Saturday, January 23, 2010

Man Who Spent a Billion Dollars to Get Elected Laments More Money in Politics

The hypocrisy meter just shattered. Here you have a guy who raised obscene amounts of money to get elected, much of it from untraceable online donations, mind you, and he's got the onions to whine about others having the opportunity to spend money to get their message out?

More than a bit self serving.
U.S. President Barack Obama used his weekly radio address on Saturday to assail a Supreme Court ruling this week clearing the way for corporations to spend freely on political advertisements, calling it a big victory for special interests and "devastating to the public interest." He added that his administration is working with Congress to develop a bipartisan legislative solution to override the ruling.

"The last thing we need to do is hand more influence to the lobbyists in Washington, or more power to the special interests to tip the outcome of elections," Obama said in his address.

The Supreme Court ruling, narrowly decided on a 5-4 vote, overturned restrictions on campaign financing contained in a law written by Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Russ Feingold (D., Wisc.), finding them to be an unconstitutional limit on free speech. Obama expressed concern that the decision "opens the floodgates for an unlimited amount of special interest money in our democracy," including by foreign corporations with an interest in the outcome of U.S. elections.

"This ruling strikes at our democracy itself," said Obama.
Spoken by a man doing his level best to destroy our democracy.

Any Republican who goes along with possible legislation to override this deserves to be removed from office.

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