(AP) - President Barack Obama says Republicans should join him in opposing a Supreme Court ruling that vastly increased how much corporations and unions can spend on campaign ads. Instead, the GOP wants to "keep the public in the dark" about who's behind the expenditures, Obama charged in his weekly radio and Internet address, released Saturday as he vacationed on Martha's Vineyard.
"You'd think that reducing corporate and even foreign influence over our elections wouldn't be a partisan issue," said Obama. "But the Republican leaders in Congress said no. In fact,they used their power to block the issue from even coming up for a vote. "This can only mean that the leaders of the other party want to keep the public in the dark," said the president. "They don't want you to know which interests are paying for the ads. The only people who don't want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide."
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., scoffed at the president's
message. "Americans want us to focus on jobs, but by focusing on an election
bill, Democrats are sending a clear message to the American people that their
jobs aren't as important as the jobs of embattled Democrat politicians,"
McConnell said. "The president says this bill is about transparency. It's
transparent all right. It's a transparent effort to rig the fall elections."
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Finally on the offensive, Obama Challenges GOP to Reveal Secret Campaign Funding by U.S. and Foreign Corporations.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s answer to Obama’s challenge is to divert attention away from corporate electioneering by saying Obama’s is diverting attention away from jobs.
Nothing says JOBS like repealing the Fourteenth Amendment to combat declining illegal immigration, fighting gay marriage, downsizing government, leaving Wall Street alone, repealing health care reform, stopping high speed rail and trying to stop the building of mosques in NY, Tennessee, California, Wisconsin and Georgia.
Come on Obama, we’re on to you:
We would be rigging the fall elections by disclosing who’s paying what to influence those elections? Conversely, secret donations would put a stop to those who would try to “rig the fall elections?”
As we have all been told by Republicans, backed up by our own recusal adverse Wisconsin conservative activist Supreme Court Justices, that money does not buy influence. What was Obama thinking?