The DISCLOSE Act requires corporations, organizations, and special interest groups to stand by their political advertising just like a candidate for office does. It narrowly passed the House this week, with only two GOP votes.

Hank Johnson spoke briefly on the floor of the House in favor of passing the legislation, and says what we already knew: 

“Why are Republicans opposed to restricting corporate political influence?  Let’s cut right down to it: Republicans favor big business.  They know that increased corporate influence in elections means more Republicans will be elected,

“This bill will limit the political influence of corporate miscreants like BP.  Last week, we saw House Republicans apologize to BP after this Congress and President Obama moved to hold them accountable. This week, Republicans are fighting for BP’s right to influence our elections.”

Mentally challenged Republicans (Kyle Wingfield, Peach Pundit, Hot Air, The Corner, Breitbart) are criticizing Johnson for his remarks. In fact, let’s look at Kyle Wingfield’s remarks in detail:

Just note the irony of the corporate examples Johnson used: BP, whose employees have given more money to Barack Obama than any other politician over the past 20 years, and Goldman Sachs, whose PACs and employees gave Obama nearly $1 million in 2008, compared to about $230,000 for John McCain.

But as Wingfield surely knows, those were individual contributions from BP or Goldman Sachs employees, not the company itself.  The difference between Joe Smith contributing $50 and BP contributing $500,000 are enormous, and Congressman Johnson points that out.

Too bad our Republican friends can’t understand the distinction.