North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows and Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently joined forces to introduce a bill championing free speech in the election process and effectively eliminating SuperPACs.
The two Conservatives announced the SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2017 on November 30th, saying the bill would “serve as a model for how we should approach championing free speech in campaign finance.”
“Another election cycle has come and gone without addressing a glaring issue that remains significant: free speech and transparency in campaign finance,” Senator Cruz said. “Our current campaign finance system is absurd.”
Under the SuperPAC Elimination Act, the current $2,700 per-election limit on individual donors would be eliminated, with donors would be allowed to give unlimited amounts of money to federal political candidates. Campaigns would also be required to disclose all donations over $200 within 24 hours of receiving them.
“I am pleased to join my friend Sen. Cruz in a fight that I believe is critical for all Americans – the fight to ensure that individual citizens have an adequate say in our political process,” Congressman Meadows said. “Too often, our government uses campaign finance laws as a backdoor to increasing their own electoral influence while weakening that of the average American on Main Street.”
At the heart of Meadows and Cruz’ bill is the fact that money is free speech, despite all liberal arguments to the contrary. Being able to promote or criticize a candidate or issue in the manner which you deem fit is protected by the 1st Amendment, as the Supreme Court’s decision on Citizens United (2010) proved.
“Candidates should define their own messages, and citizens should be free to support whatever candidates they choose to support,” Cruz said. “Restrictions to political contributions are always presented under the guise of preventing corruption and holding politicians accountable, when in fact they accomplish exactly the opposite: protecting incumbent politicians.”
Liberal politicians have spent decades arguing in favor of empowering the government to silence anyone who would advance political ideas come election season. Of course, when you control the media and academia, you’ll do whatever you can to shut down the last form of opposition to your ideas.
“This bill will put Americans on a level playing field with the media and politicians when it comes to influencing elections and exercising our First Amendment rights,” Cruz said. “I’m proud to work alongside Rep. Meadows to shed light on the political arena and advance this important legislation.”
“This is a bill that will take comprehensive steps to promote engagement, accountability, and transparency in our campaign finance system while putting every day Americans on a level playing field with bureaucrats in Washington,” Meadows added.
On Wednesday, Cruz indicated that overhauling the federal campaign finance system would be a top priority in the new Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a man who at times has served as a roadblock and adversary to Conservatives, may be an unlikely ally in this effort, as he has long argued that money is free speech, and campaign finance laws should be loosened accordingly.
Congressman Meadows, who endorsed Senator Cruz in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary, should be able to rally plenty of support for the measure in the House, as he is slated to be the next Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
According to their statement, Cruz and Meadows plan to reintroduce the SuperPAC Elimination Act of 2017 when the next Congress convenes in January.