Pelosi's top priority: Consolidating power

H.R.1’s campaign-finance provisions would also limit the political speech of conservatives and Republicans. The bill requires some nonprofits to disclose publicly the names of donors who give more than $10,000, even if those groups aren’t taking part in candidate elections. The left’s pressure groups and media will then stigmatize donors. The bill also raises disclosure requirements for political ads on radio and TV, requiring the head of an organization to approve messages and list the group’s top donors by name.

It also imposes new disclosure and reporting requirements on online platforms that run paid political advertising, some of which go beyond or are at variance with standards placed on radio or TV ads. And the bill restructures the Federal Election Commission from a split of three Democratic and three Republican commissioners to two each plus an “independent.” That deciding vote will almost always vote left given the Beltway’s political and media balance of power.

As for D.C. statehood, the U.S. hasn’t admitted new states since 1959, and the admission of Hawaii and Alaska that year was designed to balance what was at the time one new Republican-leaning state with one Democratic state. The D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood movements are naked attempts to enlarge the Democrats’ Senate majority. It isn’t even clear D.C. can be admitted without a constitutional amendment, given that the Founders created a federally controlled district in the seat of U.S. government to maintain federal sovereignty.