NPR.org » Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny http://m.npr.org/story/155306187?url=/2012/06/20/155306187/big-political-donors-shy-away-from-public-scrutiny
The top Republican in the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, says the problem has gotten so bad, it’s infringing on these donors’ right to free speech. “This is nothing less than an effort by the government itself to expose its critics to harassment and intimidation,” McConnell said at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. In his speech, he said if donors are giving to independent superPACs or to those social welfare groups, they shouldn’t be forced into the public eye by campaign disclosure laws. “That’s why it’s critically important,” McConnell said, “for all conservatives, and indeed all Americans, to stand up and unite in defense of the freedom to organize around the causes we believe in.” To which Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute responds: “The fact that you get negative press coverage because you have decided to get involved in politics is, as Justice Scalia said, a part of the price of democracy and getting involved.”
Note: McConnell also recently complained that the wealthy pay too much in taxes as well, despite many paying a lower effective rate than working people already.