WASHINGTON, January 28, 2016 – When Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was still senate majority leader in 2014, he introduced a constitutional amendment scaling back First Amendment protections of free speech in the name of campaign-finance reform. Money alone, said leading democrats, should not determine which candidates are the most successful.
Tell that to the GOP.
According to Reuters, Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have spent $82 million and $49 million respectively on political advertising. And yet, the pair lag in the polls.
Frontrunners Donald Trump (a billionaire) and Ted Cruz have spent $5 million and $11 million respectively, and lead the GOP pack.
When Trump announced he would seek the presidency, he stated the main goals of a Trump administration: get control of the nation’s porous southern border and the illegal immigration problem.
Ted Cruz proved his presidential intentions in the U.S. Senate, leading a filibuster against the funding of unpopular and dictatorial Obamacare; forcing a government shutdown that proved American life could continue normally with less government and millions of “nonessential” federal workers furloughed and rendered harmless.
Can you name a single defining issue associated with Jeb Bush or the other Republican also-rans?
It was the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission that declared the restrictions placed on free speech by the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law unconstitutional.
The issue specifically hinged on the legality of government restrictions blocking the dissemination of information mentioning a candidate (in this case an anti-Hillary Clinton documentary) 30 days before a primary election or 60 days before a general election.
President Obama went so far as to condemn the high court’s Citizens ruling during his second State of the Union address.
That same year, fueled by anger over the passage of Obamacare and with considerable funding of Tea Party groups by the libertarian billionaire Koch brothers, Democrats lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attacked the Kochs for using their considerable wealth for “voter mobilization and television ads attacking President Obama and congressional Democrats.”
Nothing angers Democrats like a functioning democracy.
Reid and many like-minded Democrats in Congress and the mainstream media fear money and advertising determines the outcome of elections.
Again, tell that to the GOP.
“There is no return on investment on the [Jeb] Bush ad buys, zero,” an angry Bush supporter and donor told Reuters.
In the end, politics is about ideas.