I listened to a radio show a while back that featured Dave Thompson. On it they spent a fair amount of time talking about the problems of walk up registration. Knowing that voter ID is very controversial, I asked Dave Thompson why work toward an extreme agenda item that won’t pass when you could make serious and possibly pass a change that requires photo ID for such things as same day registration.
Of course I know he and the rest of the Republicans prefer political statements, rather than seriously attempting to pass a bill, but I asked the question anyway. He responded that same day registration is just one piece a photo ID solution would solve among many voting issues.
I guess it would solve how we stop some low income people from voting. And I guess it would solve how we stop the infirmed and elderly from voting. It sure would stop people who are distrustful of the government from participating. And maybe it would stop a few people who want to vote illegally from voting. But if he is attempting to really resolve “voting issues,” why isn’t he trying to reduce the influence spending and money alone have on the voters who step up to that little voting booth to fill in their ovals.
I am going to hazard to guess that the millions of dollars spent by outside organizations had an effect on the outcome of the governor’s race in a way the Republicans did not like. I think that Tom Emmer drunk driving commercial was pretty effective early in the race. Maybe the $5.7 million spent by the Alliance for a Better Minnesota had an impact on the outcome. Maybe that played a more significant part in the Emmer loss than illegal voting. But I’m just speculating…
So why wouldn’t the Republicans want to control outside spending? Because, outside spending benefits Republicans 2 to 1. Republican apologists love to cry about how unions fund Democrats, but do you know who the largest outside donor in the nation was in 2010? It is no surprise to me, The Chamber of Commerce. And it wasn’t even close. In fact the top four outside political spenders are groups that support Republicans. Number 5 on the list, the first union, SEIU, didn’t even spend half what the Chamber of Commerce spent in 2010. I know what you GOP apologists are going to say, “yeah but all the unions combined…”
Yeah but… if we look at the numbers, for organizations that have either a “conservative” or “liberal” leaning, for every $1.00 a conservative organization spent to elect Republicans, liberal organizations, spent 48 cents. And we are not talking just a few millions of dollars, we are talking $189,654,125 (just to emphasize that: 189 MILLION DOLLARS for Republicans) to $92,773,913.
Now we see why Republicans want “election integrity” only when it comes to who is voting, not when it comes to who is buying elections. A Republican bully said “DFL obviously stands for dumb f-ing liberal.” I guess I would rather be a f-ing liberal who cares about people and that those people might be disenfranchised, than a GOPer, because that can only stand for Greed Over People.