A day after voting to eliminate the law responsible for reducing domestic violence by half over the last 18 years, Mitch McConnell took on another terrifying enemy today: transparency in political advertising.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Friday he sees an FCC rule to publicize political advertising spending as a potential burden on free speech rights.
“Adding additional burdens and more expansive requirements during an election year is a thinly veiled attempt to achieve indirectly what the administration has failed to achieve directly through the legislative process,” McConnell said in a statement.
“Protecting political speech and ensuring the right to petition the government free from harassment is at the core of the First Amendment and I am deeply troubled by any proposals to expand new federal regulatory schemes that could have the effect of stifling any citizens right to engage in constitutionally protected speech.”
The FCC voted to require broadcasters affiliated with the nation’s four largest broadcasters to post political advertising data online. As it stands, political advertising data is public, but it’s only available on paper, making collection onerous.
Do you know who else had the nerve to let citizens’ have greater access to information regarding political advertising expenditures? Stalin.
Mitch McConnell will not rest until America goes back to the days where Richard Nixon’s campaign committee could freely stuff its safe full of any untraceable stacks of cash it wanted to without anybody knowing about it. Now that is freedom.