Desperate Dems seek to ram through campaign restrictions before November

September 14, 2010 08:01

Lobbyists like Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy 21, which has received heavy funding from George Soros‘ Open Society Institute, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Joyce Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts want the DISCLOSE ACT pushed through before the November elections to stifle Republican campaign supporters but enable unions free reign.

By Susan Crabtree at The Hill – Campaign finance showdown in works


‘With a Republican takeover of Congress a distinct possibility come November, advocates for greater limits on campaign spending believe they are facing a now-or-possibly-never scenario for the legislation. With time running out, they are pinning their hopes on Maine GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, two longtime champions of campaign finance reform.’

‘The vote would occur before senators leave Washington in October to campaign and could come as early as next week.’

‘Both chambers of Congress have already voted on the Disclose Act.’

‘McConnell succeeded in keeping his members in line, as there was not a single GOP defection on the Disclose Act.’

‘Collins came out against the Disclose Act just before the previous vote on the bill, citing what she viewed as imbalances in the way corporations and unions are treated and complaining that the measure was designed to provide Democrats an advantage in the November election. Snowe, meanwhile, said she was focused on measures aimed at creating jobs and bolstering the economy.’


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