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Politico: McConnell, GOP Pushing Campaign Funding Rider

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By    |   Thursday, 26 Nov 2015 11:54 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans are pushing for a provision in an upcoming government funding bill that would expand how much cash political parties will be able to spend on candidates, according to several sources.

The rider is just one of the campaign-finance provisions under discussion during closed-door talks on the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending package that deadlines on Dec. 11, reports Politico, and would eliminate caps on party spending.

McConnell has long opposed campaign finance restrictions, but finance watchdogs say the new rule will allow wealthy donors to hold even more influence over Congressional members, and complain that the provision is targeted for the spending bill that must be passed to avoid a government shutdown.

But supporters say the measure would make political financing more transparent and help party committees regain power and control from big money groups that have gained power through recent court decisions.

A McConnell office spokesman said there is bipartisan interest in getting the provision changed, but a senior Democratic Senate aide told Politico the issue "exacerbates the fundamental problem that a wealthy few are controlling our democracy.”

However, other legislative provisions intended to boost political parties have met with bipartisan support, including late last year, when representatives for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and former House Speaker John Boehner negotiated a rider to increase the amounts a single donor could give to national parties from $97,200 up to $777,600, if the money was used for specific purposes.

Super PACs and other groups can accept unlimited cash, while party committees cannot. However, outside groups can't coordinate spending on ads and getting-out-the-vote measures with candidates, while party committees can, with limits that are set.

However, Fred Wertheimer, president of the campaign-finance watchdog group Democracy 21 told Politico that the provision would "turn the party committees into full-time laundering operations," and the GOP failed to launch a similar measure last year.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans are pushing for a provision in an upcoming government funding bill that would expand how much cash political parties will be able to spend on candidates, according to several sources.
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