Leftist Hypocrites on Campaign Donations

One of the left’s biggest rallying cries against what they claim are the evils of the right was its opposition to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that essentially opened up our political process to unlimited donations to political causes. The left claimed allowing more money into politics was evil and says the case must be over turned. But now leftists in New Jersey are hypocritically using the case for their own ends.

A Washington DC-based left-wing super PAC has sued New Jersey’s campaign finance watchdog agency saying that the Garden State shouldn’t be allowed to limit what it can raise from an individual donor.

As a New Jersey paper reported recently, “The Fund for Jobs and Growth filed the complaint against the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) in federal district court on Friday.”

New Jersey says that there should be a limit per donor. But the group wants to raise money to make independent expenditures (i.e. political spending independent of the campaigns they are pushing) and based on the Citizens United case, they say that they should be able to wheedle from donors every penny that they can–and they are right, too.

“The Citizens United court stated in no uncertain terms that ‘independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption,’ thereby negating the only government interest strong enough to justify New Jersey’s restrictions on Plaintiff’s political speech,” reads the brief on behalf of the Fund for Jobs and Growth, prepared by prominent New Jersey election law attorney Angelo Genova.

Liberals across the country, of course, have excoriated the “evils of Citizens United,” since the ruling came down.

The ruling has absurdly been called the “greatest threat to our democracy,” and biased videos have been created by leftists to “prove” how bad it is.

Yet now we have a liberal group understanding juuuust how useful the ruling can be and want to use it for their own ends.

After calling the ruling “the end of our democracy” and after saying it is actually evil (as opposed to merely badly decided) now we have leftists using the ruling to their own ends.

In Realville we call that hypocrisy.

Meanwhile, enjoy Lee Doren’s wonderful little video that explains just how wrong the leftists are about the Citizens United case.

The ever reliable John McCain.
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  • JWH

    I have a feeling that wealthy donors are going to regret Citizens United in the long run.

  • ackwired

    I don’t understand why this is a left/right issue. Both sides used the ruling to form super-pacs and spend goofy amounts in the last election. It certainly did not improve the information process, nor do anything else to improve the election process.

    • Jwb10001

      It seems to me when the rules are tight each side tries to find a loop hole that they can use to gain an advantage. When the rules are less restrictive everyone gets to play no loop holes. If the left gets a bill through that exempts labor unions and limits corporations, they gain an unfair advantage. If the right could figure out a way to exempt unions but not corporations this would favor the right. Since both are now free to play neither has a distinct advantage. As long as politicians are crafting these laws they will always look for ways to out maneuver the other side so until responsible people get elected I say let every one play.

      • ackwired

        Thanks. This is helpful. I had not even thought that some on the right might still be using the corportation/union paradigm.

    • warnertoddhuston

      How can you not understand it when the left has spent the last few years in wearing of sackcloth and gnashing teeth over the ruling. It has been a major cause among the left.

      • Very selective memory.

      • ackwired

        The right does not have to be for it just because the left is against it.