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Fewer campaign donation restrictions?
April 2nd, 2014
05:27 PM ET

Fewer campaign donation restrictions?

(CNN) – If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can.

The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season.

However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle. FULL STORY

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  1. protectusjobs

    It's really sad that our country has come to this.

    Just recently, while looking at a photo of Mount Rushmore – I couldn't help thinking how these great presidents would be angered, disgusted and outraged at what our current and recent crop of so-called "leaders"(Free-Traitors) have allowed and enabled to happen to the American People, the Real American Economy and Our Country.

    Almost all of our politicians are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

    Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.

    Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real.

    The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the Free-Traitors are still trying to sell us.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

    They're NOT Elected By or To Represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreigner citizens or Illegal Aliens.

    Hey Free-Traitors: The AMERICAN PEOPLE can see what's been done to them!

    Let's face it both parties are just doing the bidding of their masters, while lamely trying to look like they're trying to represent us. Wouldn't it be nice, if some of these masters were conscientious loyal Americans who loved their country and cared about their fellow Americans enough that they would finally start pointing their lap-dog-politicians in the direction of doing right by the American People? Maybe that's delusional on my part – But if this doesn't start happening soon, the American people and the future of the country that we love is doomed.

    April 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  2. DJ Reality

    I wonder how much the Supreme Court made off of this ruling?

    April 7, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  3. june fitzgerald

    minor stuff. What about the 5/25/14 Ukraine elections (following the ousting of Yanukovych who was democratically elected 12/2009)? POR candidate Dobkin arrested & released but still faces unsubstantiated charges for the deaths of the 100 protesters and 16 police POR candidate Yefremov had his personal bank accounts frozen. Tymoshenko (former PM arrested for corruption & released from jail during riots) proposes law on opposition. 23 candidates running. Polls still favor Yanukovich if he was running. And now everybody's getting guns for war. #euromaidon- great idea!

    April 6, 2014 at 8:10 am | Reply
  4. labman57

    Perhaps we should simply do away with our system of electing people to public office via the ballot box, and instead allow corporations and ultra-wealthy individuals enter a bidding war to determine who shall be our state and federal legislators, governors, and next POTUS.

    The next occupant of the White House may as well be determined by a process akin to what takes place at Christie's Auction House.

    April 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  5. Gunderson

    Um, Sorry,
    What good for Bull Moose good for Country.

    April 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  6. REGinAZ

    There is a contingent of extremely wealthy individuals, aggressively driven by uncontrolled greed and extreme egotism, who have been consistently focused and working diligently to own and control this country, propagandizing their rationale that it is their right and is good for the country, while calling it “conservative”. The real truth is that it isn’t “conservative”, that their efforts are strictly for their own appeasement as is completely evident in the always growing spread with their constantly feeding their insatiable “more” (never enough) appetite while the majority, including the total middle-class, continually looses. Reality can be recognized in their goals as they seek no restrictions, no inhibiting regulations, no oversight, no enforcement, no taxes, coupled with billion dollar concessions, government assistance without controls, total freedoms and then even with it to be paid for by cuts in programs, cuts in entitlements, no raises in minimum wage, on and on, curtailing benefits to the people and allowing unlimited profit capacity for “big money”. We recently saw the results as Bush-Cheney boldly catered to them, allowed their unbridled exploitation and the country paid the drastic price for their run-away greed, self-serving dishonesty and abandonment of responsibilities that necessitated government’s, tax-payers’ bailouts.

    They have made consistent strides towards accomplishing their goal, with owning many “puppet” politicians, owning and controlling the GOP, having control over aggressive lobbyists who promote their interests and even their demonstrating significant influence over the Supreme Court, which has effectively catered to their wishes. The obvious is that they have and continue to move this country ever further towards being a two-class society, with the few competing in having it all while the majority continually struggles to survive. Today our politics is controlled by “the money” with the candidates literally having to sell out just to compete and with the only real consideration given the people being in the design of the propaganda to con them, insultingly taking the voters for granted as being “pawns” to be used and abused. They argue the issues to impress but their intent and results clearly demonstrate their only real concern is for “more for them”, without regard for the costs to the people – their bottom line in everything totally substantiates that.

    Today we can expect a continuing bombardment of abundant propaganda aimed to excite, control, use and abuse the voters … with the issues just being fodder to get attention and to later be disregarded / rationalized (as we have seen) and with the concentration being on the interests of “the money”, who strongly support and control the “puppet” politicians. We can just accept that as inevitable, or worse, rationalize that somehow our interests will be taken into consideration, somewhere along the way, when it isn’t conflicting with their interests, … or … we the public, the people, the majority voters can say “no way”! They have the money and the power and the influence but they still need the votes, our votes. They count on their ability to excite, to manipulate, to con and to use and abuse but that doesn’t have to be allowed. They seek to distract, to emotionalize and divide, with that allowing them to succeed. If we want to send the message that taking us for granted is not okay, then we need to firmly and completely reject their propaganda, recognizing it for what it is and not let it sway or control us. Then we can send their “puppet” politicians back home, firmly and totally rejecting them. Easy? No it isn’t, as first it requires keeping emotions in check, keeping biases, prejudices and blind loyalties at bay and totally refusing to be manipulated! I guess it amounts to asking, “how bad do we want to take control back?”
    __________________________________________________________

    What the oligarchy want is government of the few, by the few, for the few … and the hell with the people. To fail to recognize that is to be conned by their abundant propaganda.

    April 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  7. T-Thaddeus

    Are Republicans hypocrites? Throughout the last few years I have heard many GOP supporters complain that the Democrat ticket was bought and paid for by powerful influences. I really believe that the Republicans wrote the playbook on this one. Conservatism is not a political philosophy at all. Conservatism is a grim, unpleasant philosophy focused exclusively on power, money, and exploitation.

    It amazing that after three failed presidencies, Republicans still have no better economic policy than to give more taxpayer money to the wealthy and corporations. Reagan and H. W. Bush together quadrupled the national debt (no single President had doubled it before) and W. doubled it again. None of them created new jobs of any significance. So what's the GOP's new economic policy going to be? Oh, give more money to the wealthy and corporations. More money in off-shore accounts does not create jobs, only money spent and circulated within our economy creates jobs which is why the middle class must be grown for America to grow again. It's like the GOP is run exclusively by and for old, rich people.

    There may be better days ahead for Democrats, but, for now, it is the old guys such as Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and the Koch brothers who hold the nation’s future in their hands, “GOD HELP US ALL”!

    April 4, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
  8. Minnie Mouse

    There needs to be more restrictions on campaign donations. A limit needs to be set on how much can be spent on a persons campaign. This give everyone equality financially wise, to where no one rich person can make sure that his or her official running for office is going to be guaranteed to win just because they are holding the most money. We don't vote for peoples money, we are voting for the person who can and will do the best job. If you have millions to blow then spend it on people and countries who are less fortunate like parts of Africa, where people don't even have electricity. Pass your blessing on.

    April 4, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
  9. protectusjobs

    Let's face it both parties are just doing the bidding of their masters, while lamely trying to look like they're trying to represent us. Wouldn't it be nice, if some of these masters were conscientious loyal Americans who loved their country and cared about their fellow Americans enough that they would finally start pointing their lap-dog-politicians in the direction of doing right by the American People? Maybe that's delusional on my part – But if this doesn't start happening soon, the American people and the future of the country that we love is domed.

    April 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • protectusjobs

      The problem in trying to elect good leaders for The United States of America has nothing to do with the color or gender of our politicians. It's our politician's, from both parties, lack of honesty and the lack of willingness to do right by the US citizens that they're elected by and should be representing.

      Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great American and his march accomplished great things, but now it may be time for a new more all-inclusive march on Washington.

      All of our political leaders' talk is just cheap and meaningless! – When will these people finally wake up and step up with real ideas and real action, instead of just meaningless talk and tokenism?

      These idiots have been avoiding action for 2-3 decades.

      As far as I'm concerned this is the bottom line:

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      This is the only way that Americans are going to be able to "Get a Raise" and sustain it. The more jobs and businesses that we bring back to tax-paying Americans citizens, the healthier our real economy will be and the more likely it will be for the American people to keep up and possibly even start to move forward again.

      Unfortunately most of our politicians are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral social issues like gay marriage and abortion, which got most voters so caught up in the BS that they'd always lose sight of the bigger picture. If more people would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, America wouldn't be in this mess. I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense. He cared about his country and the American people.

      We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

      Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides. – Instead of just trying to make the other side look bad so that they'll lose the next election. – How's that nonsense been working out for the American People and the Real American Economy?

      All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.

      But, let's face it – Neither party is actually running our country – Powerful puppet-masters play both sides to make sure that they get what they want. Unfortunately what they want is not usually in the best interest of the majority of the American people. (American citizens)

      The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "outsourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.

      Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, India and Mexico where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

      The American people need American leaders who will start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the United States of America and the American people.

      Aren't there at least a handful of these powerful puppet-masters that are fellow Americans with enough of a conscience, guts and loyalty to America and their fellow Americans to start trying to turn this trend around?

      If there aren't any, we're screwed.

      The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect American jobs and domestic industry – If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

      Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let's keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

      The “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field! The whole idea of the tariffs is so we can pay our factory workers a decent wage and not be blown out by these other countries where they don’t play by the same rules. We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

      The lack of businesses and good jobs in the USA is what's really going to rob us, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the potential of a prosperous or even decent future.

      It's all happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and wages.

      It has all happened way too fast – Our government leaders should have put measures in place to make it slower, so that it wouldn't devastate our country, which has no chance when competing with other countries that don't play by the same rules or have pay scales that are even remotely close.

      That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.

      Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.

      If more people would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, America wouldn't be in this mess.

      Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the Free-Traitors are still trying to sell us.

      The American people will need good jobs with health-care benefits in order to be able to pay for the services of those educated doctors, lawyers, college professors, etc. – It can't all be chiefs and no Indians. There is an equally important place for both of them in America.

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

      They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreigner citizens or Illegal Aliens.

      April 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
      • protectusjobs

        The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

        They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreign citizens or Illegal Aliens.

        April 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm |
  10. REGinAZ

    It should be totally obvious that the real losers are the people. Not just because "the money" has gained unlimited power to bombard the people with their self-serving propaganda, aimed to con the people and manipulate public opinion without having any inhibition of a conscience or concern for the people and rather only an intention to aggressively facilitate the constant feeding of their insatiable "more" (never enough) appetite, being focused on insultingly just taking the majority for granted as simply being "pawns" to be used and abused, ... but really, even more damaging, these events have made it literally impossible for quality candidates to even run without selling out to "the money" – the occurrences seen from Grover Norquist, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and the others with their past strong intimidation and coercion to control and assure compliance with "the money's" interests, will now become more exaggerated and totally standard opperating procedure. The "puppet" politicians will be common place and the people will only be considered in the design of the propaganda.

    April 3, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  11. Mr. B

    What you have is supporters of conservative ideology that, since they cannot get the majority to support their ideas, will do what they can to put the process in their favor. This includes such nonsense as corporate personhood and money as free speech, while at the same time restricting voter access. And then there is the the guise of "religious freedom" for a more personal touch.

    April 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  12. Smitty, the "level headed" GOPher

    I can tell that Smitty is a "level headed" GOPher because BS spews out of BOTH corners of his mouth.

    April 3, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
  13. kurt

    The big thing that I'm conflicted about is if campaign donations really are a form of speech.

    I actually agree that people should be able to spend any amount they want to release political advertisements. I do think they should have to put their name on it... free speech requires that you put your name on what you're saying.

    But is a donation speech? If I donate to my church, am i really "saying" anything? How about if I donate to my server by tipping them? How about if I donate to a panhandler by throwing a dollar into their bin... or to the salvation army?

    I'm just not sure I buy any of that as "speech". I'm not speaking... I'm offering financial support. I might give my brother a few thousand dollars to help him start a business. I'm not saying anything, I'm simply offering support to a sibling who I care about.

    If I donate to a political party, I'm not really saying anything either... I"m just offering support to a political organization I might agree with.

    Should the first amendment really apply to donations of money?

    April 3, 2014 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • jlthomas42

      There is a difference in donating to a campaign opposed to buying a politician. One of them can be considered corruption.

      April 4, 2014 at 7:56 am | Reply
    • jlthomas42

      There is a difference in donating to a campaign opposed to buying a politician. One of them would be considered corruption. Leave it to the voters in this country and not some rich snot to make OUR decisions who should be in this game. They can go to Russia and be a commie if they want, but not here.

      April 4, 2014 at 7:58 am | Reply
  14. Hector Slagg

    As long as the Federal Government is in the Business of Collecting and Disbursing money for Social Issues, Medicare, Medicaid, Obama Care, etc, etc, etc, no one should be restricted from commenting about it, as allowed by the U.S. Constitution. All the Social Programs, that were put in place to repair a problem should come to an end when the problem is fixed. Social Security should be returned to the people, As should Medicare and Medicaid. Obama Care should be repealed, now. If it can't be done today it will never be done, and the country will Re-Visit the 1930's, on Steroids.

    April 3, 2014 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Slagg Fits the GOP Profile

      I'll bet your mom and dad LOVE their SS and Medicare. And from the sound of it, you will be needing it too. What a buffoon.

      April 3, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • Hector Slagg

        Well,
        If you still need your Nanny........

        April 4, 2014 at 8:46 am |
      • The biggest whiners

        The biggest whiners in my town are the republicans that bought houses by the river and now want a government buyout of those houses after they got flooded. And they want MORE than market values. Are you a republican "I want a government bailout" person? I bet you are.

        April 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm |
  15. Robert

    Well I think this is a pretty hilarious turn of events. The Washington Post recently summed it up best, what looks to be a blessing for rich folks will turn out instead to be a curse, and a nightmare for them.

    Now that the caps are gone, the gloves will come off and campaigns will deluge the rich with calls, emails, tweets, visits and everything else under the sun to beg for money. The calls will be relentless, akin to thousands of homeless standing outside of their door, every day, begging for spare change without apology or mercy. The rich asked for more influence, and in the age of big data where a single donation lands you on a marketing list a thousand pages long, here are the fruits of it.

    The lesson here is, be careful what you wish for. You just may get it.

    April 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • protectusjobs

      The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

      They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist, Foreign citizens or Illegal Aliens.

      April 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  16. Really Smitty?

    Please explain how Obama stole the election.

    April 2, 2014 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  17. The Profile Of The Typical Republican Voter

    1. Thinks they themselves are rich.
    2. Makes less than $100,000/yr.
    3. Has a net worth less than $200,000.
    4. Primary residence is on wheels or blocks.
    5. Still has a mortgage on that residence.
    6. Thinks republicans are conservatives.
    7. Benefits directly from the ACA but really, really hates Obamacare.
    8. Thinks they are religious but they should read the book, "How NOT To Be A Republican" (a.k.a. The Bible).
    9. Probably retired and depending on SS and Medicare or will be the person most likely to need SS and Medicare.
    10. Racist.
    11. Likes to vote against their own interests.
    12. Actually thinks republicans represent THEM!!

    April 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  18. Smitty

    Im sure the Obumble brown nosers are behind this. Don't know why, the BIGGEST LIAR OF THE YEAR bought, lied and stole the last election.

    April 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • O'drama ya Mama

      Nope, it was voted in favor by Republican appointed Supreme Court Justices

      April 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Reply

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