White House 'strongly opposes' GOP bill to dismantle system of campaign financing
January 25th, 2011
03:39 PM ET
11 years ago

White House 'strongly opposes' GOP bill to dismantle system of campaign financing

Washington (CNN) - A Republican-backed bill to halt public financing of presidential campaigns and conventions is coming under fire from the White House.

In a strongly worded statement, the Office of Management and Budget said the House bill, known as H.R. 359, would "expand the power of corporations and special interests in the nation's elections," and that it would "force candidates into an endless cycle of fundraising at the expense of engagement with voters on the issues."

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Still nothing from Boner about creating jobs. Why do the republicans want our elected officials to owe big business and foreign corporations for campaign donations?

    January 25, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    The GOP is pressed on rebrandishing us as the United Corporated States of China & India.

    January 25, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    Repubs. still don't believe that non-property owners should be allowed to vote.

    January 25, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @Patriots Salute . . .
    I am beginning to think that John Boehner is the antiChrist, not President Obama. However, you should be commended for keeping the stupidity going.

    January 25, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. J. Strnad

    Public financing, which the GOP wants to eliminate, is the ONLY campaign financing we should keep. Until we get private finance out of the picture, we'll continue to get "the best government money can buy" with so-called "representatives" who are more answerable to the corporations that put them into power than they are to the people of the land.

    January 25, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Marcus

    To put it simple: If the GOP gets it passed (fat chance!!!) then it won't gonna matter what you and I do wants to be done, but what the guys that gave them (the future elected officials) millions to get their seats demands them to do.
    in the last months of the past year there was a case about a judge who 'returned the favor' to some guys who had contributed to his campagin, wasn't? Think about tenfold, then tenfold again.

    January 25, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    I strongly oppose Citizen's United. No change of THAT being repealed, what with Boehner in control of all legislation being offered the next two years. Citizens United, and a combined passage of H.R. 359, ought to send corporation GOPer lobbyists into a dizzying frenzy of absolute ecstasy. After all, a presidential election will soon be upon us, and believe me, GOPers will need as much of that corporate funding as they can get its hands on.

    January 25, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. duke

    By a show of hands,who's Surprised??you,you??
    The rich have figured another way to keep more from the people,funny thing is the people who will be hurt by the party of god(gop)are the ones who keep them in power??

    January 25, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    that it would "force candidates into an endless cycle of fundraising at the expense of engagement with voters on the issues."
    What color is the sky in their world?! They already do this regardless of the public funding of campaigns. I say get rid of it. Let the candidates fund their own campaigns if they want to run.

    Seems like the Democrats are so worried about all the money that companies might spend but want to ignore the hundreds of millions they get from the unions. Hypocrisy.

    January 25, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. John B. From New Hampshire

    As if the SCOTUS decision on corporate finance in elections wasn't enough, now this. It's a brilliant try by the Repubs i'll give them that! They know the corporate money overwhelmingly favors them, so why not increase their odds in '12 by gutting the public financing that helped Obama win in '08. there's on small problem with that however.. the president still has his veto pen. 🙂 nice try though! A for effort but as always with the GOP.. it's effort and words and ZERO ideas or action! Where are the jobs?! All we've heard is healthcare and now this.. looks like Boehner got a BS in BS!!

    January 25, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. michaelam

    President Obama:
    I will gladly donate a box of new pens for the Oval Office. I have a strong feeling you will run out ink rather quickly by vetoing numerous "crazy" bills passed by the GOP/Tea Party/Birchers.

    Good luck to you tonight and I look forward to listening to another one of your brilliant speeches! Hopefully, the Regressives will be on their best behavior and not shout out any crazy talk!

    January 25, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |

    where did Owebama get all his campaign money from back in 2008
    $53 million did not all come from you and me pitchinging in $50 here and there
    The left wing has their high profile donnors, trust me

    CME (investment banking) contributions to Owebamas little buddy out in Chicago should prove my point

    January 25, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Tulsa

    This is what you get people. The Republicans will DESTROY our rights as free Americans. Just as they trampled the Constitution during the last R administration.
    ...AND, they have the SCOTUS in their idiological grip too. All it really takes for evil to take control is for just people to not pay attention.

    January 25, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    IS IT SINKING IN YET AMERICA?!??!?!? GETTING THE FREEKIN PICTURE?!?!?!? I don't think it is for the people who support these corporate wh-res. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU. You are nothing more than hopefully-cheap (and hopefully-getting-cheaper) labor and indentured servants who they want beholden to their benefactors and they want you getting paid as little as possible...THAT is why they want taxes low. Their golden-toilet-pooping corporate masters of the universe want to be able to pay you as little as possible and take and keep as much as possible for themselves...more and more and more and more and more. The wealth gap has expanded exponentially over the past couple decades AND IT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THEM. They can't pay you a mere pittance if the government is running and functional and providing regulatory oversight of their behavior...or if you need to be paid a wage that covers you paying a tax rate that helps the government actually exist, let alone run effectively. THEY PERCEIVE IT AS AGAINST THEIR INTERESTS FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO EXIST AT ALL. Dismantling the campaign finance regulations that help keep the corporate masters of the universe from buying the government and drowning out all your voices is all part of it. Teddy Roosevelt is rolling over in his grave...there was never a more staunch opponent of giant business interests controlling the country than him, and he was a Republican. Contemporary GOPers don't deserve to pass by his grave, let alone pretend to stand for what true Republicans stood for in the past. It's a farce and you're all buying into supporting it because they wrapped it up niec sounding false theories and ideology that pays no attention whatsoever tofacts, evidence or historical record. Hell...they even stand in front of a crowd and actively rewrite history just so it fits what they want you to believe...and you eat it up because it's more comforting than inconvenient truths like IF THERE IS NO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT YOU WILL BECOME A SLAVE TO GIANT CORPORATIONS. It's already happening, but they've distracted you from it with the shiny things you buy via your consumer debt.

    January 25, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Its time we impeach the Republicans on the Supreme Court for violation of judicial ethics.

    Corporations are not people and they do not have free speech.

    January 25, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |