Democrats are worried now that corporations can donate like their beloved unions. Oh, I forgot, corporations and unions donate more to Democrats than Republicans.
Democrats are also still upset about the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United vs F.E.C. Democrats couldn’t get their DISCLOSE Act passed, when they controlled by the House and the Senate, so now they are suing the F.E.C. to reveal political donations to Republican, not Democrats.
This stunt comes on the heels o the F.E.C. investigating Obama’s campaign donations, which have yet to be disclosed. Many don’t know that Obama’s campaign accepted pre-paid credit cards, that are untraceable, during his presidential run.
From the NYTimes
WASHINGTON — Unable to stanch the flow of corporate money to Republican causes, Democrats tried a new tack on Thursday by bringing a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission to force the disclosure of tens of millions of dollars in secret donations.
The lawsuit seeks to close “a major loophole” that allows private companies and nonprofit groups to operate “under a veil of anonymity” in raising money for political work, said Representative Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat who brought the lawsuit along with lawyers for several liberal groups.
In another push for greater disclosure, President Obama is considering issuing an executive order that would require contractors with federal business to report their political donations. “His goal is transparency and accountability,” said the White House spokesman, Jay Carney.
Translation: Obama regime will not approve your bid if you donate to Republicans.
A surge in corporate spending on political causes — the result of a Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case in January 2010 — became a major issue in the Congressional races that year and promises to be important in the 2012 presidential race.
Obama-backed unions outspent corporations 3 to 1, even after the Citizens United ruling. Isn’t it fun exposing liberal myths. Why didn’t the NYTimes make note of this?
Some Democrats attributed their loss of the House majority in November to the flood of largely anonymous spending by conservative groups. They have been unsuccessful in rolling back aspects of the Citizens United decision in the courts or in Congress, where Senate Republicans last year blocked a measure known as the Disclose Act, which Mr. Van Hollen sponsored.
I guess the voters had no say in booting Democrats out of power? How do Democrats roll back a Supreme Court ruling? Van Hollen’s Disclose Act allowed special interest groups and unions to remain untouched, but the NYTimes fails to mention this news nugget as well.
As a result, Democrats are turning to other regulatory and executive branch measures — tactics that conservatives said Thursday smacked of political desperation as the presidential election nears.
“This is a sign of weakness by a group that’s afraid they’re going to lose, and lose big,” said Bradley A. Smith, a conservative lawyer and former Federal Election commissioner who leads the Center for Competitive Politics, a conservative advocacy group.
“Again and again, you see evidence that their real purpose is to try to shut down their political opposition,” Mr. Smith said. He and other conservatives argue that disclosure requirements pushed by Democrats amount to a chilling of free speech.
That is the goal, pure and simple.