July 27th, 2010
07:56 AM ET
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Obama blasts GOP opposition to campaign finance bill

President Obama on Monday criticized Republican opposition to a Senate campaign financial reform bill.
President Obama on Monday criticized Republican opposition to a Senate campaign financial reform bill.

Washington (CNN) - The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote Tuesday on whether to end debate on a campaign finance bill, and Democrats fear a unified Republican filibuster will prevent the measure from moving to a final vote.

A key Republican, moderate Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, opposes the bill because it puts less restrictions on labor unions - a key Democratic constituency - than on corporations and other large donors, an aide to Collins said Monday.

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"The bill would provide a clear and unfair advantage to unions, while either shutting other organizations out of the election process or subjecting them to onerous reporting requirements that would not apply to unions," said the Collins aide, Kevin Kelley.

Collins is one of the few Republican senators considered a possible vote in support of Democratic-backed proposals. With Republicans holding enough Senate seats to block legislation, the inability of Democrats to attract support from Collins shows the precarious status of the bill.

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  1. abcdef54321

    The difference between unions and global corporations is that:

    Unions want higher wages for all working Americans.
    Corporations want lower wages for all working Americans.

    Unions don't want our jobs outsourced.
    Corporations don't give a crap about our jobs.

    Unions want good health care for all Americans.
    Medical corporations want expensive health care for all Americans.

    While unions may not be perfect, they do support laws and policies that would be good for American families. Corporations don't give a crap about American families.

    July 27, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need to know who supports or opposes candidates when they spend the money needed to run television ads. Without doing that, we don't know who is doing what and for what reason. We need to have the ability to know who is doing what so we know where the opinion is coming from. What the bias is and where it comes from is important so we the public knows how seriously to take the message.

    July 27, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. Steve in North Carolina

    It's not a fair campaign finance bill when it excludes groups such as the NRA, AARP, and other special interest groups. This bill being introduced just prior to the 2010 elections smells of incumbent self preservation.

    These politicians need to start worrying about our jobs instead of their jobs!

    July 27, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  4. Gil

    The republicans already have the green light from their stacked Supreme Court that allows any amount of spending and even foreign contributors. They can now buy any election they want. Yes, another example of what the rich and conservatives can do and will do. They will stoop to any level to impose their will on this country.

    July 27, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. howie

    We have ceved in enough to the unions already, hope the GOP stops this bill in it's tracks

    July 27, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Blaum

    Hey Barry.....

    nobody cares what you have to say anymore.....

    The Dems have officially lost the american public...

    July 27, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Notice that the bill puts more restrictions on corporations and less on the greedy, slovenly, corrupt unions who do nothing but feed off of success and eventually destroy it. And of course the inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president the stole the office for supports it while blasting Republicans for not doing so.

    July 27, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Angus McDugan

    Why does Obama even care about Republicans. The democrats hold the majorities in the house and senate. Therefore, they can push anything through they want. I think what Obama is really saying anytime he complains about Republicans is "I can't get my own party (dems) to line up behind my ideas."

    July 27, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Tinkers Dam

    Why on earth would the Dems want to put less restrictions on labor unions. What they should do is outlaw all campaign contributions and make these idiots (both sides) finance their own campaigns.

    July 27, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    Mr. Obama, until you recognize that the unchecked power and corruption of labor unions is equally as distasteful to most Americans as the perceived evils of capitalists, this bill will be fervently opposed. Labor unions are a major contributor to the economic woes in this country today.

    July 27, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Hugo

    I find it unconscionable that Unions would take millions of their members money and donate it to a political cause. These monies are for their members well being and retirement, not for backing agendas and political favors. What a sham, think about it, do you think everyone in a Union is a Democrat, why should their money be spent on something they totally oppose? Unions are corrupt and have no place in America anymore, they push the cost of goods up beyond the competitive costs and destroy entire industries with their legacy commitments. If the States and the Fed enforced the labor laws and anti-trust laws the way they are written, the Unions would be extinct... It is a SCAM!

    July 27, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. waheid

    The sooner we separate politics from money, the sooner we will move to honest government. We will never have honest government - at any level - as long as politicians feel the need to solicit funds to get elected. It may seem that victory at the polls goes to the candidate with the most votes, but too often victory goes to the most well-funded candidate and the ability to amass an election war chest is no indication of how well the candidate will perform in office. So far, the results have been dismal.

    July 27, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  13. Big George in Big D

    Nobama has been bought and paid for by the unions. His blatent unfairness when it comes to how he treats the unions as opposed to other organizations/businesses is utterly unacceptable.

    July 27, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. tess

    has this incompetent fool realized that he was elected president of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NOT THE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA! it's high time he started acting presidential instead of playing to the left of this country . what a phony!!!

    July 27, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. JP

    It amazing how much Obama puts his own personal benefit before the American people. Unions destroy jobs and hurt the economy but Obama doesn't care as long as he gets their contributions. That's why he views the illegals simply as undocumented democrats.

    July 27, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. JES

    What evr happened to less goverment.

    Before you start blaming people balance the budget and stop all this wasteful spending.

    July 27, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. JIlli

    Well of course the republicans don't want disclosure – they don't want the whole country to see who their facillitators are – they've tried to hide their servitude to big business – thinking many americans are too blind or stupid to see it. But their actions prove the reality – from working for the interests of the health insurance industry, to wall street, to the banking industry – and perhaps most shamelssly, the oil industry. They're they party of big business – American workers – they think you're just stupid enough to keep voting against your best interests and for the republican party. They win – their benefactors reap the benefits of republican legislators, while the working class grovels for unemployment insurance.

    July 27, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Ron in california

    Have the Dems read the bill? I'm all for reform but from things i see there are a lot of unnecessary provisions like the one Senator Collins and many other object to. it's ugly out there.

    July 27, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. SuperD

    Once again, just like the stimulus, it goes to key Democrat constituent's.

    Obama only cares about the people who would potentially vote for him. Everyone else gets the shaft.

    I'm waiting for Karma to catch up to Obama.

    July 27, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  20. Dar

    Odumbo is trying to take care of his union bud's, no way, not our president, no way.

    July 27, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Ryan

    What a joke. Bush tried this same thing when he was in office, only the opposite. He tried to pass a campaign finance reform bill that primarily restricted areas where the Dems get their money (Unions). Now Obama is doing the same thing. Just goes to show you that they are all the same. Just look at the health care reform. Some members of congress did not have a say at all, but the unions were heard loud and clear. One of the most needed elements of the bill was tort reform, but that was not included because the Dems get tons of money from trial lawyers. I do not care which party a politician belongs to, they are all being controlled. I wish the American people actually understood the power that we have. every 6 years we could have completely different people in Washington but people are scared of change so they keep voting in the same people (Dems and Reps) who screwed up the country to begin with.

    July 27, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. JFK

    Once again, the Party of No is rearing its head. I am not too worried about the corporate interests. They have plenty of representation in government with an (R) after their name. They would rather apologize to companies like BP than represent people and thats what Unions represent no matter how you try to break this down!

    July 27, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Dean

    A key Republican, moderate Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, opposes the bill because it puts less restrictions on labor unions – a key Democratic constituency ........................................Same old Obama. If you want campaign finance reform, do it the same across the board. Do not give an advantage to any entity.
    Oh well you can blame it on Bush or the party of no.

    July 27, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. David

    Reform? Really? What about Fannie Mae and Freddy Mack? Ah, the lovely sound of crickets.

    July 27, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. jay

    Grand Obstructionist Party, need I say more.

    July 27, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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