Via Neal Boortz:
Even though the Supreme Court ruled on the side of freedom of speech when it comes to campaign finance, Democrats are eager to pass laws that will limit big money – read: corporations – from running away with elections. Georgia’s own Hank Johnson said it best on the floor of the House, “It’s because Republicans favor Big Business, and Big Business favor Republicans.” Great. How’s Guam doing, Congressman?
So yesterday, Princess Pelosi managed to twist enough arms and get legislation passed. It called the DISCLOSE Act – Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Election. According to Politico, it “will require corporations, labor unions, trade associations and advocacy groups to publicly declare their role in TV ads or mass mailings during the closing months of a political campaign, including where the money is coming from to pay for such activities.”
But like any bill, there were exceptions carved out in order to win over votes. In this bill, the “winners” were the National Rifle Association, unions and other special interests. The unions? Yup. The Democrats managed to get an exemption for their precious labor unions. The bill would exempt unions “from disclosure requirements transfers of cash from dues-funded groups to their affiliates to pay for certain election ads.”
I’m not shocked. The Democrats know that their butts are on the line in November, and one of their largest blocks of supporters lies with labor unions.
While we are talking about unions, take note of this story from The Hill: Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) suggested Thursday that Democrats might attempt to move “card-check” legislation this year, perhaps during a lame-duck session. Again, it’s all about getting re-elected, not what is doing what’s best for this nation or our economy.
This is Nancy’s ‘revenge’ for the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United vs FEC. It struck down limits on campaign spending. It let stand the rules on corporate and union disclosure. They can give what they want, but the amount will be matter of public record. If Nancy gets her way, the amount of money from Dem union cash cows will remain a secret.