April 10, 2012

Former Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele: “I’m Fine With” Movement To Overturn Or Amend Citizens United

Here’s a refreshing voice in support of overturning Citizens United, the disastrous Supreme Court decision that enables unlimited corporate and union spending in elections. Republic Report clipped a recent presentation on campaign finance laws, and found Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, voicing approval for an effort to reform the system.

Steele said he is “fine with” the “movement” he predicts will rise up to overturn some aspect of the Citizens United decision:

STEELE: I think there’s going to be a movement somehow to fix or correct this market that we currently have for campaign finance with respect to Citizens United. And I’m fine with that. […] I think our checks and balances allows our legislator, our Congress, to go back and say, alright, if that’s the limit you set, and it may be a very broad limit, let’s try to narrow the behavior within those limits. That’s okay. I have no problem with that.

Watch it:

In 2006, Steele ran for U.S. Senate on a campaign platform of cleaning up money and politics, including a gift ban from lobbyists and stronger revolving door restrictions. And as chairman of the Republican Party from 2009 to 2010, Steele gained a reputation for speaking his mind, even when his opinions contrasted with party orthodoxy. Hopefully, Steele will be a voice for the anti-Citizens United movement that has already taken shape around the country.

  • Barbara

    Campaign contributions should be limited to registered voters, with a set maximum amount. This removes lobbying, corporate corruption and keeps politicians working for ‘we the people’

    Unions and corporations have humans who can register to vote and be equal to the rest of us instead of having undue influence and our money to use that undue influence.

    • guest

      You mean a Republican with courage to do what is right? One who will follow his heart and brain and not the party line? I suspect he’ll be lamblasted, but a real man will lean forward.

      • CatKinNY

        They fired him as head of the GOP, despite the fact that he broke previous fundraising records and under his leadership, the party swept the 2010 midterms. This could be why, or maybe it’s just because he’s black; he only got the job because Barak Obama was the frontrunner in 2008 and they were desperate to make themselves look more appealing to minority voters. Since it didn’t work, they canned him. He seems pretty happy in his new job as a pundit on MSNBC, whose motto is ‘Lean Forward’.

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