Angry White Males With Money To Burn

Today Senate Republicans are set to kill the DISCLOSE Act, which is summarized this way:

To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes.

In other words, the proposal wouldn’t do much to change the Citizens United money now flowing freely into our electoral system, but it would attach a name and a face to it. But such transparency—outside groups like Super PACS would have to disclose who their donors are—would be fatal to the success of Republican politics these days, as rich right-wingers seek, well, I’ll just let Harry Reid say it:

If this flood of outside money continues, the day after the election, 17 angry old white men will wake up and realize they’ve just bought the country. That’s a sad commentary. About 60 percent or more of these outside groups’ dollars are coming from these 17 people. These donors have something in common with their nominee. Like Mitt Romney, they believe they play by their own set of rules.

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  1. Yes, this is what it has come down to, and if any clarity is needed by anyone, the issue was explained brilliantly by Rachel Maddow last night. Izzak Mak posted her clip on his blog (it’s the second one):

    http://iwanticewater.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/spitting-into-the-wind/

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  2. Anonymous

     /  July 17, 2012

    How I am growing to despise the policies of the Republican Party. It is the party of the rich, and the rich only, led by a group of their stooges–including Roy Blunt. They will lead us down the road to Fascism. By the way, does anyone remember the New World Order?

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  3. By the way, Anonymous is JHight01.

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  4. ansonburlingame

     /  July 17, 2012

    Hmmm?

    If Harry Reid KNOWS that “17 old white men” are trying to buy the election for the GOP, I suspect such information was DISCLOSED to him, somehow.

    I also wonder why all this fuss over money was not being raised by DEMS in 2008 when Obama outspent McCain by a considerable amount?

    And if Anonymous is JD Hight, the local Dem party chairman, or used to be so, then I am surprised that he is still “growing” in his hatred of the GOP. Just how much hatred is enough?

    AB

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  5. Anonymous

     /  July 18, 2012

    McCain took public funding. Those who forget the past are doomed.

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  6. ansonburlingame

     /  July 18, 2012

    Soooo!

    McCain was stupid to do so and Obama was smart to rely on SuperPacs, Soros, et al?????

    I would also suggest that those that try to ignore the present, like what is going on in Europe today and tell us “debt” makes no difference in America today are playing ostrich. And don’t try to convince me that debt does make a difference but only when we get over this present “hump in the road” economically.

    Progressives have been saying that since FDR!!

    Anson

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