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Tea Party group must disclose donors, Federal Election Commission rules
cleveland.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | Sabrina Eaton

Posted on 11/21/2013 6:34:29 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

Washington, D.C. - The Federal Election Commission on Thursday denied the request of a prominent Tea Party organization that argued it should not have to disclose its political donors because they might face harassment from the government or the public.

The Tea Party Leadership Fund, which recently announced that it is seeking challengers for the 87 Republicans who voted to end last month's government shutdown, told the FEC that an exemption from public disclosure would be justified by part of the Supreme Court's decision in Buckley v. Valeo.

The group's lawyers noted the decision lets organizations like the Socialist Workers Party have an exemption from disclosing their contributors if they can establish a "reasonable probability that the compelled disclosure would result in threats, harassment, or reprisals from either Government officials or private parties."

"As grassroots outsiders, TEA Party supporters are accustomed to defending their values from both government officials and private opprobrium," the group said in a September filing with the FEC. "But the TEA Party is now encountering unprecedented harassment from both government officials and private actors."

The Tea Party group filed more than 1,000 pages of documents it said showed harassment, including reports on the IRS questioning whether Tea Party and other political groups should have tax exempt status, and criticism of its stances by the media and politicians including President Barack Obama, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown and Niles Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan.

In making its case, it cited an op-ed by Brown that described Tea Party populism as "driven by anger at our government and at our country," and an instance where Ryan referred to its activists as "tea bagger protestors."

Organizations like Democracy 21 and the Campaign Legal Center opposed the group's request, arguing that the disclosure exemption is only available when the “threat to the exercise of First Amendment rights is so serious and the state interest furthered by disclosure so insubstantial that [the disclosure requirement] cannot be constitutionally applied.”

Paul S. Ryan of the Campaign Legal Center said that if the FEC had granted the Tea Party an exemption originally given to the imperiled membership of the NAACP in the Jim Crow South, "it is difficult to imagine what political groups would not qualify for the exemption – including the Republican and Democratic National Committees.”

A few private citizens wrote in as well, including Daniel Torre, a mortgage consultant in Beavercreek, Ohio, who contended the Tea Party organization was trying to "see how far they can push the rules," and said if they could "hide their donors then anyone in the world can and will influence and buy our elections."

While two Federal Election Commission members sided with the Tea Party Leadership Fund and said its evidence of harassment was stronger than documentation provided by he Socialist Workers Party, other commission members said the situation was not the same. The FEC denied the group's request in a 3 to 2 vote.

FEC Chair Ellen L. Weintraub pointed out the Socialist organization never supported a winning candidate and had only 11 donors that gave more than the $200 disclosure requirement, so just a few names were hidden from the public.

She said the Tea Party's greater political success and its larger donor base were "an important political distinction."

"Certainly, no-one at this table wishes to condone any form of harassment for anyone who is trying to express their political views in any way," said Weintraub, noting that when allegations were raised about the IRS targeting political groups for scrutiny "there was bipartisan outrage."

The Tea Party Leadership Fund's disclosure forms show it raised more than $1 million in each of the last two election cycles, collecting several thousand dollars from Ohio residents.

The 87 members of Congress it has dubbed "Republican traitors" and promised to challenge in next year's GOP primaries include House Speaker John Boehner of West Chester, Rep. Pat Tiberi of the Columbus area and Rep. Dave Joyce of Russell Township.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: electioncommission; judicialactivism; teaparty; teapartyharassment

1 posted on 11/21/2013 6:34:29 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Well, gee, that’s a surprise....


2 posted on 11/21/2013 6:36:21 PM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
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3 posted on 11/21/2013 6:36:53 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Repeal ObamaScam NOW!!!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Sucks when the criminals are in charge ay?


4 posted on 11/21/2013 6:38:07 PM PST by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings (FL-20))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

the donors will be harassed, and audited, and audited, and audited for now and evermore. On November 4, 2008, the United States of America became a banana republic.


5 posted on 11/21/2013 6:43:36 PM PST by sport
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To: Tailgunner Joe
While two Federal Election Commission members sided with the Tea Party Leadership Fund and said its evidence of harassment was stronger than documentation provided by the Socialist Workers Party, other commission members said the situation was not the same. The FEC denied the group’s request in a 3 to 2 vote. …
True kakistocratic action there. Defend the SWP but attack constitutionalists.
6 posted on 11/21/2013 6:45:27 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The hypocrisy of the arguments for disclosure is astounding.

When subversives write the rules and rule the committees, the communists have won.


7 posted on 11/21/2013 6:48:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I believe that all donors should be disclosed, without exception. Political contributions should be unlimited, but should be posted on a publicly available website within 24 hours. Candidates, PAC, advocacy groups, non profits should all be required to report contributions. No exceptions.

Right now, only contributions to conservatives are required to be reported.


8 posted on 11/21/2013 6:53:22 PM PST by centurion316
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Our Republican leaders will be having champagne tonight.


9 posted on 11/21/2013 6:53:56 PM PST by Hans
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To: Tailgunner Joe; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

10 posted on 11/21/2013 6:57:46 PM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Hans

there are few leaders in the Republican party...the one’s you’re referring to are not leaders rather spineless weasels...


11 posted on 11/21/2013 6:58:40 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Let’s see: Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, WileE. Coyote, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, .............

Same names that appear on LIB petition lists.


12 posted on 11/21/2013 7:20:03 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Another communists takeover of our freedom. America is finished.


13 posted on 11/21/2013 7:24:52 PM PST by Logical me
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Tell the FEC where they can stick it.


14 posted on 11/21/2013 7:26:01 PM PST by onedoug
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Planned Parenthood does not have to disclose donors...


15 posted on 11/21/2013 7:29:24 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Oh my goodness!

All us Taxed Enough Already types, who value sane policy over partisan politics, are to be silenced, if we do not pay to play on, and/or join either the D or R union type teams!

Is this an official card check attempt against USA citizens by our RICO crime filled government?Or is the government class declaring war against we citizens, as potential members of a criminal conspiracy to stop their unconstitutional operations, and thus be deemed subject to RICO crimes?
Why yes, I believe it is both!

16 posted on 11/21/2013 7:46:26 PM PST by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This is part of the Democrat reelection plan for 2014 & 2016. Democrat operatives here in WI are engaged in a fishing expedition to unmask conservative donors by saying they are looking for election law violations in the recent recall Gov.Walker effort [the left’s efforts failed]. Once outed, expect leftist boycotts against business donors & private home demonstrations v. individual donors.


17 posted on 11/21/2013 7:55:28 PM PST by RicocheT (Where neither their property nor their honor is touched, most men live content, Niccolo Machiavelli)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It will be impossible to prove harassment of individuals. Their tentacles are everywhere, squeezing, squeezing.


18 posted on 11/21/2013 7:55:58 PM PST by firebrand
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To: markomalley

I guess what they should do is just make mass appeals for the candidates they support....no money collected...no names to list....of course they need seed money to do it..


19 posted on 11/21/2013 7:59:47 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Just say NO!


20 posted on 11/21/2013 8:01:05 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This after the IRS illegally gave the FEC info on the Tea Party groups.

Obama regime corrupt everywhere


21 posted on 11/21/2013 8:01:44 PM PST by RginTN
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To: exit82

bump

say NO


22 posted on 11/21/2013 8:04:01 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Bull!

Appeal!

To the TOP!


23 posted on 11/21/2013 8:08:24 PM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

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24 posted on 11/21/2013 8:17:20 PM PST by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: null and void

yeah what do they care for the Constitution???


25 posted on 11/21/2013 8:54:25 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They’re making a list
Checking it twice
Gonna find out
Who’s naughty and nice

Federal thugs are coming to town


26 posted on 11/21/2013 10:42:54 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: cherry

All they have to do is Set up a website where people can use Walmart money cards to transfer $50 per transaction.

Since you only have to report transactions above a certain level, you can donate $5,000 with 10 different money cards with $500 apiece, $50 at a time. No paper trail to follow.

Clinton did it (and got chinese money). Obama did it. It works.


27 posted on 11/21/2013 11:00:36 PM PST by Mack the knife
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To: Tailgunner Joe

tell them to go suck an egg

oh, and strangely enough, all records burned up in an unexpected warehouse fire


28 posted on 11/22/2013 12:07:17 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; All

When will Boehner step up and Impeach Oppressive Tyrant Obama?

What more evidence does Boehner need to Impeach Tyrant B. Hussein?

Maybe now that Commie Apocalypse Horseman Reid has destroyed the Senate Filibuster Rule Boehner will do his Constitutional Duty and Impeach Tyrant B. Hussein?

Is Boehner so stupid that he does not realize that he, Boehner, is the last line of defense of America as a Nation of Laws?

If Boehner refuses to Impeach Obama as a loose cannon Tyrant, will the Election of 2014 be resolved on the Battlefields of America or in the Ballot Boxes of America?

Could the Second Civil War be prevented by replacing Boehner with ‘fire-in-the-belly’ Trey Gowdy, (R. Sc.), as Speaker of the House?


29 posted on 11/22/2013 2:02:45 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The Federal Election Commission on Thursday denied the request of a prominent Tea Party organization that argued it should not have to disclose its political donors because they might face harassment from the government or the public.

More accurately: The Federal Election Commission on Thursday denied the request of a prominent Tea Party organization for the specific purpose of ensuring that its political donors would face harassment from the government and the public.

30 posted on 11/22/2013 11:26:57 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

They’ll soon be ordered to wear yellow patches.


31 posted on 11/22/2013 12:50:00 PM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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