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McCain on campaign finance: 'The system is broken'

CNN's Holly Gilbert
(CNN) - "Uninformed, arrogant, naive." Sen. John McCain used those three words in an interview Sunday to slam the Citizens United decision, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for political donations from corporations and special interest groups.

Pressed on the issue of campaign cash and whether it is unduly influencing this year's presidential campaign, the Republican senator from Arizona maintained that allowing an "incredible amount of money" to enter political races opens the door for corruption.


"I think there will be scandals associated with the worst decision of the United States Supreme Court in the 21st century," McCain said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The GOP senator suggested earlier Supreme Court benches would have ruled differently in the case.

"That's why we miss people like William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O'Connor who had some experience with - with congressional and other races, with the political arena."

Asked about Nevada billionaire and GOP financier Sheldon Adleson's recent pledge, along with his wife Miriam, of $10 million to the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney, McCain iterated it's the threat of not just one but many potential donors that hurts the electoral system.

"The whole system is broken and it's a wash. I don't pick out Mr. Adleson any more than I pick out Mr. Trumka," McCain said, referring to the AFL-CIO leader who helped finance Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

"I've always been concerned about the labor unions who take money from their union members and without their permission contribute to causes they may not support," McCain continued.

Casino owner Sheldon Adleson gained notoriety for backing former GOP candidate Newt Gingrich with more than $20 million in donations to the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning our Future during the Republican primaries.

Doubts about whether Adleson would eventually back Romney evaporated when he and his wife gave $10 million to the pro-Romney super PAC in mid-June. Since then, Adleson has made comments he may contribute as much as $100 million to the GOP presidential candidate.


McCain says casino mogul is putting ‘foreign money’ into 2012 campaign

By Justin Sink - 06/15/12 12:43 PM ET

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday said Mitt Romney is benefiting indirectly from "foreign money" after casino mogul Sheldon Adelson pledged $10 million to a super-PAC that supports his presidential bid.

"Much of Mr. Adelson's casino profits that go to him come from his casino in Macau, which says that obviously, maybe in a roundabout way foreign money is coming into an American political campaign," McCain told PBS's "News Hour."

Adelson, a prominent conservative donor who supported Newt Gingrich in the GOP primary, made his donation earlier this week after a face-to-face meeting with Romney in Las Vegas. A source close to Adelson told Forbes that the casino mogul is ready to do "whatever it takes" to defeat President Obama, including "limitless" donations to the campaign. Adelson told Forbes he could spend as much as $100 million on politics in 2012.


Campaign finance reform has been a signature issue for McCain, who endorsed Romney for president during the GOP primaries. The Arizona lawmaker said he is concerned about the donation to the Restore Our Future super-PAC that supports Romney.

"That is a great deal of money, and we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization ... that we have to have a limit on the flow of money, and corporations are not people," McCain said.

McCain blasted the 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which freed individuals and corporations to give to outside groups by striking down parts of the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law.

"There will be scandals, there's just too much money washing around Washington today ... I'm afraid we're for a very bleak period in American politics," McCain said. "To somehow view money as not having a corrupting effect on elections flies in the face of reality."

McCain also called the Citizens United decision "the most misguided, naïve, uninformed, egregious decision of the United States Supreme Court in the 21st Century."
 

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look at the leftwingernuts cry now, if it was the opposite way they would be mum.

Hypocrisy from the left..as to be expected
 

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Two American brothers of a Mexican casino magnate who fled drug and fraud charges in the United States and has been seeking a pardon enabling him to return have emerged as major fund-raisers and donors for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

The casino owner, Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, known as Pepe, jumped bail in Iowa in 1994 and disappeared, and has since been linked to violence and corruption in Mexico. A State Department cable in 2009 said he was suspected of orchestrating the assassination of a business rival and making illegal campaign donations to Mexican officials.

Let it never be questioned again whether Barack Obama’s political career essentially started in the living room of a former domestic terrorist – Bill Ayers.

This video shows good ol’ Robert Gibbs denying that William Ayers ever held a fundraiser in his living room for Barack Obama to get his career underway in politics. In fact, Gibbs laughed it off in talking to Chris Matthews, calling the story “a myth.” But recently, as the video shows, Ayers himself bragged to a group he was speaking to that he did hold a fundraiser in his living room for Barack Obama as his political career began.


The American Conservative Union filed a formal complaint with the United States Senate Ethics Committee Thursday stating that Senator Barack Obama's purchase of property with convicted felon Tony Rezko's wife violated the U.S. Senate's gift ban.

The Complaint notes that in June 2005, just months after Barack Obama took office as a United States Senator, he and the Rezkos acquired pieces of land next to each other on the same day from a single seller. ACU documentation notes that now-convicted felon Tony Rezko toured the Greenwood mansion property and adjacent side yard with Obama before Rezko's wife purchased the attached property on the same day Obama bought the Greenwood mansion.

The Obamas used the side yard as if it were theirs and eventually returned the Rezko's favor by buying back a strip of the side yard for a highly inflated price.

In the letter to the Ethics Committee, ACU Chairman David Keene noted, "sufficient information exists to demonstrate that Senator Obama solicited, received, and accepted a gift greater than $50 from Mr. and Mrs. Rezko, and Senator Obama failed to disclose this gift."

The letter points out that gifts received by Senators which are valued at $250 or more are required to be disclosed on the Senator's personal financial disclosure report, which Senator Obama failed to do. It also notes that knowingly and willingly falsifying or concealing this information may result in a fine of up to $11,000 and make the Senator subject to criminal prosecution.

Mexican drug dealers, Domestic terrorist and a Convicted Felon, Do you really want to post Liberal Bias Media stories about who Romney might or might not be taking money from Oldtimer? :wink: This rates right up their with Romney's dog story and Romney bullying story. :roll:
 

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look at the leftwingernuts cry now, if it was the opposite way they would be mum.

Hypocrisy from the left..as to be expected

Isn't it funny how when the Unions donate big money to Democrat Candidates to protect their interests all is fine. But now that the Supreme Court has given those that have to hire the Union thugs the right to protect their interests from the influence the Unions have with Democrat controled governments by donating to Republican Candidates, all Sh*t hits the fan and the door is openned to corruption. The Only difference I see is the tables have been leveled and we all know how high on FAIRNESS the Democrats are. :wink: :roll:
 
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WHOA! Even tho I agree with him- its your cults last Chosen Champion- John McCain (who probably would be President today if he hadn't picked a radical idiot for a V.P.) that is claiming this Supreme Court ruling is wrong and it will lead to more corruption in elections and government...

So all you folks now think McCain is a leftwingernut :???:
 

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The reason John McCain ain't president today is he some how thought a campaign could be run with some honesty,some honor, and generally fought over facts. How wrong was he, hope and change, the economy is going to hell in a hand basket, it's Bush's fault, I can do this, I can do that, the republicans want you to die quickly, they want the rich to screw you every chance they can, we want the little guy to get a break.
Have you got a break??? Gas price up 150 % , grocery up, no jobs, no prospects, no future unless I can pull an unemployment check. Boy the dems have really made my life a heck of a lot better!! Life is so good I can use 4 more years, heck I can't stand 4 more minutes.
And a Alaska gov was the problem???
John McCain was inept on his best day, and every time he opens his mouth it shows again.
Optical rectomitus is the problem, not too much money or where from :mad:
 

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Oldtimer said:
WHOA! Even tho I agree with him- its your cults last Chosen Champion- John McCain (who probably would be President today if he hadn't picked a radical idiot for a V.P.) that is claiming this Supreme Court ruling is wrong and it will lead to more corruption in elections and government...

So all you folks now think McCain is a leftwingernut :???:

Didn't you call him "McSame"?
 

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So all you folks now think McCain is a leftwingernut :???:



Now I reserve the label of leftwingernuts for the obama brown nosers and a few of his apolgists who reside on this board.

I will tell you McCain was no conservative. He just had the leftwing media on his side. He was just a misguided R who thought he could trust leftwingernuts. With all his faults he would have done a heck of a lot better job than the failure obama.
 

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some take the attitude that if the SCotUS says it is so, then it is....

Now the final decision is in the hands of the SCOTUS...Whichever they rule could then be altered by Constitutional Amendment...

To do a Constitutional Amendment- to remove each of these issues from the federal control that has been granted them thru previous legally passed laws and court rulings- you need passage by 2/3 of the lawmakers and ratification by 38 states...
We are far from that on any of the issues... Unless you think we should change the way the Constitution should be amended too :???:

Not if the SCOTUS rules its Constitutional....Then the only way to change that ruling is by a Constitutional Amendment outlawing that power...

the simple answer would be to fix the laws so the spending limits are constitutional, not whine and blame others..
 

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Face it the Dems don't want a Constitutional amendment they just want the rules to go back to where UNIONS can buy elections for them and to h*ll with fair play. :roll:

Oh and didn't McCain's poll rating go up after he announced his VP choice only to drop after he supended his campaign to go back to Washington and vote for the Bank Bail Outs?


Post-convention poll surge and retreat

After the Republican National Convention, McCain saw his poll numbers increase nationwide, traced in part to movement among previously undecided voters.[307] In the first half of September, McCain appointed William Timmons (a former senior adviser to Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1988, an advisor to Senator Bob Dole in 1996,[308] the founder and chairman emeritus of lobbying firm Timmons and Company,[309] and a former lobbyist for Freddie Mac[310][311][312]) as his transition chief.[313]

From mid-September to mid-October, however, the trend lines were all in Obama's direction. For example, the RealClearPolitics electoral map went from an Obama 228-163 electoral vote lead on August 20 to a 227-207 McCain lead on September 17 and then back to a 306-157 Obama lead on October 24.
Gee what happen at the Convention that saw a raise in Poll ratings Oh yea McCain announced his VP. And what happened in Sept that resulted in a decline in poll ratings maybe this.
On September 24, McCain announced that he would "suspend" his campaign and seek to delay a debate with Barack Obama scheduled for September 26 so that he could work with Congress toward a reworking of and agreement on the Paulson financial rescue plan. McCain urged Obama to do the same.[319] McCain's intervention helped dissatisfied House Republicans forestall a bailout plan that was otherwise close to agreement between the White House, Senate Republicans, and Congressional Democrats.[320][321] At a bipartisan meeting at the White House on September 25 (pictured) McCain came across as unconstructive and ineffectual to Bush, who felt that McCain had forced him to hold a pointless meeting and then had said nothing at it.[322]

Two days later, McCain announced that he would resume his campaign, and he went ahead with the debate.[323] Some commentators questioned whether the campaign had ever in fact been suspended, as McCain ads continued to play, McCain spokesmen continued giving statements criticizing Obama, and McCain campaign offices remained open, while McCain himself continued to make speeches and give interviews.[324][325]

The revised plan, the $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, failed a House vote on September 29, with large-scale opposition from House Republicans. On October 1, a similar bill, HR1424, passed the Senate 74–25 with McCain voting in favor

Let's see after Palin polls up nationwide, only to drop after voting against the House Republicans and supporting TARP. Add that to the fact McCain refused to actually VET his opponent and allowed his shadey past to go un-challenged . Any guesses to why RINO McCain LOST. :roll:

Personnaly I wish John McCain would follow Bush's lead and fade into the background and let a true Conservative do the talking. :roll:
 

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