House Republicans Take On Sen. McConnell Over Campaign Finance Deregulation

<p>Flickr – Stephen Melkisethian </p> (u.s. capitol building)

Flickr – Stephen Melkisethian

(u.s. capitol building)

The House Freedom Caucus, a group of  40 Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives are defying Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plan to deregulate key campaign finance limits.

And they’re not mincing words.

This rider would rig the game for the national parties and diminish the influence of ordinary Americans in the political process,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), said. “It is designed to help elect candidates who will toe the party line in Washington rather than stand up for the people they were elected to represent.”

We agree. Taking a system already awash with cash and adding more to the mix will only further disenfranchise everyday Americans.

Sen. McConnell’s plan, which removes caps on soft money, would render individual contribution limits for candidates almost meaningless and give special interests and wealthy individuals more control over Congress’ agenda. Republicans and Democrats are right to oppose the measure.