John McCain Accuses Republicans of Using Foreign Money Against Obama

John McCain has indirectly accused his fellow Republicans of using Citizens United to get foreign money into their campaign to defeat President Obama

Here is the video from PBS Newshour:

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JUDY WOODRUFF: But in the wake of the Supreme Court decision Citizens United, we are seeing enormous sums of money going into this campaign, to the campaigns themselves, to outside supporters. Is this — is it just inevitable that we’re now in a period where money is going to be playing this dominant role in American politics?
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: I’m afraid, at least for the time being, that’s going to be the case, because of the most misguided, naive, uninformed, egregious decision of the United States Supreme Court I think in the 21st century.

To somehow view money as not having an effect on election, a corrupting effect on election, flies in the face of reality. I just wish one of them had run for county sheriff. So what we are. . .

JUDY WOODRUFF: You mean one of the justices?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: One of the five Supreme Court justices that voted to invalidate what we know of as McCain-Feingold. Look, I guarantee you, Judy, there will be scandals. There is too much money washing around political campaigns today. And it will take scandals, and then maybe we can have the Supreme Court go back and revisit this issue.
Remember, the Supreme Court rules on constitutionality. So just passing another law doesn’t get it. So I’m afraid we’re in for a very bleak period in American politics. You know, we all talk about — and you just did — about how much money is in the presidential campaign. Suppose there’s a Senate campaign in a small state, and 10 people get together and decided to contribute $10 million each. You think that wouldn’t affect that Senate campaign?

JUDY WOODRUFF: This question of campaign money highlighted today by this — the announcement that there’s a huge amount of money coming in from one donor in the state of Nevada.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Mr. Adelson, who gave large amounts of money to the Gingrich campaign. And much of Mr. Adelson’s casino profits that go to him come from this casino in Macau.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Which says what?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Which says that, obviously, maybe in a roundabout way, foreign money is coming into an American campaign — political campaigns.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Because of the profits at the casinos in Macau?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Yes. That is a great deal of money. And, again, we need a level playing field and we need to go back to the realization that Teddy Roosevelt had that we have to have a limit on the flow of money, and that corporations are not people. That’s why we have different laws that govern corporations than govern individual citizens. And so to say that corporations are people, again, flies in the face of all the traditional Supreme Court decisions that we have made — that have been made in the past.

Just when you think John McCain has gone completely off his nut and is going to spend the rest of his golden years trapped in a vortex or warmongering and 2008 bitterness, a flash of the old McCain emerges when he talks about campaign finance.

Sen. McCain long ago proved himself not to be the foreign policy expert that the media makes him out to be, but he does understand campaign finance and the destruction being wrought on our country via Citizens United.

Sen. Oscar the Grouch (McCain) was correct. The right wing ideologues on the Supreme Court seemingly didn’t give a second thought to the can of worms they were opening with the Citizens United decision. McCain had to say maybe foreign money is coming into system through super PACs because thanks the Supreme Court’s decision, we have no idea where the money is actually coming from.

Since there are no disclosure laws for super PACS, there is nothing stopping any foreign national from trying to buy an American election. We have no idea if the Iranians or the Chinese are dumping millions of dollars into our electoral process in order to influence governmental policy.

The truth is that is it almost a certainty that foreign money is being spent on our elections, and almost all of that cash is being raised and spent to support Republicans and defeat President Obama.

There is a growing fear among Republican and Democratic incumbents that these outside groups are intimidating elected officials into supporting their agenda. Sen. Bernie Sanders explained it as, “This is unprecedented and it is the most savage attack against American democracy, and the concept of one person, one vote that we have seen in our lifetime, and what it is is saying if you are a billionaire, you can buy elections. You can by politicians, and by the way, on the floor of the Senate, on the floor of the House, you can intimidate members, because you will be saying to them if you are going to vote against Wall Street, or the insurance companies, or the military industrial complex, you just do that, and we’re going to have millions of dollars in thirty second ads in your state this weekend.”

I hope McCain is right that Citizens United will cause scandals, because a major scandal is in all probability the only way that the American people are ever going to pay attention to this problem. The corporate media and their Republican allies have been quietly and diligently working to keep the American people in the dark, so don’t count on the media to sound any alarm bells anytime soon.

John McCain gets it. Bernie Sanders gets it, but the American people need to understand that every shady undisclosed dollar spent jeopardizes the freedoms that they take for granted. The biggest threat to our democracy isn’t in Iran. It is in the checkbooks of billionaires and foreign nationals who are burying your voice under mountains of campaign cash.

Stop the avalanche of secret cash, and repeal Citizens United.

26 Replies to “John McCain Accuses Republicans of Using Foreign Money Against Obama”

  1. Republicans are taking foreign campaign money while accusing Obama of spending too much time fundraising for USA dollars

  2. Well, what do you know. Seeing his hard-fought legislation trashed offends Senator McCain almost as much as losing the last election (which probably saved him from death by “heart attack” and replacement by marionette, though). The way things are going, we’re at risk of winding up with the best government Chinese and Saudi money can buy.

  3. If John McCain had stayed on topic instead of trying to get that dimwit in the tight skirt to rescue his campaign, would things have turned out differently? I don’t know. What I know is that the SCOTUS is full of crooks and liars.

  4. I am not sure if the Iranians would be dumping any money into the Romney campaign, that’s one quick way to get themselves attacked. But there’s little doubt that China would not hesitate to both intimidate and give money to the campaigns of their choice.

    It’s little different than finding out that Goldman Sachs is the biggest campaign contributors to the people who are on the Senate Banking Committee.

  5. I heard an interview with McCain and Feingold. They were talking about Citizens United. One scary point they made was unidentified “lobbist” comes into your office. “The people I represent want you to vote against such and such… If you don’t, you’ll have massive attack ads run against you the week before the election.” They gave several examples where the polls showed one person leading by a wide margin. In came massive, untrue, attack ads just before the election and the other candidate won. They said it was something all incumbents and many newbies really worry about. That is how big money buys even members of Congress that normally wouldn’t be bought. If you don’t play, you don’t remain in Congress.

  6. Bless his heart. John McCain has gone ’round the bend’. He was a brave flyer who endured what many of us could not, but he has become a detriment to himself, not to mention his colleagues, his constituents and our country.

    Senator, OBAMA received MILLIONS of dollars of ‘small’ donations during his 2008 campaign from FOREIGN sources — most of it from MUSLIMS.

    Please, please retire and save yourself further embarrassment. You are aiding a abetting an enemy of the United States.

  7. Yep, just like in 2008, Chinese and Saudi money straight from their pockets to Obama’s war chest via small, online donations on Obama’s campaign website where the tracking system to identify overseas donations was TURNED OFF.

  8. there are plenty of articles on the web from 2008 and at least one current one posted 6/15 on newsbusters.

    I guess the moderator didn’t like my links.

    But IF you REALLY cared about being informed, you would have done a simple search, just like I did, so that answers that.

  9. In otherords you are just spouting conspiracy theory’s and have never had a drop of proof or truth.Move along, have seen many posters post the same thing and never once any facts.

  10. Maybe this’ll get ya started.
    From the American Thinker archives:
    August 14, 2008
    Obama’s Foreign Donors: The media averts its eyes

    Secret, Foreign Money Floods Into Obama Campaign
    Monday, 29 Sep 2008 09:23 PM
    By Ken Timmerman

    Establishment Media Negligence in ’08 Campaign Enables Obama Foreign Campaign Contribution Chutzpah
    By Tom Blumer | January 28, 2010 | 16:24

  11. It was obvious from the beginning that you were not interested in facts or the truth.

    Your attempt to insult, evade, deflect, blame and demean has proved Socrates correct again: “When a debate is lost, slander becomes the toll of the loser”

  12. You have no truth. Thats whats obvious. You presented no facts, no truth and at best no debate.

    We all know what American thinker is. And it isnt America

  13. She wants everyone to be “informed” via NewsBusters (lol) about Obama (factchecked here and found FALSE and laughable) , but does not want to talk about Romney and the huge PACs backing him and what that could mean re his war mongering against Iran.

    And certainly doesn’t want to talk about the foreign money already funneled to the GOP via Chamber of Commerce:

  14. I pretty much figured it would be a moon bat web site if she posted anything. American Thinker is about as anti American as it gets

  15. keep believing your leftist lies. I’m truly sorry for your unwillingness to pull your heads out of the sand.

    anyone who blindly believes the liberal snopes or think’progress’ is beyond help.


  16. Judging from your last two sites referenced, you dont have enough credibility to get us to follow a 3rd no matter the subject matter

  17. Lonely star girl…..YOU obviously believe YOUR favored propaganda so what is your problem with another person believing something else. You HAVE listed radical right wing sites and links that are not objective at all….pretty biased and extremely conservative and filled with lies, distortions, and made up information. But – if that iw what floats your boat, fine for you….but don’t try to ram YOUR preferences down the throats of anyone else. THAT is not your priviledge.

  18. So Adelson’s chinese money is buying a republican presidency, wonder why –
    He is an israeli war hawk and wants to go to war with Iran, he will fight to the last American soldier!
    Mittens will give him payback!

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