Obama Vows to Fight SCOTUS Decision on Free Speech Corp Campaign Money … But People Agree with the Courts
The United States Supreme Court handed down its decision on a key part of McCain-Feingold and corporate donations being considered free speech.
Once again it would appear that President Barack Obama is not only on the wrong side of the American Public, but the Supreme Court of the United States. In his weekly radio address, Obama lashed out against the SCOTUS that reversed campaign finance laws stating that they were considered free speech. However, should the United States be concerned when a sitting President starts threatening the highest court in the land?
After a week of setbacks for Democrats and progressive causes, President Barack Obama took to the airwaves this morning to attack the Thursday Supreme Court decision that lifted restrictions on corporate spending in elections, sounding a populist alarm and vowing to work with Congress to formulate some sort of legislative response.
Obama states he is going to fight for the American people, yet the American Public in a recent Gallup Poll agree with the SCOTUS that Campaign Money Is “Free Speech.” 55% of Americans agree that corporate and union donations should be the same as individual donations while only 39% disagree. This is also not a Repulican or Democrat issue as 62% and 64% respectively agree that corporate/union donations should be treated the same as individual donations.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans consider campaign donations to be a protected form of free speech, and 55% say corporate and union donations should be treated the same way under the law as donations from individuals are. At the same time, the majority think it is more important to limit campaign donations than to protect this free-speech right.
Populist Obama complaining about campaign money? You know that Obama’s words might be more believable if his actions were not so absurd. Because paying off the Unions with special tax breaks that the rest on non-Union Americans with regards to Cadillac plans in back room non-transparent deals has nothing to do with special interest groups does it.
In my first year in office, we pushed back on that power by implementing historic reforms to get rid of the influence of those special interests. On my first day in office, we closed the revolving door between lobbying firms and the government so that no one in my administration would make decisions based on the interests of former or future employers.
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Obama’s words also might be a little bit more believable when it comes to campaign finance laws if he had not flip-flopped on public matching funds for his 2008 Presidential election and record spending.
Obama, who at one point promised to participate in it before changing his mind, is expected to announce in the next few days that he raised more than $100 million in September alone, a figure that would shatter previous monthly fund-raising records.