September 18th, 2010
09:12 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama hammers Republicans on campaign finance

(CNN) - President Obama used his weekly radio and internet address Saturday to target Senate Republicans who are actively opposed to campaign finance legislation that in part requires special interest groups to clearly name themselves in television advertisements they put money behind.

"Now, the special interests want to take Congress back, and return to the days when lobbyists wrote the laws," Obama says in the address. "And a partisan minority in Congress is hoping their defense of these special interests and the status quo will be rewarded with a flood of negative ads against their opponents. It's a power grab, pure and simple."

The legislation is in response to a Supreme Court ruling last year that relaxed disclosure laws among special interest groups. Democrats initially failed to get enough support to bring the bill for a final vote last July.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in response: “In the middle of the worst recession in memory, Americans want us to focus on jobs. But for the second time in four weeks, the President used his weekly address to promote a partisan campaign bill."

"By focusing on that partisan effort to rig the fall elections rather than the stagnant economy, Democrats are proving once again that the jobs they care about most are their own. The President says this bill is about transparency. It’s about transparency, alright: It’s a transparent effort to rig the fall elections," he added.

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  1. ddt

    The problems we have today started with the supreme court back then,"2000" when they handed power to GW BUSH, now they have again given the republican power to win elections through special interests. If you watch foreign news, you can relate this to the supreme leaders of IRAN who gave power to radical Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Look how the Iranian people are suffering, I know there are those who are ready to vote for republicans. Pathetic

    September 18, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Sue

    Sure Obozo.............As soon as ALL special interest groups are not allowed to influence elections...........

    Let us see you put an end to these special interest groups-- unions, Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, American Progressives, etc.

    Now, Obozo...........You know that you will never let that happen........

    You only want to end the special interest groups that do not support you, and your marxist/socialist agenda for our country.

    September 18, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. GoBamaMan

    Now, we are getting to the heart of the problem with Washington politics. Who is paying who and for what purpose. This is why the GOP's opposition to Obama has been so extreme. Obama campaigned against lobbyists and special interest groups running/ruining Washington with their political bribes.
    It's these 'good ole boy' politicians who are so fearful of losing voter support if their sponsors will be exposed.
    Our President is an honest man that follows through with his promises, with exception to what he is forced to compromise away during negotiations, just to get bills passed. ie; the public option. He is a fair and reasonable man. It hurts everyone when our own citizens lie about him. These jackels play right into the hands of our nations enemies, such as Al Qaeda.
    Some Americans need to do some serious soul searching with regards to who we are and what we have become.

    September 18, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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