Good. One down, five to go.
As an opponent of the Citizens United case, Ravel is an anti-First Amendment liberal who wants to shut down any criticism of an incumbent senator 30 days before an election.
The case was brought after Citizens United tried to advertise the showing of a movie critical of incumbent Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton before her re-election in 2006.
Ravel also wanted to regulate the Internet to shut down the Drudge Report.
Oh, and as the New York Times reminded us, she is sexist:
Her claims that Republican commissioners have been unwilling to rein in obvious violations and abuses have drawn wide attention — as well as angry rebukes from those Republicans, who have accused her of grandstanding and of exaggerating the problem. The publicity even earned Ms. Ravel an appearance on “The Daily Show,” where her interviewer suggested the commission had become as irrelevant as male nipples.But even if she respected the Constitution, I question the need to allow the Deep State of political appointees and Civil Service protected bureaucrats to rule over congressional and presidential elections like this. The 50 states are in charge of elections.
From the Mercury News:
“When you’re working to ensure the integrity of the electoral system and can’t do it because of constant stalemates — and because it’s important to me, because I’ve been in government most of my life and we owe (such integrity) to the public — I felt like I couldn’t stay,” Ravel told the Bay Area News Group by phone Sunday.
Ravel pointed to a series of tie votes between the panel’s three Democrats and three Republicans for spurring her decision. She said she doesn’t have much hope the commission will reign in campaign finance abuses and fears the cost of elections will keep rising.
The 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court didn’t help, she said. In its ruling, the court found that political spending is protected free speech and that corporations and unions may spend as much as they want on elections.
“The campaign finance situation has changed radically,” she said. “And not just because of Citizens United, although that opened the floodgates to it. It’s very hard for most people to run for office now, even locally. For sure it’s harder at the state level, unless a candidate has a lot of money on their own, like Trump did, or has contacts of people who have lots of money.”Ravel's candidate for president -- Clinton -- spent twice as much money as President Trump.
Much of Clinton's support came from Citizens United-styled Super PACs.
Of course the story did not point that out.
It was just a 500-word unpaid advertisement for the Democratic Party. Again.
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