Lindsey Graham Parades His Conservative Cred on DISCLOSE Act
Republicans aren’t exactly warming to Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) new language in the DISCLOSE Act, intended to treat disclosure requirements on campaign spending from unions and corporations more equitably. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who was hardly considered “in play” in today’s cloture vote, nonetheless felt compelled to release a harshly worded condemnation of the bill:
The DISCLOSE Act is a political sham. It seeks to impose new campaign laws right before an election, a rare occurrence in American politics. At the end of the day, it’s really all about partisan advantage.
I think it’s also a bit odd that President Obama would lecture the Congress on this issue. In 2008, he broke his promise to accept public financing in the presidential race and then proceeded to raise $750 million. For him to now express concern about money in politics is a little late.
Earlier in the legislative session, many Democrats saw Graham as a fill-in for his friend Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — as a Maverick-type figure who might be willing to work with Democrats on pressing issues like a climate bill or immigration reform. But that was before Graham withdrew from negotiations with Democrats over a climate bill, citing Reid’s apparent willingness to give priority to a debate on immigration, and later announced that immigration reform should wait until 2012.
His willingness to negotiate on these hot-button issues provoked outrage among many conservatives — members of his own South Carolina state GOP officially censured him not once, but twice — and it appears the pressure from his base is having an effect.