Vineyard Haven: President Barack Obama
says Republicans should join him in opposing a Supreme Court
ruling that vastly increased how much corporations can spend
on political campaign ads.
Instead, the Republican Party wants to "keep the public
in the dark" about who's behind the expenditures, Obama
contended in his weekly radio and Internet address, released
today as he vacationed on Martha's Vineyard.
"You'd think that reducing corporate and even foreign
influence over our elections wouldn't be a partisan issue,"
"But the Republican leaders in Congress said no. In
fact,they used their power to block the issue from even coming
up for a vote.
"This can only mean that the leaders of the other party
want to keep the public in the dark," said the president.
"They don't want you to know which interests are paying for
the ads. The only people who don't want to disclose the truth
are people with something to hide."
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell scoffed
at Obama's message.
"Americans want us to focus on jobs, but by focusing on
an election bill, Democrats are sending a clear message to the
American people that their jobs aren't as important as the
jobs of embattled Democrat politicians," McConnell said.
"The president says this bill is about transparency. It's
transparent all right. It's a transparent effort to rig the
First Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 19:42