While the two parties continually squabble over trivial issues and are unable to unite over policies that might positively impact the living standards of the majority of Americans, they managed to agree on one piece of legislation – one that would funnel large sums of money into political party coffers. In a rare show of bipartisan cooperation, as reported in the New York Times, the leaders of the duopoly were able to agree on the inclusion of a rider to the current spending bill that would “allow wealthy donors to begin giving more than $1 million every election cycle to each party’s national committees”.
Campaign finance reform groups described it as “the most corrupting campaign finance provisions ever enacted”. In a letter to Obama, they write:
In a “bipartisan” unholy alliance, Senator Reid and Senator McConnell joined with House Speaker John Boehner to secretly insert into the Omnibus bill the destructive campaign finance provisions, which were unknown to the public and members of Congress until the day the bill was filed in the House. These provisions eviscerate the existing party contribution limits.
We were extremely disappointed that the White House issued a statement on Thursday saying that you intend to sign the Omnibus Appropriations bill.
Further evidence, if any was needed, of the utter moral bankruptcy of the two-party system.