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Old 09-18-10, 11:21 AM
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100918/...bi_ge/us_obama


WASHINGTON – Stop blocking legislation to limit the amount of money corporations and unions can spend on campaign advertising, President Barack Obama is telling Republicans, saying their strategy is "politics at its worst."

"This is common sense," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. "In fact, this is the kind of proposal that Democrats and Republicans have agreed on for decades. Yet, the Republican leaders in Congress have so far said 'no.'"

At issue is a Supreme Court ruling that reversed a centurylong trend of limiting the power of big money in politics by saying corporations and unions may spend heavily to influence presidential and congressional elections.

Republicans, seen as mostly benefiting from the ruling, argue that Democrats are only trying to protect themselves with the bill.

The Democratic-controlled House has passed legislation to scale back the ruling and require greater disclosure by donors. Senate Republicans have blocked it and it's unlikely that the Senate will act on the measure in time to affect the Nov. 2 elections, when control of the House and Senate is at stake, along with 37 governorships.

Obama said a partisan minority in Congress wants to "ride this wave of unchecked influence all the way to victory" on Nov. 2.

"It's politics at its worst. But it's not hard to understand why," he said.

In response, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Democrats are the ones trying to get the upper hand.

McConnell criticized Obama for talking up a "a partisan campaign bill" for the second time in four weeks at a time when Americans are desperate for Washington to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy.

"By focusing on that partisan effort to rig the fall elections rather than the stagnant economy, Democrats are proving once again that the jobs they care about most are their own," said McConnell "It's a transparent effort to help themselves ahead of an election in which they clearly can't run on their record."

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I applaud the Repubs for this action.

And I agree that the WH & Congress should be devoting their attention to much more important matters.
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Old 09-18-10, 11:55 AM
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Worth reading on this subject:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/us...er=rss&emc=rss

G.O.P. Allies Drive Ad Spending Disparity
By MICHAEL LUO
Published: September 13, 2010

Outside groups supporting Republican candidates in House and Senate races across the country have been swamping their Democratic-leaning counterparts on television since early August as the midterm election season has begun heating up.

Driving the disparity in the ad wars has been an array of Republican-oriented organizations that are set up so they can accept donations of unlimited size from individuals and corporations without having to disclose them. The situation raises the possibility that a relatively small cadre of deep-pocketed donors, unknown to the general public, is shaping the battle for Congress in the early going.


The yawning gap in independent interest group spending is alarming some Democratic officials, who argue that it amounts to an effort on the part of wealthy Republican donors, as well as corporate interests, newly emboldened by regulatory changes, to buy the election.

“While each of our campaigns has the resources they need to be competitive, we now face shadow groups putting their thumbs on the scale with undisclosed, unlimited and unregulated donations,” said Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

As the primary season ends this week and the general election begins in earnest, the nightmare for the Democrats is that this is just the beginning. Tracking by Democratic media buyers, in fact, shows that other large chunks of television time have been set aside in the coming weeks in key House races by more Republican-leaning groups.

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In Senate races, Republican-leaning interest groups outspent Democratic-leaning ones on television $10.9 million to $1.3 million, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 8, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group, a company that tracks political advertising.

In the House, Republican-leaning groups outspent Democratic-leaning ones, $3.1 million to $1.5 million.

Television spending by the candidates themselves was fairly even during the period, with Republicans in the Senate pouring out about $19.6 million compared with $17.3 million by Democrats; in the House, Democrats spent $7.6 million to the Republicans $7 million. Spending by the party committees was negligible.


A major question is how big a mark labor unions will be able to make for Democrats; they have mostly held their fire on television up to this point. The one exception is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which spent $1.2 million on House races. The Citizens United decision frees them up to more directly support candidates, as well, but even their leaders seemed to indicate that they would not be able to match pro-Republican expenditures over the airwaves.

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Also worth reviewing is the Economist: Democracy in America post on this subject which addresses the article above with some amount of skepticism:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democ...mpaign_finance
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[QUOTE=classicman2;10378033]http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100918/...bi_ge/us_obama


WASHINGTON – Stop blocking legislation to limit the amount of money corporations and unions can spend on campaign advertising, President Barack Obama is telling Republicans, saying their strategy is "politics at its worst."



School me here, but doesn't the democrats have the majority in congress? Or do the republicans have the majority?
Just asking.
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School me here, but doesn't the democrats have the majority in congress? Or do the republicans have the majority?
Just asking.
Yes, they does.
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Originally Posted by jfoobar View Post
Worth reading on this subject:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/us...er=rss&emc=rss



Also worth reviewing is the Economist: Democracy in America post on this subject which addresses the article above with some amount of skepticism:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democ...mpaign_finance
Where was all the complaining when Moon Bat Soros and Move On were plastering the air waves with anti bush commercials......
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I need to start one of these groups. Anybody know a good place to read up on the rules?
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Originally Posted by BKenn01 View Post
Where was all the complaining when Moon Bat Soros and Move On were plastering the air waves with anti bush commercials......
That was different, this is now, and the Dems are in trouble. "There oughta be a law." Hypocrisy in action.
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Where was all the complaining when Moon Bat Soros and Move On were plastering the air waves with anti bush commercials......
Keep fucking that chicken!
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It's all part of the ongoing hostage crisis in DC:

To listen to President Obama, you'd think we were in the grip of a never-ending hostage crisis. In sixteen speeches, statements and interviews this year, including his State of the Union address, he has decried the hostage-taking of one issue or another:

* MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUT EXTENSIONS: "So let me be clear to Mr. Boehner and everybody else: We should not hold middle-class tax cuts hostage any longer." -Speech on the Economy, Parma, Ohio, 9/3/10

* AID TO SMALL BUSINESS: "Simply put, holding this bill hostage is directly detrimental to our economic growth." Statement on the Economy. -The Rose Garden. 8/30/10

* VETERANS PROGRAMS: "...to sign advanced appropriations into law so that veterans health care will never again be held hostage to the budget battles of Washington." -Address to Disabled Veterans of America, Atlanta, 8/2/10

* UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: "While a majority of Senators support taking these steps to help the American people, some are playing the same old Washington games and using their power to hold this relief hostage - a move that only ends up holding back our recovery. It doesn't make sense." -Weekly Address, 7/3/10

* IMMIGRATION REFORM: Unfortunately, reform has been held hostage to political posturing and special-interest wrangling..." -and to the pervasive sentiment in Washington that tackling such a thorny and emotional issue is inherently bad politics. -Speech at American University School of International Service, 7/1/10

* HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM: "For too long, we've been held hostage to an industry that jacks up premiums and drops coverage whenever they please. Those days are coming to an end." Address to American Nurses Association, 6/16/10

* NOMINATIONS: "The confirmation of well-qualified public servants shouldn't be held hostage to the pet projects or grudges of a few individual senators." State of the Union Address, 1/27/10.

* ENERGY POLICY: "The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century. We are not going to move backwards. We are going to move forward." Speech at Carnegie-Mellon University, 6/2/10

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It's all part of the ongoing hostage crisis in DC:

If "hostage" usage pushes "at the end of the day" out of political discussions, then I'm all for it.
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It's all part of the ongoing hostage crisis in DC:



That....is fucking brilliant.
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Obama has no credibility on this issue. He promised to accept federal matching funds and their accompanying spending limits, but then he broke that promise and had the most expensive election campaign ever.
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Originally Posted by TheBigDave View Post
It's all part of the ongoing hostage crisis in DC:



Why is it that I feel that the words preceding each of those quotes is, "Let me be clear."?
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I am much more concerned with Gerrymandering than I am with Campaign finance.
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Then you don't believe the giving of money to political campaigns is a form of political speech.

I definitely think it is.
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