Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton today came out and claimed that she’s in favor of getting money out of politics on her website her campaign a comprehensive plan in order to get money out of politics and to quote her plan “She will fight to ensure that our democracy works for everyday Americans and leads to government of, by, and for the people, not just the wealthy and well-connected. Her proposals will curb the outsized influence of big money in American politics, bring sunshine to secret spending, and institute real reform to raise the voices of regular voters.” The reason why I wrote “claimed” instead of saying that Clinton is in favor of getting money out of politics and why this is great news. The issues that I personally have with this is the fact that I just don’t believe them. Her campaign makes claim that Clinton is committed to getting money out of politics quoting her plan again “Hillary Clinton has made revitalization of our democracy a key pillar of her campaign.” Now I find this this claim in the first paragraph just plain laughable because not just Hillary Clinton but Bill Clinton both have history of doing favors for corporations and billionaires and then both of them got paid $500,000 per speech after they do favors for the richest most powerful people in the country. The point of this post is to go through some of the plan and for me to counter some of the claims that the plan makes and why it’s asinine that Clinton would actually do anything about money in politics if she’s elected President.
The first point of her plan is to overturn Citizen’s United decision which held that “…the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation.” I think that this is asinine because basically what the court is saying with this decision is that money=speech and that “nonprofit corporations” or Super PAC’s as they are better known as they get to spend unlimited money in our politics and more importantly and worse in my opinion corrupt our politics but I digress. Do I believe that Hillary Clinton/her campaign when she claims that she wants to overturn Citizen’s United? Yes, I do believe her because I’m sure that even she, full of the corruption that she’s been apart of throughout her career, she thinks that Citizen’s United goes too far and I’m sure she would be willing to appoint Supreme Court Justices that would overturn Citizen’s United . However the second point of her plan where she claims that she will support a support a constitutional amendment, now I don’t buy this for a second because this would entail not only getting the House of Representatives and the Senate to pass the amendment but she also would have to get 3/4 of the states to agree as well and I don’t think that she would want to spend the political capital necessary to get this amendment passed.
The Third point of her plan just surprised me how much she is taking out of both sides of her mouth. Her campaign claims that “Ending Secret, Unaccountable Money in Politics Outside groups have spent more than $600 million in secret money in the three federal elections since Citizens United, yet it is difficult to know who or what is behind that spending. Clinton believes that the public has a right to know who is spending money to influence elections and the actual sources of funds for those expenditures. To increase transparency in our political system and end the era of unaccountable money in politics.” This all sounds good of course and by the way most of her plan sounds just like the plan that Bernie Sanders has in order to get money out of politics, however the problem that I have with this is the fact that Clinton herself is benefiting from the system just the way it is now. So there would be no incentive for Clinton and her team to change the system in any meaningful way. She also claims that she will sign an executive order telling Federal contractors that they have to disclose their political spending, once elected will she ever get around to signing this order? Who knows, but don’t hold your breath on that.
Another point in her plan is to “Establish a small donor matching system for presidential and congressional candidates” The problem with this is that it leaves the private donor system just as it is and does not change it. For example Bernie Sanders is in favor of publicly financed elections no private money in any election. That in my opinion is the best way to finance campaigns because you basically eliminate corruption and the people that are running for office at that point really want to help and work for the people and not just enrich themselves like most Congressmen/women and Senators do right now. What I want and what most Americans want to money totally out of politics this proposal is a middle of the road idea and what people want is real change at this point and not just incremental change which is what Obama has basically gave us throughout his nearly eight years in The White House.
Finally you can read the entire plan at this link but my issue with Clinton is the fact that she always talks out of both sides of her mouth and she is clearly trying to pander to progressives and get them to leave Bernie’s campaign and join her because she’s more electable and that she is saying the right things in order for progressives to vote and support her. She’s out of touch with what’s going on in today’s America if she think that saying the right things will get her elected. We need a president that will fight for free and fair elections and Clinton is not that person because she plans on raising $2.5 billion dollars for her campaign and that’s not including Super PAC money either. If you want to get money out of politics it would be a huge mistake to trust Hillary Clinton with that task. So my final question if you are a Hillary Clinton supporter and you want to get money out of politics is why would a person that wants to raise $2.5 billion dollars at least would want to get money out of politics when that money got her elected in the first place?