I can’t believe that anyone has the nerve to say what the Republican candidates are saying these days. Mitt Romney says,
“I think the Supreme Court’s decision was following their interpretation of the campaign finance laws that were written by Congress. My own view is now we tried a lot of efforts to try and restrict what can be given to campaigns, we’d be a lot wiser to say you can give what you’d like to a campaign. They must report it immediately. And the creation of these independent expenditure committees that have to be separate from the candidate, that’s just a bad idea.”
So, I guess that means that anyone or anything* can give whatever amount they want to a campaign as long as it is declared and goes straight to the campaign, not through the SuperPAC campaign laundering system that operates now.
This interpretation of Mitt’s statement:
“This is more radical than Citizens United,” David Donnelly of Public Campaign Action Fund told me when I asked for his reaction. “It means that if he is president he will appoint Supreme Court justices that will eviscerate any ability to regulate campaign finance.”
While it’s true that Romney wants donors disclosed, this doesn’t constitute regulation; it just means the public would be aware of who is giving unregulated sums in huge amounts to campaigns.
“This would set up a pipeline from Wall Street directly to campaigns,” Donnelly concluded. “This is the one percent’s wet dream.” source
Mitt’s statement should be HEADLINED EVERYWHERE! This is what this man stands for! Mitt Romney: no finer example of the 1%.
*that would be the corporations (which are NOT people, my friend).