Hypocrisy: Jeb Bush says he’d ‘eliminate’ Citizens United ruling as Super PAC raises over $100 million

JebBush5It seems Barack Obama isn’t the only one who wants to rule like a dictator.  On Monday, GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would “eliminate” the Supreme Court Citizens United decision that paved the way for super PACs.

“If I could do it all again I’d eliminate the Supreme Court (Citizens United) ruling” he told CNN’s Dana Bash. “This is a ridiculous system we have now where you have campaigns that struggle to raise money directly and they can’t be held accountable for the spending of the super PAC that’s their affiliate.”

There’s only a couple problems with that.

First, as president, Bush wouldn’t have that power.  Second, he has benefited greatly from the work of his own super PAC, Right to Rise, which, CNN reported, raised $117.6 million last year.

Breitbart reported that Citizens United fired back at Jeb:

Citizens United President David N. Bossie disagrees, telling Breitbart News that Jeb Bush has exposed his “true colors.”

“Jeb Bush’s true colors just resurfaced.  He has embraced the left’s view of the First Amendment.  Jeb Bush now agrees with Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to limit free speech in America,” Bossie said.

“George W. Bush signed the unconstitutional McCain-Feingold legislation into law in the first place, so it’s no surprise Jeb Bush has the same severely flawed view of the Constitution that his brother did,” he added. “Jeb Bush is a hypocrite.  His Super PAC has raised over one hundred million dollars, but it hasn’t helped him one bit.”

Reaction on Twitter was pretty much what you’d expect:


Maybe the Democrats ought to consider drafting Bush…


Good question.

He’s not just wrong, he’s a hypocrite.  And he sounds more like a liberal Democrat than a Republican with each passing day.  Perhaps that’s why he’s doing so poorly in the polls and why he received only 52 of the 5,700 votes in our post-New Hampshire debate poll, coming in last place.

Twitchy noted: “Maybe he should just join up with “right porridge” John Kasich and vie with Hillary and Bernie for the Dem nomination.”

We agree.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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