Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was reminded of his support of the Citizens United ruling after he warned big businesses to “Away from politics” as they condemn the controversial new voting law in Georgia.
Republicans in Kentucky said: It is “not true” and a “lie” called racism, new voting laws, or revert to Jim Crow-era restrictions on minority communities.
Georgia’s new voting law puts a restriction on voting with no applicants. It is illegal for electoral officials to send missing ballots to everyone in elections. Threats of criminal prosecution against people who distribute water and food at polling stations And gives the state legislature more control over the Georgia Electoral Commission.
He urged companies to “stay away from politics”; as Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines criticized the policy, along with other companies. Major League Baseball also announced it would move the 2021 All-Star Game due to the fact that it would be held. Up in atlanta
In issuing a statement on the voting law, McConnell said: “It must be jaw-dropping that it sees not only powerful American institutions, but also the people of the United States.” But only allow myself to be bullied But also participate in self-bullying. “
A handful of commenters responded to the Republican leader’s remarks, warning he supported the Citizens United ruling allowing companies, unions and other external groups to spend an unlimited amount in the election.
“Mitch McConnell knows companies are not people – that’s why he quickly shut them down,” the End Citizens United campaign tweeted on Sunday. “He sees them as just ‘people’ when bringing checks and watching dark money ads to support their campaign to suppress voters and block voters. ‘
Attorney Ted Boutrous similarly said the McConnell-backed Citizens United ruling drove the companies.
“Mitch McConnell generally says that corporate political speech on important issues can bewilder the government. But donating corporate funds to him and others is a speech that should be covered by the First Amendment, ”he tweeted.
Former Missouri Senator Claire McKill (D) also said it was a “joke” that McConnell was against companies involved in politics after backing the Supreme Court ruling that allowed them to spend no money. Limited in elections
“He really wants companies to be people (see Citizens United) with First Amendment rights when it comes to campaign cash … not for any other kind of speech,” she tweeted.
Speaking at the 2011 roundtable, McConnell said Citizens United’s ruling “raised the playing field” between newspaper owners and other companies wanting to speak politically.
“Basically, Citizens United does it to raise the pitch for corporate America and for the American Union and say you love how media companies can … freely express your opinion on everything in this country,” he said. Said at that time “Why shouldn’t everyone be free to do that?”