This week, congressional Democrats have been touting a polling memo from Obama campaign pollster Joel Benenson that allegedly shows strong public support for the DISCLOSE Act, the current hysterical effort by the self-styled campaign finance “reformer” and their Capitol Hill allies to undo the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Ironically, the memo claiming broad public support for DISCLOSE has until now been, well, undisclosed. But Shopfloor.org, a web site run and maintained by the National Association of Manufacturers, has managed to track down a copy of this secret memo.
The memo is, needless to say, a mind-boggling collection of misstatements and biased questions—and not very fresh ones, either. Anyone who relies on this memo to inform them as to what the American public believes today about the DISCLOSE Act is going to be badly led astray.
To begin, the memo asserts that “80% of voters oppose the ruling,” a curious result given that CCP’s own poll on Citizens United in March found that nearly 60 percent of likely voters were not even aware of the case. If anything, voters are even less aware of the case today—another poll earlier this month by the liberal People for the American Way that also asked extremely biased questions found that 73 percent of voters “have not heard anything” about the Citizens United decision.