GOP Platform 2012: Repeal McCain-Feingold, Oppose Disclosure

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In an interview over the weekend, attorney and Republican National Committee member Jim Bopp told the Indianapolis Star that the 2012 platform calls for the repeal of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (also known as McCain-Feingold) and opposes the DISCLOSE Act.

From the story:

Four years ago, he watched with distaste as his party nominated Sen. John McCain as its presidential nominee. With McCain leading the ticket, Bopp said, “we couldn’t write in (the platform) that we opposed McCain-Feingold. And we sure as hell couldn’t endorse it, so we didn’t say anything about campaign finance.”

This time, he said, the platform calls for the repeal of the last vestiges of the McCain-Feingold law and opposes passage of the so-called “Disclose Act” in Congress. It would require advocacy groups making more than $10,000 in campaign- related expenditures to disclose contributors who had donated more than $10,000.

The call for the repeal of McCain-Feingold, or the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, is not surprising, but as we’ve been noting all year, Republicans previously supported disclosure measures as the only solution to our campaign finance system.

Previous platforms highlight that.

In 1996, the platform noted that (emphasis added) “[t]rue reform is indeed needed: ending taxpayer subsidies for campaigns, strengthening party structures to guard against rogue operations, requiring full and immediate disclosure of all contributions, and cracking down on the indirect support, or ‘soft money,’ by which special interest groups underwrite their favored candidates.”

In 2000, under the “political reform” section, the platform noted that “Governor Bush's agenda for more honest and more open politics” would “Require full and timely disclosure on the Internet of all campaign contributions — so the media and the public can immediately know who is giving how much to whom.”

In 2004, the platform noted “Republicans have enhanced financial disclosure requirements for political campaigns, corporations, and pension funds in order to bring about more transparency and accountability in the political system.”

UPDATE: Here's the official language:

"The rights of citizenship do not stop at the ballot box. They include the free speech right to devote one’s resources to whatever cause or candidate one sup- ports. We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals. As a result, we sup- port repeal of the remaining sections of McCain- Feingold, support either raising or repealing contribu- tion limits, and oppose passage of the DISCLOSE Act or any similar legislation designed to vitiate the Supreme Court’s recent decisions protecting political speech in Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Election Commission and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. We insist that there should be no regu- lation of political speech on the Internet."