Citizens United http://wfpl.org en Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Have 'Sharp Differences' on Campaign Finance Rules http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-alison-lundergan-grimes-have-sharp-differences-campaign-finance-rules <p>Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes sit on opposite sides of the debate about the role of money in U.S. elections.</p><p>A deluge of campaign cash is playing a significant role in Kentucky's Senate race thus far.</p><p>The money raised by the campaigns and outside groups is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/kentucky-senate-race-spending-could-top-100-million/2013/08/11/09280212-0292-11e3-88d6-d5795fab4637_story.html">expected to top the $100 million mark</a> and go down as the most expensive in U.S. history.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:27:19 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8909 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes Have 'Sharp Differences' on Campaign Finance Rules Mitch McConnell Renews Crusade Against Campaign Gift Limits in 'Citizens United II' Case http://wfpl.org/post/mitch-mcconnell-renews-crusade-against-campaign-gift-limits-citizens-united-ii-case <p></p><p>Attorneys representing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will make oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week to scrap another set of limits on how much individuals can donate to political campaigns.</p><p>It is a case that could have serious ramifications on U.S. elections and possibly increase the amount of money spent on federal races in a way the controversial Citizens United decision did.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 7118 at http://wfpl.org Mitch McConnell Renews Crusade Against Campaign Gift Limits in 'Citizens United II' Case "Citizens United Two" Ruling Won't Change Kentucky Laws http://wfpl.org/post/citizens-united-two-ruling-wont-change-kentucky-laws <p>The U.S. Supreme Court&#39;s decision <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/06/25/155707295/supreme-court-says-montana-cannot-ignore-citizens-united-ruling">to overrule a Montana campaign finance law</a> is likely to boost the rise of super PACs in Kentucky.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 20:18:03 +0000 Kenny Colston 782 at http://wfpl.org Yarmuth, McConnell React to Supreme Court’s Montana Decision http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-mcconnell-react-supreme-court-s-montana-decision <p>The Supreme Court strengthened its Citizens United case Monday when it <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-supreme-court-strikes-down-montana-ban-on-corporate-spending-20120625,0,1240460.story">struck down a 100-year-old Montana ban on corporate spending</a> in state and local elections.</p><p>In a summary reversal that had no oral arguments, justices ruled 5-to-4 against the state along the same lines it did for the controversial 2010 decision that allows for unlimited spending by companies and unions in federal campaigns.</p><p>Locally, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., have sat on opposite sides of this debate.</p><p>McConnell issued a statement praising the high court&#39;s ruling as a victory for the First Amendment and exaggerated claims of corporate control.</p><blockquote><p>In another important victory for freedom of speech, the Supreme Court has reversed the Montana Supreme Court, upholding First Amendment free speech rights that were set out in Citizens United. As I pointed out in an <a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/05/02/mcconnell-urges-supreme-court-to-reaffirm-citizens-united-case/">amicus brief that I filed in the Montana case</a>, a review of Federal Election Commission records of independent spending supporting the eight Republican presidential candidates earlier this year showed only minimal corporate involvement in the 2012 election cycle. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 16:48:02 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 779 at http://wfpl.org Supreme Court Rejects Corporate Campaign Spending Limits http://wfpl.org/post/supreme-court-rejects-corporate-campaign-spending-limits <p>The Supreme Court has reaffirmed its two-year-old decision relaxing limits on corporate campaign spending. The justices on Monday reversed a Montana court ruling upholding state restrictions.</p><p>By a 5-4 vote, the court&#39;s conservative justices said the decision in the Citizens United case in 2010 applies to state campaign finance laws and guarantees corporate and labor union interests the right to spend freely to advocate for or against candidates for state and local offices.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:29:08 +0000 The Associated Press 775 at http://wfpl.org McConnell Being Scolded for Opposing Disclose Act http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-being-scolded-opposing-disclose-act <p>Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is being scolded for flip-flopping on campaign disclosures after his <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-obama-disclose-act-threaten-first-amendment">denunciation of legislation requiring that Super PAC donors provide their names</a>.</p><p>Speaking before the American Enterprise Institute last week, McConnell argued that contributors to third party organization have a right to remain secret and that the Disclose Act is threatening their free speech. But <a href="http://fatlip.leoweekly.com/2012/06/18/mcconnell-blasts-radical-idea-of-letting-americans-know-who-is-buying-their-democracy/">local</a> and <a href="http://leanforward.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/18/12287860-mitch-mcconnells-disclosure-flip-flop?lite">national critics</a> point out that <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/06/18/155263978/sen-mcconnell-political-donations-are-free-speech">wasn&#39;t McConnell&#39;s position a few years ago</a> when he was at the forefront of opposing campaign finance reform.</p><p>&quot;Money is essential in politics, and not something that we should feel squeamish about, provided the donations are limited and disclosed, everyone knows who&#39;s supporting everyone else,&quot; McConnell told NPR&#39;s Talk of the Nation in 2003.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:59:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 694 at http://wfpl.org McConnell: Obama, Disclose Act Threaten First Amendment http://wfpl.org/post/mcconnell-obama-disclose-act-threaten-first-amendment <p>In a fiercely worded speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused President Obama of violating citizen&#39;s First Amendment rights and denounced legislation that would require Super PACs to disclose the names of contributors.</p><p>The conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute hosted McConnell on Friday, where he addressed First Amendment rights in light of the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/22/us/politics/22scotus.html?_r=1">Supreme Court&rsquo;s much argued Citizens United case</a>. The decision rejects spending limits in federal elections for companies and unions.</p><p>McConnell has been supportive of the controversial 5-to-4 ruling&nbsp; and has<a href="http://archives.wfpl.org/2012/05/02/mcconnell-urges-supreme-court-to-reaffirm-citizens-united-case/"> urged the justices to reaffirm the decision</a> in the face of a pending legal challenge.</p><p>Democrats have pushed the Disclose Act in response to the ruling that would mandate third party groups reveal who donated to pay for election ads, but the measure has failed to move forward in Congress.</p><p>McConnell says the measure amounts to harassment and an attempt to intimidate conservative donors and organizations.</p><p>&quot;What this bill calls for is government-compelled disclosure of contributions to all grassroots groups, which is far more dangerous than its proponents are willing to admit,&quot; he says. &quot;Because if disclosure is forced upon some but not all, it&rsquo;s not an act of good government, it&rsquo;s a political weapon&hellip;This is nothing less than an effort by the government itself to exposes its critics to harassment and intimidation.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:10:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 669 at http://wfpl.org McConnell: Obama, Disclose Act Threaten First Amendment