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Democratic dudgeon: Nelson, House members blast Supreme Court’s campaign finance ruling

by George Bennett | April 2nd, 2014

In this photo provided by Rep. Ted Deutch's office, the congressman criticizes the McCutcheon ruling while People For the American Way field director Diallo Brooks holds the electronic bullhorn outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down limits on the total amount of federal campaign contributions a donor can give, prompting criticism from Democrats.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and three Democratic members of Palm Beach County’s U.S. House delegation slammed the McCutcheon vs. FEC ruling. Donors still cannot give more than $5,200 to a federal candidate ($2,600 for a primary and $2,600 for a general election), but today’s ruling eliminates a federal law that capped overall donations to candidates at $48,600 and limited aggregate donations to political parties and committees at $74,600.

The Democratic dudgeon begins after the jump…

Reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling:

Sen. Bill Nelson: “The most conservative justices on our nation’s High Court have once again sided not with hard-working Americans but this time with the wealthiest of political contributors. As a result, some of our government offices and public policies could end up being bought by the highest bidder.”

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton: “This terrible decision only compounds the damage of Citizens United and will further erode the American people’s faith in the ability of their elected leaders to stand up against billionaires and special interests. It is a dark day for our democracy when the Supreme Court dramatically increases the influence of the super-rich over our elections and government. We are headed down a dangerous path where the voices of average American citizens are effectively drowned out.”

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach: “This ruling is Citizens United on steroids, and strikes another blow at campaign finance reform. It gives an unfair advantage to the wealthiest Americans to influence elections. Freedom of Speech should not just be for billionaires.”

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a giant step backward for our nation. This ruling doubles down on policies that force elected officials to prioritize fundraising over legislating, and allows a few wealthy donors to overwhelm grassroots campaigns with money for their favored issues and candidates. It will undoubtedly further drown out the voices of ordinary Americans.”

4 Responses to “Democratic dudgeon: Nelson, House members blast Supreme Court’s campaign finance ruling”

  1. 1st and goal Says:

    Hey Deutsch- freedom of speech!
    We’ve always had it and always will. Period.
    You far left liberal creeps control the mainstream media and the entertainment disinformation machine (Sean Penn, Bill Maher, Rosie O’Donnell, Spike Lee) so choke on it ! !

  2. rebar Says:

    That whole freedom of speech rhetoric is a smoke screen. More like freedom to buy politicians.

    Don’t worry though, Democrats will also use it with their own super PACs.

  3. 1st and goal Says:

    Wrong rebar.
    Why now all of a sudden? We’ve never needed these limits before.
    And what a coincidence that all touting this are Democrats…. hmmm.
    It is because money (which makes free markets work)is the antidote to the monopoly held by the far left on ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN and the disinformation juggernaut known as the entertainment industry? You Democrats want to stifle the argument by limiting free speech which unfortunately has to be purchased.
    You want to talk smoke screen? How about Obama’s April 1st LIE proclamation that “we made our 7 million target by the deadline” followed by that media storm of a victory lap?
    Shelve your argument about campaign finance when the pathological liar leaves the White House.
    You Lose.

  4. Joe Says:

    This is about nothing more than opening the flood gates regarding the amount money that can flow into the hands of media giants through politician’s coffers. Its sad fact of human nature that the amount of money spent on a particular campaign is directly proportional to the number of votes received. Since most people don’t know that truth and fact are not required during a political battle the person with the largest bull horn usually wins. It’s still one vote per person no matter how wealthy you are or much you pay in taxes. A very good ethical argument can be made, that if you don’t pay taxes you should not have a say in determining how other peoples money should be spent, i.e. the right to vote. This ruling with a wink and a nod provides a strategic advantage to wealthy republicans by allowing them to purchase the votes of unsophisticated gullible people foolish enough to believe what they hear in political commercials.

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