Poll: Is SCOTUS’s McCutcheon Ruling Good or Bad for Your Party?

Michael Catalini, Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell
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Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms Peter Bell
April 10, 2014, 5 p.m.

Is the Su­preme Court’s rul­ing in Mc­Cutcheon v. Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion a pos­it­ive or neg­at­ive for your party?

DEMO­CRATS (86 VOTES)

Pos­it­ive: 17%
Neg­at­ive: 83%

Pos­it­ive

Cit­izens [United] des­troys parties; Mc­Cutcheon helps parties. As for wheth­er or not it’s good for the av­er­age cit­izen, that is a dif­fer­ent ques­tion.”

“Oddly, a pos­it­ive one, in that na­tion­al-party com­mit­tees can now have a stronger hand in cam­paign op­er­a­tions again, as they were lim­ited by the fin­ance lim­its.”

Neg­at­ive

“De­cision hurts demo­cracy more than Demo­crats. Mc­Cutcheon de­cision wounds Demo­crats but is not fatal elect­or­ally. You can buy some politi­cians but not many elec­tions.”

“Roberts Court is work­ing hard to make sure that the gov­ern­ment of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich shall not per­ish.”

“Any­thing that al­lows more big money in­to the pro­cess is bad for the sys­tem and cer­tainly bad for the Party of the 99 per­cent.”

“The Re­pub­lic­ans/con­ser­vat­ives will dump money in the key races. We just have to be smarter to off­set it, but we are at a dis­ad­vant­age.”

“Bad fin­an­cially but great polit­ic­ally. Makes the nar­rat­ive of the GOP as the party of big cor­por­a­tions against the middle class even stronger.”

“They’ve got more rich old white guys than we do.”

“Kochs 1, Amer­ica 0.”

Is the Su­preme Court’s rul­ing in Mc­Cutcheon v. Fed­er­al Elec­tion Com­mis­sion a pos­it­ive or neg­at­ive for your party?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (83 VOTES)

Pos­it­ive: 92%
Neg­at­ive: 8%

Pos­it­ive

“This will help us close the gap with House Demo­crats.”

“Biggest prob­lem post-Cit­izens United has been not enough money go­ing in­to the ac­tu­al cam­paigns them­selves. So this is a plus — why should the [in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ure] com­mit­tees have all the funds?”

“Good con­sti­tu­tion­al law and a blow to mis­guided re­forms like Mc­Cain-Fein­gold. Polit­ic­ally, it fa­vors Demo­crats every bit as much as Re­pub­lic­ans. Tri­al law­yers and West Coast lib­er­als will now be able to flood the polit­ic­al sys­tem with cash.”

“Any­thing that re­lin­quishes Mc­Cain-Fein­gold’s strangle­hold on free speech is good for Re­pub­lic­ans and Demo­crats alike.”

“Doesn’t make much dif­fer­ence, as not that many in­di­vidu­als max out to the former lim­it, but will get a few more bucks to long-shot can­did­ates.”

“The Demo­crats hate it, so it must be good.”

Neg­at­ive

“More rope with which to hang ourselves.”

“The su­per­rich are very lib­er­al.”

… … … … …

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

Is the Supreme Court's ruling in <em>McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission</em> a positive or negative for your party?

DEMO­CRATS (86 VOTES)

Pos­it­ive: 17%
Neg­at­ive: 83%

Pos­it­ive

Cit­izens [United] des­troys parties; Mc­Cutcheon helps parties. As for wheth­er or not it’s good for the av­er­age cit­izen, that is a dif­fer­ent ques­tion.”

“Oddly, a pos­it­ive one, in that na­tion­al-party com­mit­tees can now have a stronger hand in cam­paign op­er­a­tions again, as they were lim­ited by the fin­ance lim­its.”

Neg­at­ive

“De­cision hurts demo­cracy more than Demo­crats. Mc­Cutcheon de­cision wounds Demo­crats but is not fatal elect­or­ally. You can buy some politi­cians but not many elec­tions.”

“Roberts Court is work­ing hard to make sure that the gov­ern­ment of the rich, for the rich, and by the rich shall not per­ish.”

“Any­thing that al­lows more big money in­to the pro­cess is bad for the sys­tem and cer­tainly bad for the Party of the 99 per­cent.”

“The Re­pub­lic­ans/con­ser­vat­ives will dump money in the key races. We just have to be smarter to off­set it, but we are at a dis­ad­vant­age.”

“Bad fin­an­cially but great polit­ic­ally. Makes the nar­rat­ive of the GOP as the party of big cor­por­a­tions against the middle class even stronger.”

“They’ve got more rich old white guys than we do.”

“Kochs 1, Amer­ica 0.”

Is the Supreme Court's ruling in <em>McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission</em> a positive or negative for your party?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (83 VOTES)

Pos­it­ive: 92%
Neg­at­ive: 8%

Pos­it­ive

“This will help us close the gap with House Demo­crats.”

“Biggest prob­lem post-Cit­izens United has been not enough money go­ing in­to the ac­tu­al cam­paigns them­selves. So this is a plus — why should the [in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ure] com­mit­tees have all the funds?”

“Good con­sti­tu­tion­al law and a blow to mis­guided re­forms like Mc­Cain-Fein­gold. Polit­ic­ally, it fa­vors Demo­crats every bit as much as Re­pub­lic­ans. Tri­al law­yers and West Coast lib­er­als will now be able to flood the polit­ic­al sys­tem with cash.”

“Any­thing that re­lin­quishes Mc­Cain-Fein­gold’s strangle­hold on free speech is good for Re­pub­lic­ans and Demo­crats alike.”

“Doesn’t make much dif­fer­ence, as not that many in­di­vidu­als max out to the former lim­it, but will get a few more bucks to long-shot can­did­ates.”

“The Demo­crats hate it, so it must be good.”

Neg­at­ive

“More rope with which to hang ourselves.”

“The su­per­rich are very lib­er­al.”

… … … … …

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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