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Shine a light on political cash

Cheers to U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar for pushing legislation to let the average person see who exactly is giving those big campaign checks to politicians.

She wants Congress to pass legislation to increase transparency in political spending by special interests, helping ensure that wealthy donors and corporations can no longer spend unlimited money in U.S. elections anonymously.

Klobuchar has been pushing the DISCLOSE ACT of 2014 that would require organizations to disclose major donors.

Earlier this month, the Judiciary Committee passed a constitutional amendment that Klobuchar has cosponsored to allow Congress to override the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court rulings.

“With outside special interest money flooding our political campaigns, Americans feel their voices are being drowned out,” said Klobuchar.  “We must take action to right this wrong, and this legislation is one important step forward in our effort to help restore the public’s confidence in the electoral process.”

The U.S. Supreme Court went way off track when it first started giving corporations “free speech” rights, and things have only gotten worse as the court builds on its original flawed decision.

Now corporate campaign contributions are considered “free speech,” a concept we are sure would baffle the founding fathers.

Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, which allows special interests to spend unlimited amounts of money on federal election activity, Super PACs and other outside groups have dramatically increased their spending on federal elections.

A recent report found that outside groups spent as much as $2.5 billion in the 2012 elections.

Under the DISCLOSE Act, corporations and unions that spend over $10,000 on campaign activity must disclose their spending to the Federal Election Commission within 24 hours and list any donor who gives over $10,000 to the organization.

Klobuchar is also a cosponsor of a constitutional amendment to allow Congress to override Citizens United and McCutcheon and move forward with campaign finance reform.

The amendment would do an end-around the Supreme Court’s “corporations are people” decision by explicitly authorizing Congress to regulate the raising of money for federal campaigns, including independent expenditures like those from Super PACs.

The amendment would not specify any policies or regulations, instead enabling Congress to pass campaign finance reform legislation. The amendment also expressly states that any regulation cannot limit the freedom of the press.


Jeers to Republican gubernatorial candidate Kurt Zellers for effectively tying his own hands by pledging never to raise taxes.

If Zellers is elected governor, look for a return to ever-increasing property taxes and endless fee increases, as he tries every two years to balance the state budget with tricks and gimmicks.

Everyone knows that any Republican governor is going to be tough on taxes. For Zellers to take the outdated and discredited ‘no new taxes’ pledge smacks of desperation.

Minnesotans deserve better.