Obama knocks Republicans on campaign finance ruling
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 19:42
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," said Obama.

"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 fall elections.’


First Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010, 19:42

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