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McConnell: Liberals Want Government to Control Political Campaigns

Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 10:38 PM

By Greg Richter

Liberals want government to control how much is said in campaigns, and they want taxpayers to pay for it, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"They want the government to take over the process of getting to office so that the people who get in office are more beholden to the government. That's what they really want," McConnell said in an interview aired Thursday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."

The Kentucky Republican was responding to Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the limit of $123,000 per election cycle that an individual can contribute to political campaigns.

The ruling did not change the $2,600 limit per candidate or party, but allows for people to contribute to as many candidates as they wish without hitting a total limit on donations.

Republicans hailed the ruling as a victory for free speech, while Democrats said it will allow rich people to unduly influence elections.

"Rich people have always had the opportunity to do that," McConnell said. "They can go out and spend all their money on a political cause if they want to. There's nothing new about that."

He applauded the Supreme Court for what he termed as overruling Congress' efforts to "micromanage" how people participate in political campaigns.

"It's none of the Congress' business how many candidates Americans want to contribute to," McConnnell said, adding that the ruling encourages more speech and more involvement from people on the left and right.

A divided Supreme Court passed the case on a 5-4 decision.

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