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  • Obama broke the same law, three times, that he had anti-Obama filmmaker D’Souza arrested for

    09/29/2014 9:06:24 AM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 28, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama had anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza arrested for violating campaign finance laws, even though Obama himself had violated campaign finance laws three different times without being arrested In August 2012, Dinesh D’Souza released 2016: Obama’s America, a movie that was critical of Obama.In January 2014, D’Souza was arrested for violating campaign finance laws.In May 2014, D’Souza pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws.In September 2014, D’Souza was sentenced to live in a halfway house for eight months, pay a $30,000 fine, perform 260 days of community service, and receive counseling.However, even though Obama himself had violated...
  • Dinesh D’Souza Criminally Sentenced While John Edwards and Other Liberals Skated

    09/29/2014 6:42:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza, one of the most brilliant conservative political writers of the modern era, was sentenced by a judge last week to eight months in a halfway house and probation. He was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine within 45 days. His alleged crime? He made two contributions to a losing political campaign under the names of friends. D’Souza accepted a plea agreement admitting he used straw donors to donate $20,000 to the U.S. Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a friend of his. Federal campaign law limits contributors to U.S. Senate campaigns to $5,000 each. At first...
  • Documents: Federal Prosecutors Misled Judge in Pursuit of Prison Time For Dinesh D'Souza

    09/23/2014 4:51:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    According to court documents, federal prosecutors working on behalf of Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice misled U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman in the case against conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza during their pursuit of 10-to-16 months of prison time for a federal felony charge. In a reply sentencing memo submitted to the Court on behalf of D'Souza last week, his counsel argues federal prosecutors excluded and misrepresented the facts of “similar” cases in the Government's sentencing proposal to Judge Berman, leaving out crucial facts key to fair and equal sentencing for D’Souza compared to...
  • D’Souza Speaks Out on Sentencing: There Was ‘All-Out Attempt to Put Me Away’

    09/24/2014 7:56:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9-24-14 | Josh Feldman
    Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza spoke out tonight about his five-year probation and eight-month sentence to a community confinement center on Fox News. D’Souza told Megyn Kelly, “My faith in an independent judiciary is affirmed.” D’Souza was indicted in January for campaign finance, and pled guilty in May. D’Souza had suggested on multiple occasions that he was targeted for his criticisms of President Obama, a charge prosecutors strongly denied. D’Souza repeatedly said in his interview tonight that there’s been an “all-out attempt to put me away,” and while he didn’t directly say it was the Obama administration, he did note there’s...
  • D'Souza Sentenced to Eight Months in 'Confinement Center' Over Campaign Finance Violation

    09/23/2014 12:51:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    THR ^ | 09/23/2014 | Paul Bond
    In a decision likely to be framed by conservative media as a vindictive abuse of power, filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in a confinement center and five years probation after pleading in May that he was guilty of violating campaign finance laws. D'Souza's movies, America this year and two years earlier, 2016: Obama's America, are critical of the left — and in the case of the first one, President Barack Obama — and they are among the most successful political documentaries in history. D'Souza was indicted in January after he promised his then-fiancee and his former...
  • Is there a right to contribute to out-of-state elections?

    09/22/2014 12:25:05 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 23 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 22, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Josh Blackman links to an interesting new speech by (retired) Justice Stevens about the Court’s campaign finance jurisprudence. Among other things, Justice Stevens argues that there ought to be little protection (or no protection?) for campaign contributions made across state lines. He begins . . .: In the first sentence of his controlling opinion [in McCutcheon v. FEC] the Chief Justice correctly states that there “is no right more basic to our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.” 188 L. Ed.2d 468, 482. And in his concluding paragraph he correctly describes that right as “the...
  • Favors and Loot for Sale

    09/10/2014 6:05:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    At a July fundraising event in Chicago, Mrs. Michelle Obama remarked, "So, yeah, there's too much money in politics. There's (sic) special interests that have too much influence." Sen. John McCain has been complaining for years that "there is too much money washing around political campaigns today." According to a 2012 Reuters poll, "Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics." Let's think about money in politics, but first a few facts. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Barack Obama raised a little over $1 billion, while Mitt Romney raised a little under $1 billion. Congressional candidates...
  • Fun: Senate Dems Whine When GOP Calls Their Bluff on Show Vote

    09/09/2014 4:19:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 9, 2014 | Guy Benson
    The Politico story quoted extensively below is a gem, on several levels.  By way of background, Senate Democrats are hopping mad because Republicans have complicated their game plan to stage a series of quixotic, poll-tested, pre-election show votes.  The GOP's specific sin?  Agreeing to proceed to a debate on the first proposed measure -- which just happens to be a Constitutional Amendment imposing unprecedented new federal limits on political speech: Several Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Monday to advance a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states greater power to regulate campaign finance. But the bipartisanship ends there. Many of the Republicans only voted for the bill to foul up...
  • Harry Reid is mad that Republicans didn't obstruct his bill

    09/09/2014 12:37:22 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 59 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9-9-2014 | Ashe Schow - OP/ED
    OPINION Harry Reid is mad that Republicans didn't obstruct his bill BY ASHE SCHOW | SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 | 10:57 AM After all his complaints about Republican obstruction this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed frustration last night after Republicans helped guarantee a floor vote on a measure he supports. The Nevada Democrat has accused Senate Republicans of chicanery for voting to advance to the Senate floor a Democratic constitutional amendment allowing Congress to regulate all campaign speech and spending. After Monday's bipartisan 79-18 vote, Reid vented to reporters that Republicans were trying to "stall" the Senate, indicating that...
  • Uh, That's Possibly An Illegal In-Kind Contribution, Ms. Grimes

    08/20/2014 4:53:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    The Kentucky Senate race is going to be close, but Democrat Alsion Lundergan Grimes might have to explain an in-kind campaign contribution that could be illegal. Ms. Grimes has been traveling across the state in a 45-foot long bus, which was acquired by her father, Jerry. He’s renting it to her campaign for a fraction of the market price, which violates campaign finance laws (via Politico): Federal campaign finance law bars a campaign from receiving goods and services below the fair market value from a corporation, regardless of whether it is owned by a family member. A review of Federal Election...
  • Gary George hasn't filed federal campaign report

    07/23/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7-23-14 | Jason Stein
    More than a week after convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George was expected to disclose who is funding his longshot bid for Congress, he has still not done so. Until George files the report, voters will not find out who, if anyone, is backing his longshot bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Milwaukee Democrat. In an abrupt phone interview Wednesday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, George declined to explain himself, telling a reporter he had no time to talk and would only take questions by email. “I’ve got to go,” George said. By email, George’s campaign...
  • Shadowy Political Organizations Making Money Off Conservative Candidates

    07/21/2014 8:31:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Rachel Marsden
    You’ve seen the ads, luring you to a website if you support Col. Allen West or another conservative running for office. They’re flashy and loud and all over the Internet. But where is the money going? Many political activists find themselves frustrated at putting in long hours working unpaid on campaigns, while a few consultants at the top of the food chain are raking in disproportionately big bucks. The Center for Public Integrity, which has been investigating the spending habits of 300 super PACs and hybrid PACs, concluded, “Many of these committees operated as piggy banks for golf expenses and...
  • Realtime Federal Campaign Finance

    06/28/2014 10:24:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | June 28, 2014 | Sunlight Foundation
    Find and filter the latest electronic campaign finance filings made to the Federal Election Commission. Use the tabs below to filter and sort the type of filings showed. Only House candidates who have raised money are shown in the candidate dropdown menu. For more details, see the about page. Senate candidates do not file electronic reports.
  • The Latest Scott Walker Smear, Debunked

    06/20/2014 3:23:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6-19-14 | John Hinderaker
    Democrats are giddy over the unsealing of “secret” documents that charge Scott Walker’s recall campaign with illegal coordination with outside conservative groups. To name just a few: USA Today: “Prosecutors: Wis. Gov. Scott Walker in criminal scheme.” Associated Press: “Prosecutors: Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme.” Washington Post: “How the State of Wisconsin alleges Scott Walker aides violated the law, in 1 chart.” If you didn’t know better, you might think this is a big story, highly damaging to one of America’s most successful governors. In fact, the current frenzy merely demonstrates the laziness and bias of reporters who don’t...
  • Walking a Fine Line on Campaign Finance [McCain is deeply saddened]

    05/25/2014 10:09:29 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | May 25, 2014 | By ALBERT R. HUNT
    WASHINGTON — There are three big winners from the recent Supreme Court decisions that Senator John McCain says might “dismantle entirely” campaign finance laws: wealthy interests, greedy politicians and investigative journalists. The decisions, culminating in another loosening of restrictions last month, were crafted by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and a slim majority. They essentially contend that limitations on campaign financing impede speech and that the system profits from more money. The consequence will be record sums of cash in the midterm races this year, and for the 2016 presidential election. Wealthy individuals, corporations and unions will spend unlimited...
  • WHO BREAKS A BUTTERFLY UPON A WHEEL? The outrageous prosecution of Dinesh D’Souza

    05/23/2014 3:05:55 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 23, 2014 | By Daniel J. Flynn
    Dinesh D’Souza faces more than a year in prison for giving away his money. Guilt lies with the law and not the lawbreaker here. The conservative author pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws, which is another way of saying he opened up a lemonade stand without a license or ripped the tag off a mattress. The case stems from D’Souza’s 2012 donations through intermediaries to a friend’s senatorial campaign. Congress, made up of incumbents, has placed restrictions of dubious constitutionality on the amount individuals can legally donate to candidates. They haven’t, tellingly, placed any such limits on what they...
  • George Soros-backed group plots $40M course to win 2014 votes

    05/20/2014 11:20:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 20, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Koch brothers, move over. A group back by billionaire George Soros and other millionaires with progressive political slants are charting a course to give out nearly $40 million to various entities that can further their favored policy reforms — in 2014 alone, documents show. The documents, reported by the Washington Free Beacon, give a glimpse at the oft-guarded membership make-up of the Democracy Alliance, the umbrella network that’s funded by powerful liberals — including the noted progressive-minded Mr. Soros — to win crucial electoral battles. Within the pages obtained by the Free Beacon is the group’s core hope: to fundraise...
  • Would Democrats Amend Constitution to Stop the Koch Brothers?

    05/19/2014 3:18:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2014 | Byron York
    It's no longer news when Majority Leader Harry Reid takes to the floor of the Senate to denounce the Koch brothers. But most Americans probably don't know that Reid and many of his Democratic colleagues now want to amend the U.S. Constitution in far-reaching ways to put an end to the conservative billionaires' political influence. "The shadowy Koch brothers are attempting ... a hostile takeover of American democracy," Reid charged recently. "No one should be able to pump unlimited funds into a political campaign." Reid urged his fellow lawmakers to support a proposed constitutional amendment, written by Democratic Sen. Tom...
  • Dark Money Dilemma Liberals decry ‘dark money’ in politics despite left’s reliance on the same

    05/01/2014 6:22:39 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 19 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 30 2014 | Daniel Wiser
    Liberal senators and Obama appointees on Wednesday decried the influence of anonymous campaign donations in American politics while citing data from organizations that accept anonymous donations. Sen. Angus King (I., Maine) said in an opening statement before a Senate Rules Committee hearing that so-called “dark money” is a “systemic issue that threatens all of us and our very democracy.” King cited data from the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and the Wesleyan Media Project to note that spending by groups that do not disclose their donors is nearly four times higher than it was at this time in 2012. However,...
  • Senate Dems vow vote to change Constitution, block campaign funding

    04/30/2014 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | by Stephen Dinan
    Senate Democrats said Wednesday that the Supreme Court has stretched the First Amendment too far when it comes to campaign finances, and vowed to hold a vote to amend the Constitution and undo a number of landmark decisions. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat and chairman of the Rules Committee, said he will push a constitutional amendment to the full floor later this year that would give Congress the power to impose strict limits on campaign finance. “It will draw to a fine point where we are at — and that is, the First Amendment is sacred, but that...
  • Lifting the Lid on Campaign Contributions

    04/06/2014 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The Supreme Court decision killing limits on total donations to political candidates means billionaires will be running amok. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson can lay out astronomical sums to help Republicans. Oilmen Charles and David Koch can see him and raise him. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg can burn through his fortune like a blowtorch. Oh, wait. They already did all that. Under this ruling, tycoons will have one more relatively modest way of supporting the candidates and causes they like. But trust me: You won't be able to see a difference. Adelson went through some $100 million in 2012,...
  • Get Thee Behind Me, Satan -- But First, Write a Check

    04/06/2014 11:21:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    After the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision Wednesday that threw out a cap on the total amount wealthy donors can give to federal candidates in an election season, Democrats and self-proclaimed do-gooders cried foul at the prospect of more big money's tainting Washington politics. Federal law continues to cap individual contributions to congressional candidates at $5,200, but the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision eliminated the $48,600 cap on the total individuals can contribute to candidates and the $74,600 cap on donations to political committees. An online New York Times story announced, "The ruling, issued near the start...
  • Another Election Problem in Search of a Solution

    04/04/2014 7:14:46 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 4, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When you have a problem, you look for a solution. Whether you’re an engineer, a teacher, a scientist, or a cook, the goal is to solve an identified problem. The field of politics works the same way; the main challenge is that different sides have such different views of not only what the right solution is, but also of what the problems are. Campaign Finance laws – which have always existed, but were turbocharged in the mid-1970s through the Federal Election Campaign Act and its successors – are written to deal with one simple problem: there’s too much money in...
  • Power Surge for Donors as Terrain Is Reshaped on Campaign Money

    04/03/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    Big donors, leaders of political parties and candidates with access to wealthy supporters will be the biggest beneficiaries of the Supreme Court decision issued on Wednesday, a ruling that could fundamentally reshape the political terrain in the 2014 elections and beyond. Election experts predicted a surge of new money into congressional campaigns and political parties, expanding the world of high-dollar fund-raising now dominated by “super PACs” and big-spending political nonprofit groups. The decision effectively eradicates a significant campaign finance restriction brought about in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, the cap on the total amount any one person can give...
  • Is Democracy Dead after Supreme Court Strikes Down Political Contribution Limits?

    04/03/2014 10:18:15 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 25 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    From some of the headlines and commentaries that I've been reading, you would think that America has finally fallen and collapsed into a pit of eternal darkness. The culprit is the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down political contribution limits. In a the now normal 5-4 split, the SCOTUS decided that limiting the number of candidates that a citizen can donate to during a campaign was unconstitutional. This limitation was put in place back in 1971, and has been tweaked a few times, notably the McCain-Feingold legislation. So will chaos now rule supreme as we're forced to bow to...
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Limit on Number of Political Contributions

    04/02/2014 9:16:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 19 replies
    Madison Center (received via email) ^ | April 2, 2014 | By James Bopp, Jr.
    PRESS RELEASE April 2, 2014 Contact: James Bopp, Jr. Cell Phone 812/243-0825; Phone 812/232-2434; Fax 812/235-3685; jboppjr@aol.com Supreme Court Strikes Limit on Number of Political Contributions Today, the U.S. Supreme struck down federal “aggregate limits” on how much an individual may spend on otherwise legal contributions in a two-year election cycle to federal candidates, political parties, and political action committees (“PACs”). The case is McCutcheon v. FEC. For example, though an individual may legally give $5,200 to each candidate in a two year election cycle, the aggregate limit restricts his total contributions to candidates to $48,600. Thus, an individual may...
  • Campaign Finance Law Enables IRS Harassment of Conservatives

    02/16/2014 9:49:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Feb 2014 | John Semmens
    The impetus behind the passage of federal laws to regulate contributions to political campaigns was the idea that this would prevent the surreptitious influence of big money in elections. By requiring donors identities to be disclosed to the Federal Elections Commission voters would be able to find out who was backing a candidate or a cause. That the government might use this information to punish dissent was overlooked. Anonymity has long been a method by which persons critical of the government have protected themselves from retaliation. Pamphleteers of the American Revolutionary Era often used pseudonyms for this purpose. The failure...
  • Dershowitz, Law Enforcement Experts Slam D'Souza Targeting

    02/04/2014 8:27:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 29 Jan 2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey and John Gizzi
    Even if allegations made against conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza in a federal indictment on campaign finance violations prove to be true, legal experts and former federal regulatory authorities tell Newsmax that the government's handling of the case has been unusual.
  • Wisconsin Political Speech Victory

    01/11/2014 5:11:42 PM PST · by adingdangdoo · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal (opinion) ^ | January 10, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal
    Chalk up a big victory for the First Amendment. On Friday a Wisconsin judge struck a major blow for free political speech when he quashed subpoenas to conservative groups and ordered the return of property to the targets of a so-called John Doe campaign-finance probe. John Doe probes operate much like grand juries, allowing prosecutors to issue subpoenas and conduct searches while gag orders require the targets to keep quiet. We wrote about the kitchen-sink subpoenas...
  • Republicans Are Overwhelmed By A Sea of Democratic Cash

    12/29/2013 9:22:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 29, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune investigates independent political spending over the last few election cycles. The results are stark, but won’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention: A Star Tribune analysis of ­campaign finance records found that just three dozen individuals or entities have contributed more than $27 million to political action and independent expenditure committees over the past three election cycles. The analysis shows those donations heavily favored Democrats. Unless that trend is reversed, Republicans could find themselves at a disadvantage heading into the 2014 elections…. No kidding. One union — the powerful ­Education Minnesota teachers union — poured...
  • Set Campaign Finance Free

    10/13/2013 9:15:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2013 | Kathryn Ciano
    The First Amendment protects assembly, speech and the resources that make speech possible. Yet the rules governing political speech in the United States are fraught with limits, red tape and restrictions so complex that the average person is deterred or unable to engage in the process. The Supreme Court has long recognized that limits on campaign contributions infringe on First Amendment rights. This week, the court is considering whether there is a compelling government interest in limiting the size of political contributions that justifies those intrusions on the right to free speech. On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court heard oral...
  • Campaign Finance “Reform” Exposed Once Again

    08/20/2013 5:45:28 AM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 5 replies
    Capital Research Foundation ^ | 8-5-13 | Fed Lucas
    Campaign finance “reform,” long a hobby horse of left-wing foundations, is back in the news, thanks to a top staffer at the nonprofit Public Campaign (PC). The group recently gained unwanted news coverage when its senior program advisor, Susan ...
  • Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe [Funded DNC, 0, and Hillary!]

    10/17/2009 8:11:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies · 1,516+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | October 17th 2009
    OCTOBER 17, 2009 Rajaratnam Surfaced in U.S. Terrorism Probe By EVAN PEREZ and MATTHEW ROSENBERG WASHINGTON—The hedge-fund billionaire charged as part of a vast insider-trading case surfaced in an earlier, separate probe into U.S. fundraising by a Sri Lankan terrorist group, people familiar with the probe said. As part of that investigation, federal agents said they uncovered documents showing that Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group, was among several wealthy Sri Lankans in the U.S. whose donations to a Maryland-based charity made their way to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, according to people familiar with the probe. Raj...
  • Citizens United Revisited

    11/20/2012 6:43:58 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 1 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/20/12 | Mike Fields
    Now that the first major election post-Citizens United has passed I thought it would be worth opening the floor to some discussion of everybody’s view on whether Citizens United was a good decision both as constitutional law and in practical application during the election. I wrote a piece for Political Realities before the decision was issued that was very critical of the decision by the Court to rehear the case a second time. John Roberts asked both sides to prepare to address questions that vastly expanded the scope of the case. Roberts was well known for an earlier comment concerning...
  • RNC up $83 million, DNC taking out loans

    10/20/2012 9:24:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 20, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    What a difference two years makes! In the 2010 midterm elections, the Republican National Committee failed to capitalize on grassroots anger with effective fundraising, leaving them in the hole when a party needs to fund get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts most. Only the intervention of outside groups saved Republicans from blowing a historic shot. The Democratic National Committee was relatively flush with cash — which didn’t stop Democrats from getting pounded in the midterms, but may have limited their losses, especially in the Senate. Two years later, the RNC and DNC have changed positions — and this time, the DNC won’t be...
  • Report: Obama Campaign Soliciting Foreign Donations (Again)

    10/08/2012 9:03:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | October 8, 2012 | Bryan Preston
    The Government Accountability Institute released a blockbuster study today on the issue of foreign donations in American politics, and in particular, the Obama campaign. The study determined three key findings: The absence of the industry-standard CVV and unknown use of AVS anti-fraud security for online credit card donations. The presence of a branded, major third-party owned website (Obama.com) redirects its 68% foreign traffic to a campaign donation page. Active foreign solicition using indiscriminate email solicitations and exposure to social media. The branded site, Obama.com, was created in Shanghai, China, by an Obama bundler, but its present registration information is hidden....
  • Report: Obama.com solicits foreign contributions for prez

    10/08/2012 8:56:44 AM PDT · by Snuph · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 8, 2012 |
    -- Obama Campaign Lacks the Industry-Standard Level Of Credit Card Security For Donations, But Uses It For Merchandise Purchases: To purchase Obama campaign merchandise, the campaign requires buyers to enter their credit card CVV security code, but does not require the credit card security code to be entered when making an online campaign donation. By GAI's estimates, the Obama campaign's failure to utilize industry-standard protections potentially costs the campaign millions in extra processing fees.
  • Thanks to Team Obama's Reckless 'Felon' Accusations, Tony Rezko Issue NOW IN PLAY

    07/15/2012 12:01:41 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 23 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | July 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    How 'bout a little refresher re. Obama political Godfather  and actual (16-count!) convicted felon Tony Rezko...? The Syrian-born Rezko is an infamous Chicago slumlord, fast-food restauranteur, and sleazy political operator who played a key role in the Blagojevich case- as well as the unlikley ascension to power of Barrack Hussein Obama.Obama's longtime ally, friend, and top fundraiser was found guilty of 16/24 counts of felony influence peddling back in June 2008. Of course the story was mostly buried/detached from his bud Barry in the run-up to that year's most unfortunate (for us) presidential election whilst the jury convicted Rezko of wire...
  • THOUGH ILLEGAL, OBAMA APPEARS TO SOLICIT SUPER PAC MONEY AT JAY-Z FUNDRAISER

    09/19/2012 1:16:53 PM PDT · by KansasGirl · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/19/12 | John Nolte
    If our corrupt media believe a Republican said something inappropriate at a fundraiser about the 47% of the American people the rest of us carry, the corrupt media attempt to destroy his campaign over it. However, if a sitting president appears to openly and brazenly break the laws surrounding the solicitation of super PAC money, this very same media dutifully report but refuse to talk about it: Speaking at a fundraiser hosted by the famous rapper and singer couple Jay-Z and Beyonce, President Barack Obama made comments, seemingly in jest, asking guests to help out his campaign against Republican nominee Mitt...
  • Former Missouri Gov. Wilson sentenced to probation

    07/09/2012 1:01:30 PM PDT · by Clintons Are White Trash · 5 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 7/9/2012 | Robert Patrick
    After a lengthy investigation, Wilson was indicted in April on a misdemeanor insurance charge for laundering a total $8,000 in campaign contributions from Missouri Employers Mutual Co., a state-created workers' compensation company based in Columbia, to the Missouri Democratic Party through a St. Louis law firm, Herzog Crebs. Former Herzog Crebs partner Ed Griesedieck III was also indicted.
  • Clooney to raise money for Obama in Geneva (One-percenters shell out $30K)

    06/29/2012 3:08:10 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/12
    Clooney to raise money for Obama in GenevaPublished June 29, 2012 Associated Press Actor George Clooney is offering more help to President Obama's re-election campaign by headlining a European fundraiser this summer for Americans living abroad. An invitation posted on Obama's campaign website says Clooney will be the special guest at an Obama fundraiser in Geneva, Switzerland, on Aug. 27. Tickets start at $1,000 per person, and dinner for two costs a cool $30,000.
  • Liberal Hypocrisy a Sign of the "Times"

    06/28/2012 5:58:09 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette
    The Aspen Times ^ | June 28, 2012 | Charlie Leonard
    What a difference four years make. Around this time in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama was well on his way to shattering every campaign fundraising record on the books. Before his campaign was over, the great reformer from Chicago decided public campaign financing wasn't so great after all — and he passed it up in favor of accepting almost three-quarters of a billion dollars in contributions. But for a handful of muted good-government voices, the entire political left celebrated Obama's fundraising as proof of his extraordinary support and mass appeal. When it was over, the president-elect outspent his political opponent, John...
  • America Needs More Adelson and Less McCain

    06/27/2012 5:39:17 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 1 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6-27-2012 | C. Edmund Wright
    I realize that the Jurassic media would have us believe that John McCain is a bipartisan saint -- the kind of reasonable Republican we need -- and that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is just another partisan devil incarnate. Frankly, however, a case can be made that America would be a country with a smaller government and fewer restrictions on liberty and speech if we had more Sheldon Adelsons and fewer John McCains. Which is to say a better America, in fact.
  • Supreme Court Strikes Corporate Campaign Spending Limits. Will Texas Law Change? Good for Tom Delay?

    06/25/2012 10:08:47 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 2 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 6/25/2012 | David Bellow
    Will Texas Have to Change Its Campaign Spending Law? Will Tom Delay have his Conviction Overturned? According to the AP, the Supreme Court today has (again) ruled that corporations have the right to spend freely to advocate for or against candidates for state and local offices. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending, but this case will have a ripple effect on all other states. Texas is a state that does not allow corporations to spend money in Texas state and local election. In fact, former Speaker of the united States House of Representatives, Tom Delay,...
  • Anonymous Donor Agrees To Cover Costs For Obama Campaign Stop In NH

    06/24/2012 7:59:20 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | June 24, 2012 6:22 PM | Doug Cope
    DURHAM, N.H. (CBS) – An anonymous donor has agreed to pay a New Hampshire town’s extra security costs for President Barack Obama’s visit on Monday. Durham officials say they didn’t mean to raise a ruckus, but they didn’t have the money budgeted for police, fire and EMS services needed for President Obama’s visit, and the Obama for America campaign said they wouldn’t pay. “Some people are very positive about the position that the town has taken to date, and others have been very critical. Some have expressed it as being ‘un-American’ the position we have taken, others feel it is...
  • Union demands credit card numbers from members

    06/21/2012 5:51:05 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 6-20-12 | Joel Gehrke
    One school employee union in Michigan is demanding that members turn over bank account and credit card information so that the union can automatically claim monthly dues after the state voted to stop deducting the money on behalf of the union. “Debbie Bence, president of the Plymouth-Canton Cafeteria Association, sent a letter to her union members on June 4 stating that the dues had to be paid as a condition of employment,” the Capitol Confidential (Mich.) reports. Members can also pay dues in full at the beginning of the year. Her demand came after the Michigan Supreme Court found that...
  • Obama raised most from private equity, hedge funds in 2008

    05/22/2012 7:59:16 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 3 replies
    Obama raised most from private equity, hedge funds in 2008 By Jonathan Easley - 05/22/12 09:52 AM ET President Obama raised far more cash from hedge fund and private equity donors than any other candidate in the 2008 election cycle. According to an analysis by the nonprofit group Open Secrets, Obama took in nearly $3.5 million from large private-equity donors that year — nearly twice what his general-election rival, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), pocketed. The data bring into focus the thin line Obama must walk in attacking presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s background in the industry, which has sparked...
  • Sen. McCain huddles with Democrats on new campaign finance reform proposal

    05/16/2012 12:26:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain is talking with Democrats about a joint effort to require outside groups that have spent millions of dollars on this year’s elections to disclose their donors. McCain (R-Ariz.), once Congress’s leading champion of campaign finance reform, has kept a low profile on the issue in recent years. He raised the ire of many Republicans a decade ago for pushing comprehensive reform, and many Republicans still held it against him during his 2008 presidential campaign.
  • John Edwards Defense Relies on Definition of (the word) 'The'

    05/14/2012 8:12:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 14, 2012 | James Hill and Beth Loyd
    Not since Bill Clinton challenged the definition of "is" has so much hinged on a very short word. John Edwards appears to basing much of his defense, which begins today in a North Carolina courtroom, on the legal interpretation of the word "the." Edwards has listened to three weeks of testimony meant to prove that he violated federal campaign finance laws by using nearly $1million in donations to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy during his bid for the 2008 presidential election and in the months after he dropped out -- but was still angling to be vice...