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Politicians need finance reform

2012-07-04T00:42:00Z Politicians need finance reformCaryn Unsicker, Silvis The Quad-City Times
July 04, 2012 12:42 am  • 

The U.S. Supreme Court just expanded its 2010 Citizens United decision to strike down a 1912 Montana state law that prohibited unlimited corporate campaign contributions.

Besides the obvious perils of unlimited, anonymous, corporate money flooding American politics, two things really bother me. The first is that labor unions — even in their heyday — had only a fraction of the money of corporate America, and Republicans are out to eliminate them as evidenced by the 10-to-1 spending in Wisconsin’s recall election, prompted by Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to weaken and eventually kill the unions.

Secondly, the big-government-hating tea party is deafeningly silent about the Supreme Court’s obvious trampling on Montana’s (et al) states’ rights. They seem outraged by big government only when it suits them — like trumping up bogus fears over imaginary plans to take away their guns.

I doubt if we’ll hear a peep out of Rep. Bobby Schilling because he already had received $6,000 from the Koch brothers back in January. By contrast, Cheri Bustos values the integrity of our votes. She has said she will fully support campaign finance reform. Let’s give her a chance to do that next November.

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(4) Comments

  1. Alphamale
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    Alphamale - July 05, 2012 12:07 pm
    Just where is your outrage over Obama's refusal to enforce Federal immigration laws? You leftists are all hypocrites.
  2. Alphamale
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    Alphamale - July 05, 2012 12:05 pm
    Yeah, what we really need is for the Marxists to take all the free speech away from the capitalists. The problem in this country isn't too much free speech, it is too much government. You people on the left won't be happy until only the government is empowered and has free speech.
  3. Over taxed
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    Over taxed - July 04, 2012 3:26 pm
    Top 5 donors to Cheri Bustos
    Emily's List $75,857
    American Hospital Association $15,000
    UA Political Education Committee $10,000
    Prairie Political Action Committee $10,000
    AMERIPAC $10,000

  4. myself
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    myself - July 04, 2012 11:54 am
    You MUST have a Constitutional Amendment to do this, or a blanket dictatorship.
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