“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” ~ Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 – 1826)
SB 661 is a case in point.
The bill would amend the Michigan Campaign Finance Act to let the ruling political class hand pick a termed out legislator’s successor and designed to defeat limited government Tea party candidates! And codify an existing non-disclosure rule for election-related “issue ads.”
The bill was rammed through at the last minute,with floor amendments added after caucus with no explanation AND only hours after:
“Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposed an administrative rule change that would require campaign finance reporting by groups running advertisements that “try to persuade voters about the worthiness or unworthiness of a candidate” without actually using words like “vote for” or “elect.”
Issue ads, which critics call a form of dark money, have become increasingly common in Michigan elections, but their backers are not required to disclose spending or donors under the current interpretation of state law.
Sponsoring Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, said he heard about Johnson’s pending proposal on Wednesday night but declined to say whether his amendment was a direct response or intentional attempt to undermine her effort” Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposes new disclosure rules for dark money ‘issue ads’
Of course it was! Anyone who believes it was not I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Do these Senators stop to think that this applies to the Democrats/Liberals now and in the future?!
No because unfortunately (for us) these types only think in the NOW and for themselves.
However, it been on the burner for awhile for the political ruling class.
Remember Greg McNeilly? He served as executive director of the state Republican Party, and works for The Windcrest Group, led by Betsy and Dick DeVos, and president of the newly formed (2012)“Michigan Freedom Fund” PAC
He is the guy who said …..”Some Republicans argue certain tea party figures are being handled too gingerly. GOP consultant Greg McNeilly said establishment Republican leaders have “misplaced fears” about the strength of the tea party’s more vocal activists, whom he called “malcontents” and “magpies.” Instead, McNeilly is urging GOP leaders go on the offense in defense of Medicaid, which provides health insurance to low-income people with jobs.” The Detroit News
“None of (tea party activists) have shown strength at the ballot box, so there’s no evidence for them to be concerned,” McNeilly said. “… Many of them are actually an invasive species, they are not Republicans.”
And back in 2010, “He (McNeilly) also wants to change a 1989 amendment that limits contributions per “election cycle,” rather than election, which in effect places additional limits on campaign donations when candidates are in contested primary elections.”
He also just issued this press release about SB 661 passing the Senate ending with, “Government has no right to target and punish the free speech of individuals, whether or not it is unpopular or delivered through an unpopular medium. Today, the Senate did the right thing by standing up for our rights and putting the Constitution first.”
Seriously? Atrocious attempt at spin by a GOP political hack!
Money DOES talk and in this case it isn’t talking “free speech” or Constitution!”
However, unfortunately it passed the Senate Here is the roll call of Senator who voted Yes and NO
However, It now goes to the House Committee on Elections and Ethics
These are people to contact now as I am sure this one is marked to get rammed through Committee
If would also be a good idea to contact your House Rep at the same time
We NEED to let our House Committee members and our Reps know that SB 661 is terrible policy because:
Ruling political class (R & D) picking the successor of a termed out legislator
Designed to defeat limited government Tea Party Candidates
Lack of transparency on issues ads
Rammed through through at the last minute,with floor amendments added after caucus with no explanation
Could it get worst?
Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R) Committee Chair, 86th District
Phone: (517) 373-0846 Toll Free: (855) 596-6786 Email: LisaLyons@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-1789 Email: KevinCotter@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-3816 Toll Free: (855) 737-5878 Email: KurtHeise@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-0842 Toll Free: (855) 373-0842 FAX: (517) 373-6979 Email: MikeCallton@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-0834 Toll Free: (855) 688-6267 FAX: 517-373-9622 Email: RickOutman@house.mi.gov
Phone: (517) 373-0840 Toll Free: (888) 347-8072 Email: KenYonker@house.mi.gov