The Most Absurd Statement of the Year?

Now that companies are speaking out against Georgia’s new Jim Crow 2.0 voting law, Mitch McConnell is suddenly interested in limiting corporate power.

This may be the most absurd statement of the year because it comes from the chief agent of the corporate right wing’s dark-money covert operation himself, Mitch McConnell:

The right wing dark-money machine has a recurring strategy of accusing others of what it itself is doing. They create false equivalency. Here they go again →

Republicans are happy to let the fossil fuel industry meddle in politics by spending millions in dark money to block climate legislation.

But companies saying they think Americans should be allowed to vote? “How dare they?!?!?” Republicans crow.

The good news: there’s a big whiff of desperation behind the faux outrage.

Read Jane Mayer’s piece for a window on why:

And it looks like I’m not alone detecting in Mitch a whiff of desperation — “barking scared”!

Here’s another Mitch response →

Said: “Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”

Not said: ‘We only want right-wing billionaires to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.’

If Mitch McConnell is really so concerned about corporate meddling in politics, which IS indeed a problem, there’s an easy fix.

We can pass the #ForThePeopleAct to restore Americans’ trust in our democracy by getting big, corporate money out of politics, cleaning up special interest influence, and protecting the sacred right to vote. This was passed by the House over a year ago, but was left to languish in Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard. (The hypocrisy!)

This bill also includes my #DISCLOSEAct, which requires donors spending more than 10,000 dollars in a federal election to disclose their identity. Pretty straightforward stuff.

This problem started with Citizens United. It’s time to address that wretched decision by passing #ForThePeople. Come on Mitch, sign on!

U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, the Ocean State.