not support your statement that “you saw it on fox”… and your link is somehow more reputible than fox ? kooky

  8. here here, dave

  9. I need to invest more money in tinfoil stocks. In a couple of years I’ll be rich and the Democrats will be… as they are now. Out to lunch.

  10. klthompson says:

    And, of course, the Democrats would never do such a horrendous thing. I think it is called “tit for tat”.

  11. The Republicans and Tea Partiers will be feasting high on the hog on the scrapes thrown down by the corporate masters.

  12. “The Dems’ Tepid Approach to What’s at Stake in Wisc. Is Helping Conservatives Destroy Unions, Defund the Democratic Party and Take over the Country”

    http://www.alternet.org/news/150057/

  13. xring says:
    March 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    The Republicans and Tea Baggers…

    ( out of ammo Polago? )

    Polago says:
    March 1, 2011 at 9:18 pm
    You can always tell when the far right runs out of ammunition. They start throwing sticks and stones.

  14. ItalianSpring says:

    whatIdo- GREAT post.

  15. what & IS,

    You can tell when right wing media pundits are lying – their lips are moving.

    Now that we have exchanged childish taunts, do you have anything constructive to add to the discussion?

    Or shall we continuing with sticks and stones?

  16. donjames says:

    xring,
    The fact that you get your information from sources like buzzflash and alternet is neither surprising nor particularly revealing. But linking them to support your wild conspiracy theories is down right… anticipatory.

    “I saw it on FOX… ”

    You mean you saw a bite on the huffpo. So funny how Politifact and FOX can be credible sources for libs… when their points or conclusions fit an agenda.

    And I still have not seen a direct quote, video footage, link to a soud bite, or any other proof to back up your and you link’s conspiracy theory about Rove (or any other of the crap I have seen RE WI lately).

  17. And if you did you would claim in was faked.
    -30-

  18. Cut defense spending in half, restructure entitlements and take action on the GAO’s audits. Whatever else is left, start with the lowest priority (anything not supporting public safety, transportation infrastructure and education) spending and cut your way up to balanced.

    As for campaign disclosure, everyone who makes a contribution should discloes it. I don’t care if you’re David Koch or John Q. Public. Voters have the right to know who is trying to sway their vote. Period. This is not a Republican vs. Democrat or Uber-Business vs. Union issue; this is Big Money vs. The People issue.

  19. JA – and only registered voters should be allowed to donate.

  20. xring says:
    March 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    “The Republicans and Tea Partiers will be feasting high on the hog on the scrapes thrown down by the corporate masters.”

    —————

    whatIdo says:
    March 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

    xring says:
    March 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    “The Republicans and Tea Baggers…”

    What’s your point?

  21. “The Republicans and Tea Partiers will be feasting high on the hog on the scrapes thrown down by the corporate masters.”

    Yasum boss, when i was a day-trading a while back i figgure that i just follow dem corporate folk and dey corporate money… sure enoguh i found me where dey eat those caviar and lobster and stuff…. when dey done, i sneak in there and grab me some of dem scraps… I was doing real good… was able to put tires on me truck and get ‘em off the cinder blocks… bur then the tax man come and ask for his cut…. I was afraid so i had to sell me a tire…

    If you ask a crazy man like me you should be putting some pennies in gold (I might wait for a dip though), oil might be good as the price goes up but be ready to get out when the situation stablizes over there with dem folk, prices are shooting up in dem commodities if you haven’t bought in yet… not too sure how to work dat right now…

    i’m tellin’ ya brother, watch dem rich folk, dey be rich for a reason. dey see dem opportunites, I sees them too, i just wish i wasn’t so underprivalage like i am told all da time…

    anyway gotta clean the windows… keeps the misses happy… you have a blessed day now. thank ya kindly for your time.

  22. BCG:
    Corporations have no place in the political process.

  23. So funny how Politifact and FOX can be credible sources for libs… when their points or conclusions fit an agenda.

    Since you and your friends regularly dismiss any source that doesn’t skew far Right, I prefer to cite them – not because I believe they are the best sources – but it makes it harder for you to ignore the information presented.

    However – you have found a way to do so with the above quote – essentially your standard for believable sources is that any information that counters your belief system is unbelievable – no matter what the source is.

  24. Here’s the original quote Polago… before the nanny ‘fixed’ it.
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    xring says:
    March 2, 2011 at 9:22 pm
    The Republicans and Tea Baggers will be feasting high on the hog on the scrapes thrown down by the corporate masters

  25. xring, still taking those meds on time?

  26. Frosty, apparently need to get your adjusted since my ordinal ‘feasting high on the hog’ post has not been removed or altered by the nanny.

  27. Thank you, David, for pointing out one great example of the hypocrisy of the Rs.

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