The 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts was a victory for Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon and the Republican National Committee. It seems bound to inflame the ongoing debate over what many now see as the exaggerated influence the extremely wealthy exert over federal elections.
It also seems certain to increase Hollywood’s importance to the Democratic Party as a source of campaign contributions. The party’s major entertainment industry financiers — say, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Haim Saban — theoretically are free to contribute $2,600 to every Democrat running for a Senate or House seat in the coming midterm elections.
“Every American is now blessed to be able to contribute to all 535 members of Congress,” Saban tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And I have to go back to work really hard so I can satisfy this insane decision by the Supreme Court.”
Others in Hollywood who are consistently listed as top federal givers include Peter and Meg Chernin, Robert Daly, Jim Gianopulos, Alan and Cindy Horn, Ron Meyer, Rob Reiner, Tom Rothman, J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath, Steve Bing, Clarence Avant, Nancy Stephens, and Harvey Weinstein.
Because the new ruling also would permit joint fundraising by the national and state party committees, it’s not unlikely that the next cycle will see fundraisers headlined by the president or congressional leaders at which seven-figure donations are solicited.
The Democrats only hate Republican money in politics, but we all knew that. What is always so irritating with stories like this is to see elected Dems and the media sync up almost immediately on the message. It’s a “chicken or the egg” thing-I am never sure which side sets the talking points in motion. I do have a hard time believing that Harry Reid-the current chief Koch detractor-is smart enough to be the architect of anything. This is the first story I read all day from a somewhat mainstream source that didn’t bark “Koch brothers!” in the headline or first paragraph.
Their goal is unfettered cash flow from Big Labor and a hyper-restrictive donating environment for everyone else.
Because they can’t continue to win unless the game is rigged.