The proposed legislation seeks to undo the Citizens United v. FEC ruling which has been a thorn in the side of progressives ever since the Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that political spending was "a form of protected speech under the First Amendment."
Although the "Government by the People Act" innocently claims to want to get big money out of politics, the real goal is to smash the Tea Party (as well as pro-Israel, pro-life, and other similar groups collectively referred to as the "Tea Party.")
This legislation is the direct result of a secretive, well-financed progressive plot hatched shortly after President Obama's re-election in 2012.
Sound like a conspiracy? It is.
The meeting was described by Andy Kroll of Mother Jones, who wrote that "three dozen of the most powerful groups in liberal politics met [for an 'invite-only and off-the-record' meeting] at the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA)." During the meeting, they pledged "millions of dollars" to actively work on three specific goals, one of which was "getting big money out of politics."
The meeting led to the Democracy Initiative. According to their website, the conveners are the Communications Workers of America, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and the NAACP.
The endorsers of the plot can be found here, and include MoveOn, SEIU, Demos, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) among many others.
“At the end of the day, many of the attendees closed with a pledge of money and staff resources to build a national, coordinated campaign around three goals: getting big money out of politics, expanding the voting rolls while fighting voter ID laws, and rewriting Senate rules to curb the use of the filibuster to block legislation. The groups in attendance pledged a total of millions of dollars and dozens of organizers to form a united front on these issues…” [emphasis added]
The fear that conservative groups would have access to funds typically granted to progressive groups and unions was too much to bear. In fact, the Citizens United ruling came at right around the time that the Internal Revenue Service started targeting conservative groups.
As revealed by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post,
“The targeting of [conservative] groups began in early 2010, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC was announced on Jan. 21.”
Many of the same politicians and activist groups involved in the Democracy Initiative pressured the IRS to scrutinize the Tea Party before Lois Lerner "spontaneously" apologized for the targeting in May, 2013.
A detailed history of the IRS targeting can be found at Tavern Keepers.
Although politicians and progressive activists will tell Americans that they want to reverse the "Citizens United" ruling to "get big money out of politics," it is really about doing something, anything, to destroy the Tea Party or weaken the movement.
Consider the following from a New York Times OpEd on the Citizens United ruling:
"Unleashed by Citizens United, a handful of renegade billionaires made life miserable for Mitt Romney, the establishment candidate.... [and] turned the primary process into an open contest, giving full voice to the more extreme wings dominated by the Tea Party and the evangelical right." [emphasis added]
Does the concern here over the "Citizens United" ruling seem to be about "big money in politics?"
Or this, at the Huffington Post,
"The 2010 Citizens United decision and a subsequent lower court ruling opened the door to unlimited independent electoral spending by individuals, corporations and unions. Very conservative groups seized on the opportunity to pump more money into Republican primary elections and ultimately managed to elect some of the stars of the current crisis, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.)." [emphasis added]
The Tea Party has shaken up the establishment, and there have been numerous efforts by democrats and republicans to destroy the grassroots movement.
The Huffington Post reported today,
"Sarbanes' bill has received strong backing from a large coalition of progressive, reform, labor and environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Communications Workers of America, Service Employees International Union, the NAACP, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the Teamsters."
What a coincidence.
For an inkling of just how inextricably linked progressive activists are with elected Democrats, consider that Rep. John Sarbanes, one of the authors of the "Government by the People Act" took part in a so-called "Grassroots Democracy Virtual Teach-In" along with MoveOn, Demos, Sierra Club, NAACP, and Communications Workers of America last month.
He even mentioned the meeting on his Facebook page.
Other recent plots to destroy the Tea Party include a bizarre class-warfare strategy touted by Senator Chuck Schumer, as reported at Liberty Unyielding, and an insidious proposed IRS rule, as reported at the Examiner.
Speaking of the proposed rule, professor of law at the University of Tennessee Glenn Harlan Reynolds wrote an article for USA Today saying in part that "...the Obama administration is currently changing IRS rules to muzzle Tea Partiers."
"And that's Obama's legacy: a government that makes paranoid conspiracy theories seem possibly sane."