McConnell proves his fealty to the 1-percent yet again

Posted on July 16, 2012


Republicans in the Senate today filibustered the Disclose Act, which would have required disclosure of anyone who donates to independent groups that spent more than $10,000 on campaign ads — or their functional equivalent — and other election spending.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Disclose Act “un-American” and “an attempt to identify and punish political enemies, or at the very least, intimidate others from participating in the process.”

14 of the Republicans who voted against the Disclose Act today voted in favor of the exact same bill 17 months ago, including Arizona’s John McCain, Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Indiana’s Richard Lugar and Massachusetts’ Scott Brown.

The 2010 version of the bill, which included provisions that went beyond simple disclosure, also was blocked by a Republican filibuster in a 59-41 vote.

The transparency provisions of today’s Disclose Act would have covered contributions to non-profits and unions, including groups organized as social welfare non-profits under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, which are the biggest spenders in the 2012 election.

Leading that group[ is Karl Rove’s “Crossroads GPS,” which is not reporting expenditures to the FEC or disclosing its donors. To date, Crossroads GPS has spent $143.7 million on advertising campaigns since the beginning of 2011 without disclosing its donors or the specifics of the spending itself.

McConnell called the Disclose Act “a watered-down, worthless piece of partisan chicanery that liberals want to use to humiliate patriotic Americans by exposing their political allegiances.”  “We need real disclosure,” McConnell said, “not some Democrat party wink-and-a-nod to the liberal-controlled media. This bill is an attempt by Democrats, who have realized they can’t shut up their critics, to go after the microphone instead, by trying to scare off the funders.”

In May, McConnell said that he would support any avenue toward full disclosure because, as he said, “Any implementation of a set of requirements for even partial disclosure would be better than the secretive system that this administration has in place now.”

McConnell conveniently forgot to mention that the financial disclosure laws that are currently active have not been modified or changed in any way since they were enacted by President George W. Bush on March 22, 2002.

“We are determined to prove that transparency is not a radical concept,” said Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.). “Our bill is as simple and straightforward as it gets – if you are making large donations to influence an election, the voters in that election should know who you are.”

McConnell said today that “campaign finance disclosure amounts to nothing short of harassment and a suppression of our Constitutional right to free speech.”

Short of a sudden affliction that renders him completely mute, the only thing I wish upon Mitch McConnell is a severe and permanent thrashing at the polls in November to throw his worthless, corporate-owned carcass into the Republican-defunded nursing home he belongs in.

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