Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked legislation requiring fuller disclosure of the money behind political advertising, derailing a major White House initiative and virtually ensuring an onslaught of attack ads during this year's midterm election season.I think McConnell has got it wrong - the bill is about protecting the American people from corporations spending seemingly limitless amounts of cash to push their agenda, which is typically at odds with the interests of the average American - just consider British Petroleum's actions surrounding the rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Last time I checked, the constitution was not created to secure the rights of corporations.
The vote -- in which Democrats fell just shy of the 60 votes needed to avoid a GOP filibuster -- marks a major setback for President Obama, who has railed against the influence of special interests in elections and pushed for the legislation as a counterpoint to court rulings freeing up the use of corporate money in politics.
The development also represents a significant victory for Senate Republicans and business groups, which portrayed the measure as a Democratic attempt to tilt the playing field by discouraging corporations and other likely critics from spending money on political ads. The measure is the latest in a series of Democratic initiatives that have been approved by the House only to die in the Senate, including comprehensive climate-change legislation abandoned last week.
Opponents of the Disclose Act -- which would force corporations, unions and other groups to reveal the donors behind their political ads -- said the vote marked a victory for free-speech rights, including the rights of corporations to spend as much as they want on political advertising.
"This bill is a partisan effort, pure and simple," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the vote. ". . . This bill is about protecting incumbent Democrats from criticism ahead of the November election."
If you ask me, the Republicans blocked this bill so that they, along with their political allies, won't have to disclose where the money is coming from to pay for their attack ads against Democrats. If you think about it logically, McConnell's comments make no sense - for over a year, the Republicans have been making accusations that unions have been trying to influence elections, but when Democrats try to push legislations that would place limitations on political spending by corporations and unions, the law is nothing more then an assault on the freedom of speech.
Republicans need to reevaluate their priorities and decide whether or not they still want to represent citizens or if they should just change their platform to be exclusively for corporations. I guess GOP stands for "greed over people."