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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:34 PM

"Why Republicans Worry About Hurting Corporate Feelings" by Robert Reich

Why Republicans Worry About Hurting Corporate Feelings

By Robert Reich at the Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/republicans-corporations_b_1608486.html

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Perhaps you'd expect no more from the Republican leader of the Senate who proclaimed three years ago that the GOP's first priority was to get Obama out of the White House. But Senator Mitch McConnell's speech Friday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington is simply bonkers.

The only reason I bring it up is because it offers an inside look at how the Republican goal of getting rid of Obama is inextricably linked to the Republican Supreme Court's decision equating corporations with people under the First Amendment, and to the Republican's current determination to keep Americans in the dark about which corporations contribute what.

In the upside-down world of regressive Republicanism, McConnell thinks proposed legislation requiring companies to disclose their campaign spending would stifle their free speech.

He describes the current push to disclose the sources behind campaign contributions as a "political weapon," used by the Democrats, "to expose its critics to harassment and intimidation."


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