By: Charles Hoskinson (Washington Examiner)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hates the Koch brothers so much he wants to rewrite the First Amendment to keep them out of the political process.
"There should be no million-dollar entry fee to participate in our democracy," Reid, D-Nev., said in a Senate floor speech Thursday, citing the Koch brothers repeatedly in noting that campaign contributions should not receive the same constitutional protection as speech. "Elections in the United States should be decided by voters."
He said he will move for a quick vote on a constitutional amendment giving Congress and state governments the right to regulate the raising and spending of money in political campaigns. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced his panel would hold a June 3 hearing on the proposal, sponsored by Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
What that means, in the real world, is that incumbents in Congress will have power over what their challengers need to do to reach voters. How convenient.