Comments on: Washington Extra http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/08/02/washington-extra-6/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Yellow105 http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/08/02/washington-extra-6/comment-page-1/#comment-408915 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 14:33:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=28687#comment-408915 Senator McConnell is filibustering the DISCLOSE Act afer years of demanding campaign finance reform. McConnell’s hometown paper, the Lexington-Herald Ledger, pointed out in its editorial yesterday, the Minority Leader wasn’t always against any attempt to force special interests to disclose their campaign financing. The paper recalls that the senator has a long history of co-sponsoring and championing legislation that would expand campaign finance disclosure.

(Lexington-Herald Ledger)

– In 1987, McConnell lauded “post-Watergate disclosure laws” that help “flush out” politicians who “sacrifice duties or principles to get more money.”

– In 1989, McConnell teamed up with current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to introduce a bill that “would have required disclosure of independent groups or individuals who intended to spend more than $25,000 promoting or attacking a candidate.”

– In 1990, the senator promised to “introduce a bill that would require full disclosure of donors to multi-candidate political-action committees.”

– In 1996, while running for re-election, “McConnell supported public disclosure of all election-related spending, including spending by independent groups and contributions to political parties.”

– In 2007, in a “commentary published by the Herald-Leader, McConnell showed his belief in disclosure was not limited to campaign spending by defending an amendment to an ethics bill because it would require organizations filing complaints before the Senate Ethics Committee to disclose their donors so the public could have more transparency.”

But now McConnell is opposed to any sort of campaign finance disclosure, turning his back on a decades-long history of demanding it. Rather than opposing the DISCLOSE Act on policy grounds, McConnell is doing what he always does — committing himself to opposing whatever the Democratic majority suggests, regardless.

G0P= Grandstand, Oppose, and Pretend.

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