To find out, what does Hillary Clinton have to say about campaign finance reform?
Should we only trust what she says on her campaign site? Of course not, so how did she vote as a United States Senator regarding this issue. Regardless of Trump and his campaign’s deliberate lies and misinformation that Hillary did nothing as a Senator, she did sponsor and co-sponsor and vote yes or no on hundreds of bills. Anyone with an open mind can easily find and Google Vote Smart on Hillary Clinton (or click this link) for an entire fact-based record of her achievement, successes and failures as a U.S. Senator — nothing but the facts with absolutely no bias.
For instance, Hillary co-sponsored the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2001, and the bill passed in the Senate and then in the House.
What happened to this bill that passed both the Senate and the House? GOP Senator Mitch (obviously crooked and paid for) McConnell challenged the bill as unconstitutional and when it reached the Supreme Court in 2003, the Bill survived, but not for long.
A few years later, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen United struck down campaign financing laws related to corporations and unions. The ruling did not, as commonly thought, change the amount of money corporations and unions can contribute to campaigns. The minority argued that the court erred in allowing unlimited corporate spending, arguing that corporate spending posed a particular threat to democratic self-government.
As for Donald Trump, it’s not easy to know where he stands because like the Iraq War he’s been for campaign finance reform and against it like the changing weather from winter to summer, and we have no voting record to look at. But we have a history of serial lies and losing other people’s money while making money using the money the banks, investors, and workers lost when they weren’t paid, and there are the contributions made to the fraudulent Trump Foundation: How Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money.
In fact, Trump recently refused to pay almost $1 million owed to a polling service for his campaign, and Newsweek revealed that Donald Trump’s Companies Destroyed Emails in Defiance of Court Orders dating back to the 1970s in many court cases.
Then there is this about Donald Trump, the alleged Moscow Candidate: “A Veteran (U.S.) Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump”
The 1962 film, the “Manchurian Candidate“, got it all wrong. It’s time for a remake, but the remake should be called “Putin’s Candidate” or “The Moscow Candidate”, and Alec Baldwin should play Donald Trump.
Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran, with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).
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