Harry Reid Just Escalated His War With The Koch Brothers In A Major Way
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid amped up his crusade against the Republican megadonor Koch brothers Thursday, backing
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to undo recent Supreme Court rulings on
In a speech from the Senate floor, Reid said
a vote on the amendment would be held sometime in the summer, after the Senate
Judiciary Committee marks up the amendment in the coming weeks. Reid also said
there would be hearings on the amendment, giving Democrats a chance to elevate
the campaign-finance issue to a higher profile in the thick of campaign
"Every American should have the same
ability to influence our political system," Reid said Thursday. "One
American, one vote. That's what the Constitution guarantees. The
Constitution does not give corporations a vote, and the Constitution does not
give dollar bills a vote."
Democrats announced the amendment, which is being sponsored
by New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall, late last month. It would give back
authority to Congress and state governments in regulating campaign spending,
and also would allow Congress to pass campaign-finance reform legislation that
withstands constitutional challenges.
In doing so, the amendment would reverse some
major recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance, including
2010's Citizens United case and the recent McCutcheon v. FEC ruling. Those decisions
have eliminated limits on millions of dollars' worth of donations to
political campaigns from corporations, labor unions, and generally wealthy
Since early March, Reid has been mounting an
offensive against wealthy contributors, focusing his ire on Charles and David Koch. In opening his
speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Reid hinted the political arm of the Koch
brothers' plan to spend $125 million on this year's elections spurred
"More and more we see Koch Industries —
Americans for Prosperity, one of their shadowy front groups — dictating the
results of primaries and elections across the country," Reid said.
"Behind these nonvoting organizations are massively wealthy men hoping for
a big monetary return on their political donations. When the candidates
they bankroll get into office, the winners inevitably begin to legislate their
sponsor's business plans. Less regulations, less overnight for
Despite Reid's heated rhetoric, it's
extremely unlikely Udall's amendment will ever become part of the U.S.
Constitution. It would need to be passed by two-thirds of both the House and
Senate, as well as ratified by three-quarters of the states. But the
high-profile nature of the amendment keeps one of Democrats' main messaging
tools front and center in the midst of the campaign.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
characterized the amendment as an "all-out assault on the right to free speech."
"It’s also a clear sign of just how
desperate elected Washington Democrats have become in their quest to hold onto
power," McConnell said in a statement. "Proposing to take away this
fundamental right from the American people and vest it in the federal
government instead is the ultimate act of radicalism, and it should concern all
Americans who care about their right to speak their minds and to participate
freely in the political process."
of the Public, for the first time the democrat’s Senate Majority Leader is in
the process of placing a unique constitutional amendment to stop the game of
money by the rich bastards to play with the majority Middle Class votes. These Rich
people gave their butts on auction to the Israeli supporters Zionists in US
Republican Party Congress to suck their ass holes in lieu
ensure they obstruct the rich being taxed on their business earnings at all.
Ex President bloody the Wanted genocide criminal G W Bush the responsibility is
taken up buy the top Republican leaders Plus the Tea Part financier Koch
Brothers. What a filthy mentality people they are that instead of working for
the national’s and the country’s development these ZIONISTS works for the
people whose filthy stinking ass hloes they suck daily. Isn’t it a Shame that
the Israel’s ex-Prime Ministers claimed hat they the JEWS control America. Now
it is clear that Israel nation is surviving by sucking the ass hole of some
clear proves that it is now time to get rid of all Zionists from the Republican
Party once for all and also those Zionists
or any who would betrays the party to pass the amendment bill when it is placed
to for vote.