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McCain Goes Maverick on Citizens United

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has endorsed and is acting as a surrogate for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, so he should have some pretty clear talking points about what Mitt is doing right and what others (namely, Newt Gingrich) are doing wrong. But on Wednesday, McCain went off message and talked instead about Citizens United–perhaps a reference to what Mitt, Newt, and all the rest are doing wrong together?

[W]hen a reporter asked McCain about the increasingly “negative tone” of the Republican primary, that got the “maverick” off in a direction he was interested in going: campaign finance.

“I dislike it, and the fact is that we all decry negative ads and negative tones but it does move voters and as long as it moves voters it’s going to happen,” McCain said.

“As you know, I think the outside super PACs and others is so disgraceful that I’m ashamed of the United States Supreme Court in their decision on United,” McCain said, referring to the 2010 Citizens United decision that allowed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in political elections.

The decision by the nation’s highest court gutted rules put in place by legislation sponsored by McCain and then-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) in 2002.

McCain went further.

“I predict to you there will be a major scandal associated with the Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. There is too much money washing around,” he said.

We already knew McCain is a fan of campaign finance reform, but to come out in force against a Supreme Court decision that so many of his fellow Senators and Representatives consider integral to their continued success is surprising. Score one for McCain the category of Unpredictable.

 

Read “John McCain Goes Off Message, Predicts ‘Major Scandal’ Related To Unlimited Political Giving” (Jon Ward, Huffington Post, 1/25/12) »

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6 Responses to “McCain Goes Maverick on Citizens United”

  1. I’ve not been a fan of John McCain’s views generally, but on the subject of campaign finance reform I think he has always been on target. Until we remove corporate millions from political campaigns we will not have a properly functioning democracy. Now as to the business of ‘Citizens United’, I wonder if he knows something the rest of us don’t. Our Constitution shields Supreme Court Justices from political pressure AND scrutiny in order to encourage their independence… but maybe it’s time to introduce the principle of transparency into their activities. Since they are appointed for life, AND paid lavishly, one might think that they would not be responsive to financial temptations. But that’s just a supposition. Maybe the Justices are just as corruptible as any humans… and so maybe they do have political goals of their own, that influence their decisions. It’s now time to closely examine the Court operations and the finances and activities of the Justices. Whether there is or is not some scandal going on, we citizens NEED TO KNOW. Otherwise, our trust in our Court and in the other branches of our government will continue to deteriorate, and what will happen when it collapses altogether?

  2. I’ve not been a fan of John McCain’s views generally, but on the subject of campaign finance reform I think he has always been on target. Until we remove corporate millions from political campaigns we will not have a properly functioning democracy. Now as to the business of ‘Citizens United’, I wonder if he knows something the rest of us don’t. Our Constitution shields Supreme Court Justices from political pressure AND scrutiny in order to encourage their independence… but maybe it’s time to introduce the principle of transparency into their activities. Since they are appointed for life, AND paid lavishly, one might think that they would not be responsive to financial temptations. But that’s just a supposition. Maybe the Justices are just as corruptible as any humans… and so maybe they do have political goals of their own, that influence their decisions. It’s now time to closely examine the Court operations and the finances and activities of the Justices. Whether there is or is not some scandal going on, we citizens NEED TO KNOW. Otherwise, our trust in our Court and in the other branches of our government will continue to deteriorate, and what will happen when it collapses altogether?

  3. I’ve not been a fan of John McCain’s views generally, but on the subject of campaign finance reform I think he has always been on target. Until we remove corporate millions from political campaigns we will not have a properly functioning democracy. Now as to the business of ‘Citizens United’, I wonder if he knows something the rest of us don’t. Our Constitution shields Supreme Court Justices from political pressure AND scrutiny in order to encourage their independence… but maybe it’s time to introduce the principle of transparency into their activities. Since they are appointed for life, AND paid lavishly, one might think that they would not be responsive to financial temptations. But that’s just a supposition. Maybe the Justices are just as corruptible as any humans… and so maybe they do have political goals of their own, that influence their decisions. It’s now time to closely examine the Court operations and the finances and activities of the Justices. Whether there is or is not some scandal going on, we citizens NEED TO KNOW. Otherwise, our trust in our Court and in the other branches of our government will continue to deteriorate, and what will happen when it collapses altogether?

  4. A scandal, really? You mean like the amount of money funneled to certain SC justices thru jobs for their wives , lobbyists or “speaking fees” etc for right wing special interest groups standing to benefit greatly from legislation before the court?

  5. A scandal, really? You mean like the amount of money funneled to certain SC justices thru jobs for their wives , lobbyists or “speaking fees” etc for right wing special interest groups standing to benefit greatly from legislation before the court?

  6. A scandal, really? You mean like the amount of money funneled to certain SC justices thru jobs for their wives , lobbyists or “speaking fees” etc for right wing special interest groups standing to benefit greatly from legislation before the court?