” Arguing it would restore democracy, two top House Democrats pushed for sweeping legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United speech case, including a constitutional amendment limiting campaign contributions and instituting a taxpayer-financing system.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) published an op-ed in The Washington Post Wednesday advocating for the Government by the People Act on the day it was being introduced in the House.
“ We must disclose the sources of the money in our campaigns, amend the Constitution to reverse the grievous error of the Citizens United decision, reform our broken campaign finance system and empower citizens everywhere to exercise their right to vote,” Pelosi and Sarbanes wrote.”
Having searched Thomas , and numerous government websites we could not presently locate a copy of the text of the bill but we did find a list of co-sponsors that reads as a typical list of enemies of the Tea Party and liberty :
” As of 02/06/2014 text has not been received for H.R.20 – To reform the financing of Congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors, and for other purposes.
Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from GPO, the Government Printing Office, a day or two after they are introduced on the floor of the House or Senate. Delays can occur when there are a large number of bills to prepare or when a very large bill has to be printed.”
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* = Original cosponsor
The Examiner offers a very telling piece on the motives behind this latest attempt by the “progressives” to shut down free speech for the proponents of limited government :
” Although the “Government by the People Act” innocently claims to want to get big money out of politics, the real goal is to smash the Tea Party (as well as pro-Israel, pro-life, and other similar groups collectively referred to as the “Tea Party.”)
This legislation is the direct result of a secretive, well-financed progressive plot hatched shortly after President Obama’s re-election in 2012.
Sound like a conspiracy? It is.
The meeting was described by Andy Kroll of Mother Jones, who wrote that “three dozen of the most powerful groups in liberal politics met [for an 'invite-only and off-the-record' meeting] at the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA).” During the meeting, they pledged “millions of dollars” to actively work on three specific goals, one of which was “getting big money out of politics.” “
Imagine the chutzpah of the NEA and other unions demanding to get the “big money” out of politics.
” The fear that conservative groups would have access to funds typically granted to progressive groups and unions was too much to bear. In fact, the Citizens United ruling came at right around the time that the Internal Revenue Service started targeting conservative groups.
As revealed by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post,
“The targeting of [conservative] groups began in early 2010, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC was announced on Jan. 21.”
Many of the same politicians and activist groups involved in the Democracy Initiative pressured the IRS to scrutinize the Tea Party before Lois Lerner “spontaneously” apologized for the targeting in May, 2013.
A detailed history of the IRS targeting can be found at Tavern Keepers.”
These legislative and lobbying efforts on the part of the elite of the “progressive” left to shut down the Tea Party and like minded citizens groups speaks volumes as to the effectiveness of such organizations and gives evidence of just how important to the cause of liberty , freedom and limited government they are .