Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
In a speech today to the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the stunning view that attempts to let voters know who is paying for political messages amounts to a “political weapon” aimed at intimidating political critics.
Though Justice Anthony Kennedy’s controversial 5-4 majority opinion Citizens United case specifically endorsed the idea of campaign finance disclosure, calling it “the less-restrictive alternative to more comprehensive speech regulations,” McConnell embraced the partial-dissent of Justice Clarence Thomas — which argued that even that was unconstitutional.
McConnell told the group:
MCCONNELL: Now, to most people the idea of disclosure sounds perfectly reasonable. and throughout my career I, too, have consistently called for full and timely disclosure for all contributions to candidates and parties. …