During an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowed that Democrats would work “on the first day we’re there” to overturn the controversial Citizens United ruling if they retook the House.
She insisted “the public wants” Congress to overturn the Supreme Court ruling, which struck down key campaign finance laws that limited union and corporate spending. The 2010 decision opened the way for Super PACs, which can receive unlimited sums of money to influence elections as long as they do not coordinate with a candidate.
Democrats have proposed a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the authority to regulate the campaign finance system. But overturning Citizens United is almost universally opposed by Republicans, who argue that political spending is a form of free speech that should not be limited.
Pelosi also said that Democrats would move once again to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would have required the head of any organization that puts a political ad on TV or radio to publicly state that he or she approves the message, similar to what candidates must do now. Republicans have blocked the bill twice.
Pelosi added that she would work to elect lawmakers who “stand up for our democracy that our founders sacrificed everything for — The government of the many, not the government of the money.”
During her appearance on MSNBC, Pelosi also accused Republicans of attempting to suppress voter turnout with restrictive laws and by “poisoning” the 2012 campaign.
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Trump buried by ex-US Attorney for claim the Constitution allows him to do what he wants: Even Bill Barr ‘won’t go that far’
Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance slapped aside Donald Trump's claim that Article II of the Constitution "allows me to do whatever I want," as the president put it.
Addressing the president's claim, made during an interview on ABC with host George Stephanopoulos, law professor Vance bluntly pointed out that the president is no constitutional scholar.
After watching a clip of Trump claiming unchecked power as president, Vance was asked what she thought of his claims.
MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’
Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.
Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.
"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."
Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.
‘It’s voter discouragement’: Jake Tapper says Trump efforts to curb Dem votes doesn’t count as ‘suppression’
CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday disagreed with the notion that President Donald Trump and Russians tried to "suppress" Democratic votes by engaging in what he called large-scale voter "discouragement."
During a panel discussion on CNN, Democratic analyst Jennifer Granholm slammed Trump's campaign for "voter suppression."
"The thing that concerns me about the launch, Jake, of this new — of his re-election [campaign], he has already raised $100 million," Granholm said of Trump. "His campaign manager, Brad Parscale, who ran the digital campaign last time around, said that this time this campaign is going to be bigger, better and badder."