For decades, Dems have been the recipients of hundreds of millions dollars in union donations that have helped them win electionafter election. The Citizens United ruling in January of this year said that corporations are allowed to make unlimited donations to 501(c)4 groups. Democrats have lost their minds over this. Rep. Peter DeFazio himself has gone off the deep end. He announced that he's investigating articles of impeachment against Chief Justice John Roberts. From HuffPo:
With Democrats increasingly outraged over the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections -- a change conservatives have been more successful at taking advantage of -- a Democratic congressman is raising the prospect of impeaching the Supreme Court's chief justice over the issue.
"I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. "They have done more to undermine our democracy with theirCitizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They've opened the floodgates, and personally, I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents."
The Citizens United decision said that corporations have the right to express themselves through unlimited political donations to 501(c)4 advocacy groups. This decision allows unions to make unlimited donations to these groups as well, something Democrats conveniently fail to mention. The leftist publication Mother Jones revealed that unions were the first right out of the gate to take advantage of the ruling with massive donations to liberal political advocacy groups. What Democrats like DeFazio really want is for the Citizens United ruling to remain in tact for unions but to be rolled back for corporations so Dems can maintain their political fundraising advantage.
And don't let Barack Obama's and the Democrats' outrage about the 501(c) 4 groups not having to disclose their donors fool you. Chris Good at The Atlantic reminds everyone that the Citizens United ruling didn't impact disclosure rules in any way. 501(c)4 groups didn't have to disclose their donors before the CU ruling, and they don't have to now.