The New York Times reports today, “On David Axelrod’s New York City itinerary for Monday: to meet privately with potential donors to a ‘super PAC’ supporting President Obama’s re-election, then publicly declare that if that re-election happens, Mr. Obama will stop at almost nothing to undo the ruling that made super PACs possible. Days before the Supreme Court is expected to announce whether it will rehear the Citizens United case, which allows unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, Mr. Obama’s senior campaign adviser said that decision was ‘taking us back to the gilded age. We’re back to the robber barons taking over the government.’ ‘The long-term implications for our government, our democracy, are very, very grave,’ he said during a discussion with John Heilemann of New York magazine at the 92nd Street Y on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Mr. Axelrod added that if Mr. Obama won a second term, the administration would consider ways to eliminate the ruling’s effects, including a Constitutional amendment.”
So in other words, Axelrod is asking for support for a super PAC he intends to use to win an election and then pledges to never let anyone do that again. Moreover, Axelrod and President Obama are signaling that they apparently think there’s a flaw in the First Amendment that’s served the country well for over 200 years. And their apparent desire is to chip away at the First Amendment by amending the Constitution to outlaw certain kinds of political speech they disapprove of.
As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said two years ago when Democrats were pushing to limit political speech through their DISCLOSE Act,“Let’s face it: What our friends on the other side want here is what they always seem to want, more government control. They want government to pick and choose who gets to speak in elections, and how much they speak.”
On Friday, Leader Mitch McConnell will give an important speech to the American Enterprise Institute to discuss First Amendment rights and these latest attempts by Democrats and the Left to diminish them under the guise of campaign finance reform.