July 26th, 2010
03:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama blasts GOP opposition to campaign finance bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday criticized Republican opposition to a Senate campaign finance bill, calling it partisan gamesmanship that threatens to give special interests undue influence on U.S. elections.

"You'd think that reducing corporate and even foreign influence over our elections would not be a partisan issue," Obama told reporters in a White House appearance that was scheduled earlier in the day.

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

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  1. Thomas

    Of course the GOP doesn't support campaign finance reform, then they couldn't line their pockets with corporate money to brainwash the millions "sheep" who actually buy their "socialist" "death panel" party of NO B.S.

    July 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Donkey Party

    GO IDIOT BRIGADE (Doug, Keith in Austin, snow, Ancient Texan, and the rest of you Conservatards) !!! Drop your pearls of non-wisdom so the sane and intelligent amoung us can point and laugh at you.

    July 26, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. mj

    Another "Bill" – that is exactly what it is. Everything Obama has done has put America further in debt. When will he start listening to the People? By not renewing the Bush Tax Cuts he is going to destroy small business. 70% of American business will be affected. Do you believe they will be expanding and hiring? There are many who support his "agenda" and enjoy all the free entitlements. My family and I prefer to preserve our honor and work for what we have.

    July 26, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Tom

    Could it be another filibuster?
    Could it be no one but Republicans voting Republican this Fall?
    Would that too be considered a filibuster vote for a filibuster regime?

    July 26, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Take America Back

    I think this is a great idea! But first me thinks Obambi should agree to refund all his campaign contributions which came from large Corps as well as Foreign contributors. Isn't it so amazing and gracious of this President to call for such a move when it begins to work against him!!?? Why didn't he complain about this when he was racking in Millions from Foreign contributors (of which he refused to name even one)
    What a hypocrite!

    July 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. snow

    Foreigners cannot send their money to our elections, however, if they want to give it to nobummer and the demorats they would have no problem at all. The Republicans cannot stop any bill because they do not have the number of representatives the demorats do. What does that mean? It means that some demorats do not like the bill and will not support it either.

    July 26, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Gil

    Gee, the GOP doesn't have to worry now that their Supreme Court has said unlimited amounts can be spent and repulsicans can buy the elections even with foreign money!

    July 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Observer

    The Party of NO, with apparently NO ideas of their own, are now opposed to trying to do something about how bad our government is according to the polls.

    July 26, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Liz the First

    Boy, has 'snow' been snowed! "The Republicans cannot stop any bill because they do not have the number of representatives the demorats do." this statement shows this person's ignorance of, among other things i'm sure, how the senate functions. rethuglitards have been stopping bills ever since Obama took office. we DemoCrats do not have a filibuster-proof majority. if we did, and if we didn't have traitorous DINOs like Nelson and Lincoln, we would be able to accomplish a lot more good for the American people. Bush may have succeeded in destroying democracy in this country with his sorry appointments to the SCOTUS. of course, rethugs don't want this horrendous situation reversed, they are the ones who will benefit the most from it. and if you don't believe that, i've got a nice bridge i'd like to sell you!

    July 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Donald

    Lol u repubs are so funny. with the obama not presidential, he's whining talk. u every think where we were in 2008? U cant fix that overnight. And lets talk about spending, how gwb pay for 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, medicare part d, iraq war? What has obama spent that compare to that. remember dick cheney says deficts do not matter

    July 26, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Dar:

    This is all politics and nothing more, this has nothing to do about me and you it's all about protecting little Barry's behind nothing more nothing less.
    -------------------------------– I would've agreed with you if Bush the Twit was still in office. Or The Pops. Or Reagan. We, the ordinary citizens, didn't make out too well when they were in office. But it is Barack in the house now, and as far as us working stiffs are concerned: it is about US.

    Donkey Party: You are on fire today my friend! I'm enjoying your every post!!!

    Doug: Hey bud, how're you feeling? Meds kick in yet?

    July 26, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. welches, oregon

    "You'd think that reducing corporate and even foreign influence over our elections would not be a partisan issue," Obama told reporters in a White House appearance that was scheduled earlier in the day.

    you'd think.....

    July 26, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. welches, oregon

    Vote NO to the Party fo NO in NOvember

    July 26, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Gar

    President obama accepted internet donations from unknown sources that likely exceeded campaign limits and may have been even from foriegn sources and he complains about the republicans? This story is silly.

    July 26, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. DB TX

    Democrats have enough vote to pass every legislation, Why Look for GOP support? Can anyone ask this question to Barry?

    July 26, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Wisconsinite

    @ Augsbee

    This administration IS getting a lot of things accomplished IN SPITE of the constant efforts by the GObP to make this President and, therefore, this COUNTRY fail. So, once again, you and your Rabid Rightie friends have it WRONG! It isn't that the President, or the rest of Americans who have the ability to think logically (unlike you and your Rabid Rightie buds) are blaming the GObP for what we haven't been able to accomplish . . . .it's that if the GObP would start working for the betterment of the COUNTRY instead of just their political position MUCH MORE would be accomplished by now!

    July 26, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Hugo

    Right Obama, if that is the case then how about a full audit of your 2008 Presidential campaign contribution list? This is too awful funny, I guess it could be worse, like if he is re-elected....

    July 26, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Sooooo, CNN has posted at the top of the Ticker the single least important Ticker article it has ever posted all because it has a still frame of Princess Bimbo mid-strip. Kudos.

    BTW, "Such [i]s life in the blue states. Why complain, just accept what it means to be liberal."

    That's funny...here I thought you tinfoil hat wearing conservative turdflingers wanted the whole country to believe NJ was a shining example of a converted-to-red state that just elected a GOPer as governor in order to tell the universe that it had rejected Obama's and the Dem's agenda. Good to know you admit that's not the case.

    July 26, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Mark from Louisiana

    Why does this bill allow unions to pay for campaign adds without the union being mentioned, but if a tea party group wants to buy add for a candidate, they have to list names of almost everyone in the organization.

    Ohh I know why, because the democrats do exactly what the unions tell them to do. When the unions say jump, all the dems say is "how high"

    July 26, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Wisconsinite

    @Keith in Austin July 26th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

    Hold your ground GOP!

    Yeah, hold your ground while the country goes down the toilet! You moron.

    July 26, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. BeverlyNC

    Republicans will NEVER disclose or give up their massive corporate donations. Republicans get no support from the People because no one trusts them anymore and wants to go back to the Bush years.
    The only form of money they have to run a campaign comes only from the corporate world and they would have no money at all without it. Problem is – when Republicans take all this corporate money, it comes with a high price to the American People, Republicans throw us aside and vote the way the corporate money has told them to vote.

    The Supreme Court destroyed the democratic process of our elections in 2 ways – by letting corporations give as much money as they want to the corrupt Republicans and by ensuring the corporations and NOT the PEOPLE get served in our government.

    This is why we need to rid Congress of all Republicans. They will NEVER stand up for the working class of America. Their loyalities have been bought by the corporations. They will stomp up down in favor of the bid corporate interests every time.

    NO to corporate money for who knows where and NO to Republicans who use it to work against the PEOPLE. Vote NO on ALL Republicans. They are traitors to the People and to the very foundation of our election process.

    July 26, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. Dano

    @ Augsbee

    The problem is the GOP. They filabuster every bill the Democarts try to pass, making it nearly impossible to get anything done unless you have a super majority (60%) of votes to overcome it. Please try to learn how our government works, then you can leave an informed post in the future.

    July 26, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm not going to say the GOBP is evil(which they are), but if any legislation sounds morally right, you can count on them to be against it.

    July 26, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Phil in KC

    Republicans – the party of "no" and a shill for big business.

    July 26, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Jay

    Obama can talk about "corporate and foreign influence" all he wants, but it doesn't change the fact that campaign finance regulations in general and this bill in particular allow sitting politicians to control the terms of their own reelections. Maybe corporate speech is "bad speech." Maybe it does "hurt democracy." But the reasoning behind the First Amendment is that however bad speech is, it's far more dangerous to hand control of speech over to elected politicians.

    Maybe there are some difficult areas where it's unclear what is speech and what is not. But political expression regarding elections and support for candidates is ground zero of free speech. Reasonable people can disagree about the value of campaign finance laws. I just wish the proponents of such laws would have the courage to admit how at odds they are with the First Amendment.

    July 26, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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