Target: Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Goal: Tell the Republican National Committee to stop subverting campaign finance law in an attempt to increase wealthy donors’ influence in politics
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is suing the Federal Election Committee in a bid to force them to allow unlimited campaign contributions from wealthy donors. The group’s complaint claims that “the patchwork of limits on political speech undermines the First Amendment and puts high transparency, full-disclosure groups like the RNC on an unequal footing with other political entities.” Coming on the heels of 2010’s Citizens United case and the McCutcheon vs. FEC case from earlier this year, this challenge has the potential to pry open the floodgates of big money in federal politics even further.
The law the RNC is attempting to overturn is the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, also called the McCain-Feingold Act, which was intended to limit the role of soft money in campaign financing. This law was signed by George W. Bush and upheld by the Supreme Court after a challenge by Republican senator Mitch McConnell. Republicans are faced with the prospect of losing yet another presidential bid because their platforms and policies continue to be unpopular with the majority of American voters. They are apparently attempting to avoid defeat by chipping away at campaign finance reform, freeing them to spend however much money it takes to drown out the voices of their opponents.
The RNC filed an almost identical challenge back in 2008, which was subsequently rejected by the Supreme Court. Let the RNC know that allowing our politicians to be bought by the highest bidder isn’t any better an idea now than it was then, and demand that the group end its attempts to subvert campaign finance laws.
Dear Mr. Priebus,
The RNC’s recent lawsuit against the FEC is a bald attempt to buy elections and subvert the democratic process. As your colleague John McCain said, “money does buy access in Washington, and access increases influence that often results in benefiting the few at the expense of the many.” Democracy cannot exist when money speaks louder than votes.
If you truly believe in democracy, you should be working to get all big money out of politics and help us take our government back from corporations and oligarchs. I call on you and your colleagues at the RNC to end all attempts to subvert campaign finance laws in order to increase the influence of wealthy donors. Such attempts are both unscrupulous and unbefitting of a public servant.
[Your Name Here]
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