RNC's Flores: Dems 'Undermine' 1st Amendment With Campaign Proposal

Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 05:40 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Senate Democrats are "trying to undermine and repeal" the First Amendment with a Constitutional amendment that would give Congress and state lawmakers the authority to regulate campaign spending, says Sarah Isgur Flores, Republican National Committee deputy communications director.

"The First Amendment is a bedrock of our constitutional and political process, and when you try to limit people's speech, which political candidates they can support, and which issues they can support, it's a huge problem that our founders would have just been shocked that we were even debating," Flores told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

"The amendment they're proposing would just allow Congress to decide who can speak," she explained.

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"I'm not particularly comfortable with Harry Reid deciding which political groups, which citizens, can actually have a voice in our political process," Flores added.

The Supreme Court ruled in April that individuals could give to as many candidates as they wanted, in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The decision has been praised by those on the right and condemned by those on the left.

Flores contends that with such rulings coming down that "we're actually making a move as a country to really strengthen and protect the First Amendment. It is frightening and dangerous that the Democratic Party is trying to undermine and repeal it."

The RNC official says that "our campaign finance system is working" fine as it is, and that she is "shocked" that even Democrats would support such an amendment.

"What has happened to the Democratic Party that all of a sudden they're in favor of repealing the First Amendment?" Flores asked.

"It's stunning."


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