'DOUBLE TALK': Democrats say John Boozman hypocritically claimed to support campaign finance disclosure with a voting record against it.
The Arkansas Democratic Party
says Sen. John Boozma
n double-talked his way around a question about campaign finance reform
at a public meeting in Little Rock Friday.
Boorman said he favored disclosure of sources of money in political campaigns, but has voted against legislation that would accomplish that.
Boozman was among several participants at a session in Little Rock on "civil discourse." He was asked, the party said, about the influence of spending by undisclosed contributors, or so-called dark money, and the Citizens United court decision that unleashed corporate spending on political races. He responded, according to the party news release: “Well, the Supreme Court has pretty much said you can do those things, so it’s the law of the land. I don’t have any problems at all with disclosure. I think that’s how you solve a lot of these things…so that the people can see where all the money is coming from.”
However, Boozman has voted against the DISCLOSE Act that would require organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending and major sources of money. He supported a filibuster against the bill and also voted against the bill on final passage.
Said Party Chair Vince Insalaco
: “It’s ironic that Senator Boozman was speaking at an event to discuss how to make our politics more civil, but refused to admonish the troubling influence of dark money in politics that has led to a flood of dishonest, negative attack ads in Arkansas."
Bookman's Democratic opponent, Conner Eldridge, will work to overturn the Citizens United ruling and "work to get dark money out of our elections," he said.