McConnell's new campaign finance loophole..

Apparently, Mitch McConnell thinks that there wasn't enough spending in the last election. The incoming-Senate Majority Leader wants to slip a new campaign finance loophole into the upcoming budget bill.

Currently, individual candidates can receive $5,200 per donor in an election cycle, but national and state party committees can receive much, much more. There are regulatory limits on how much those parties can coordinate with candidates on political advertising. However, McConnell is trying to attach a policy rider to the omnibus bill that would remove the restrictions on candidates and parties working together to coordinate spending on advertising.

The only restriction left in McConnell's rider says that party spending could not be “controlled by, or made at the direction of” the candidate. It doesn't take a criminal mastermind to see how easy it would be to get around that guideline.

If his rider is successful, it would make the individual campaign contribution limits meaningless, as billionaires could simply donate more to the parties and candidates could influence how that money is spent.

McConnell himself helped clear the path for massive donations to parties in the McCutcheon case – which eliminated the aggregate cap on how much one individual could donate to political parties. Now, the Republican leader wants to be rewarded for his hard work.

We've seen the damage that massive campaign spending has done to our political system. We must continue to call for an amendment that says money is not speech, and we've got to fight hard to keep the meager regulations we've got left.

Call your Senators and tell them to keep McConnell's rider out of the budget, and tell them that we will keep fighting until we get the money out of our political system once and for all.


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mathboy 8 years 9 weeks ago

The New York police department is claiming that if you can talk you can breathe. That's not quite true. I once had my chest crushed by a steel pipe frame. I couldn't breathe at all for about a minute afterward, but I was able to tell my friend that I couldn't breathe by pumping the air in my mouth to enunciate.

Aside from that, being able to talk doesn't mean that the person is getting enough air to survive. Talking only requires letting air out. Pantaleo wasn't letting Garner get air back in.

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ckrob 8 years 9 weeks ago

I still miss the Sachmo theme (in memory of your father) at the end of each Friday show.

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Alvord Al 8 years 9 weeks ago

I just read your blog commentary about McConnell's proposed campaign finance loophole. To squelch this sort of thing once in for all, why aren't a coalition of progressive activist organizations sending out petitions urging a constitutional ammendment making it the law of the land that ONLY public funds can be used for public elections? NO outside money allowed. With all funding coming from a small obligatory yearly tax chipped in by all citizens, each candidate would receive the same amount of money and the same amount of time on public radio and television, effectively leveling the playing field. In one fell swoop, that would take care of the problem of corrupting money flowing into our election system. Then we'll choose candidates on their personal merits and innovative ideas as potential leaders----not on who raises the most Big Bucks.

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Kend 8 years 9 weeks ago

Although it is none of my business as I am Canadian but if you want yo clean up your elections reduce the length of the campaign. Here politicions only get two to three months to lie to us before the election. A lot less money gets spent. It equals the playing field a lot.

Gator Girl 8 years 9 weeks ago

mathboy, you are correct and even IF he could not speak the video spoke loudly and we not only heard the pitiful plea of Eric Garner, we SAW that choke hold in full view. The very idea that the police departments are abdicating their responsibility or allowing a grand jury to do what they were intended to do - decide IF there is enough evidence to bring a true bill for the case to go to court - they are now using the grand jury in place of this. Allowing Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO and the same in NYC with the defendant being allowed to testify - they usually are NOT even present - without REAL cross-examination is total perversion of our law. BOTH of these cases deserve and should have been bound over to the court to allow a jury to hear ALL of the evidence and subject the defendant to the SAME cross-examination as were the witnesses in each of these cases thereby allowing a jury to make the decisions.

I hope both of these families sue not ony the police departments but also, all of the officers involved, the city, the state, the families of those jerks - anyone and everyone they can reach out and touchl. A few of these successfully brought to bear and WON - by having a really GOOD attorney step up and take the case pro bono - would stop this.

Total injustice for sure

Gator Girl 8 years 9 weeks ago

Alfred Al, you are on the right track. And here I will include the next comment after yours. We should first, STOP the electioneering immediately after each election for the next one - hell, they don't even wait for that now. And, yes, allow ONLY public funding with all donor lists public and cap the amount each can donate, the candidates cannot use their own funds no matter how rich they are, Candidates should announce 90 days before the elections and that will be the ONLY time campaigning will be allowed and election day should be a MANDATORY holiday for EVERYONE with polls easy to access, increased in numbers and times open. NO exceptions. And term limits. Take the incentive out of this to have someone come in, build up their fortunes from political allies because they will no longer have that power and then OUT!! This would help take the big money out - oh, before I forget, the money to get a person on the ballot shold be negligable in order that AVERAGE people could qualify. Advertising should be REQUIRED ON ALL GOVERNMENT SPONSORED NETWORKS - ABC, CBS, NBC - at no cost with ads being very strick on content and not slamming others - and very strick numbers and time limits. This, I believe would go a long way in solving our total election problems. I notice now that NONE of the major networks - ABC,CBS AND NBC - carry the President's messages anymore. This would be REQUIRED in the future.

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Alvord Al 8 years 9 weeks ago

Gator Girl, I like your comments about additional tweaks to our broken election system. However, as for your mention of making "all donor lists public and cap the amount each can donate", I truly meant ONLY public funding from a small tax we all pay each year, earmarked for that purpose, with each candidate receiving an equal share. NO other money of any kind allowed. And strict laws with teeth enforcing that for both the average citizen and powerfully wealthy alike. As soon as additional donated funds of some sort are allowed, the rot sets in, with one candidate leveraging an advantage because he/she has friends with deep pockets. And with no way allowed to glom on to other outside funds, that would eliminate the constant need for our elected officials to immediately begin "dialing for dollars" for the next election on down the line. Instead, they could expend their time actually working to represent us and accomplish something useful for the common good!

I also like Canadian Kend's suggestion for greatly shortening the duration of the process, like in his country. It becomes VERY tiresome listening to all of that mostly disingenuous blowhard rhetoric for months on end!

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Willie W 8 years 9 weeks ago

Yes. Kend's Suggestion makes sense, but the networks would raise holy hell over lost advertising revenues. The argument would go round and round and spawn more commercials.

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2950-10K 8 years 9 weeks ago

"We've seen the damage that massive campaign spending has done to our political system" the sense that representation of those without $billions$ no longer exists, very true! But first it takes vulnerable citizens willing to listen and believe the lies that campaign spending generates. For a non billionaire to vote Teapublican believing the party will legislate in their best interest requires a massive cover up of truth/reality.

Until I'm blue in the face I keep repeating my outrage and frustration over Obama and the Democrats unwillingness to call the Teapublicans out on their blatant policy intended to undermine the working class by concentrating wealth. Senator Sanders and Warren are going hoarse speaking truth to power....why the silence from most everyone else? We pay for representation which includes speaking out loudly for truth and social justice.

"So my mind was filled with wonder when the evening headlines read that Richard Cory went home last night and put a bullet through his head."

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Elioflight 8 years 9 weeks ago

Bravo Kend, I agree that the length of the elections in the US are too long. That would help, but add public finance of elections, that would seal the deal--we'd get better candiates and better ideas--and a much better democracy.

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