Tuesday, July 27, 2010

As Colorado Suffers From High Unemployment, Bennet Tries To Scuttle Small Business Bill In Favor Of Incumbent Protection Legislation

WASHINGTON – With national unemployment at 9.5 percent, appointed U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) sought to scuttle a proposal to help small businesses access credit and create much-needed jobs. Instead, Bennet and his Democrat colleagues today attempted to ram through the Senate a partisan bill that was drafted in the backrooms of the Capitol and “tilts the playing field in favor of” Democrat candidates.

Bennet’s so-called “DISCLOSE Act,” which Washington Democrats have advanced under the guise of “clean elections” and “transparency,” seeks to suppress Americans’ free speech in elections while instituting a number of loopholes favoring Democrat-leaning organizations such as labor unions and environmentalists.

“With Coloradans suffering from high unemployment, it’s astonishing that Michael Bennet would toss aside a chance to assist job-creating small businesses and instead try to ram through a partisan bill aimed at stacking the deck for his own struggling reelection bid. Once again, Bennet’s selfish political priorities demonstrate that he only cares about saving his own job – not Coloradans’. Just as they rejected the Cornhusker Kickback and the Louisiana Purchase that Bennet used to ram his contentious health spending bill into law, voters in Colorado are tired of Senator Bennet’s backroom deals and they’re ready to hold him accountable this November,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Press Secretary Amber Marchand.

In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal wrote the following in an editorial today:

In theory, campaign finance reform is about clean elections, transparency and ending special interest influence. In practice, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled a cloture vote for this week on a bill designed to undo a recent Supreme Court free speech decision and give Democrats a fund-raising advantage in the fall elections…. Another provision allows political donations under $600 to be made anonymously. As it happens, the average union member pays annual dues below that amount, while the typical corporate donation exceeds it. Thus the donor-disclosure requirement would effectively apply to corporate speech while allowing Big Labor to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on political advertising without revealing donor identities. The Democratic attempts to win support for these faux reforms have been equally cynical. Lawmakers have cut deals with the National Rifle Association, the Sierra Club and a few other powerful special interests to exempt them from the new restrictions and, most importantly, remove them as potential obstacles to the bill's passage.