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  • Michelle Obama Given PBS Show After Democrats Gave Broadcaster $75 Million in Coronavirus Relief

    04/18/2020 8:06:36 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 50 replies
    TGP ^ | April 18, 2020
    Former First Lady Michelle Obama has been given a show by PBS starting next week, the taxpayer funded network announced Friday. The timing of the announcement comes after Democrats marked $75 million for PBS’s parent the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the coronavirus relief bill that passed at the end of March. Newsbusters reported the $75 million is on top of the $465 million given CPB in the current year’s federal budget, which is an increase of $20 million over the previous year.
  • Campaign-Finance Laws Created Candidate Bloomberg They don’t level the field; they tilt it to the advantage of billionaires, especially if they own media firms.

    02/24/2020 5:30:39 PM PST · by karpov · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 24, 2020 | Bradley A. Smith and John R. Lott Jr.
    House Democrats held a panicked hearing this month about how to respond to the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which upheld the right of corporations to spend in elections. Their concern was the undue influence corporate spending might have on the coming elections. In the entire 2016 campaign cycle, corporations spent less than $300 million on federal races, less than 5% of total spending. Meanwhile, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already spent more than $360 million on cable, broadcast and radio advertisements since declaring his candidacy in mid-November. That doesn’t include Mr....
  • Sanders Illegal Campaign Contributions

    02/19/2020 11:49:41 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 14 replies
    Federal Election Committee ^ | 2/19/20 | Self (Vanity)
    "Services are valued at prevailing commercial rate" Sanders packs venues because he has major corporate entertainers play for free. See for example: "Move Over Coachella, Bernie Sanders' Caucus Rally Is The Hottest Line Up This Season"
  • $375,000 salaries, furnished housing and a lot of sushi: Inside Bloomberg’s spending spree

    01/31/2020 5:37:24 PM PST · by conservative98 · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/31/2020 07:02 PM EST | SALLY GOLDENBERG and CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO
    A record-shattering tab for TV ads, $12 million for a self-created tech firm to rival Donald Trump’s digital operation and nearly $250,000 on swank office furniture for his sprawling Manhattan headquarters — that was just a fraction of Mike Bloomberg’s budget for the first five weeks of his young, self-funded presidential campaign. Bloomberg’s top two campaign lieutenants, chair Patti Harris and manager Kevin Sheekey, are on track to earn annual salaries of $375,000, according to a campaign aide. And that doesn’t account for the vintage Bloomberg staff bonuses, which totaled $1.5 million the year of his 2005 mayoral race alone....
  • Michael Bloomberg Isn’t Really Running For President, And That Should Worry You

    01/29/2020 10:52:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    The Federalist, ^ | January 29, 2020 | Christopher Bedford
    The staff, the ad spending, the campaigning -- Michael Bloomberg was going to do all of this to defeat President Donald Trump already. Doing it as a 'candidate' excempts him from limits on PACs and political donations. There is very good reason to believe Michael Bloomberg isn’t actually running for president.Of course, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary. For one, he declared he is. He’s also hired more than 1,000 staff and is still expanding, offering salaries far above campaign averages. This week, he became the first of the declared candidates to have campaigned in all 14 states...
  • Democrats introduce Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United

    Senate Democrats introduced a constitutional amendment on Tuesday to undo the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision. A group of Democrats, led by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and progressive activists rallied outside the Supreme Court to unveil the amendment, which faces an unlikely path to being ratified. "Few decisions in the 200 and some odd years of this republic have threatened our democracy like Citizens United. People say they want to get rid of the swamp. Citizens United is the embodiment of the swamp," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at the rally. Schumer added that "overturning Citizens United...
  • Happy Anniversary to Citizens United

    01/24/2020 5:03:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | January 24, 2020 | David Harsanyi
    Ten years ago, the Supreme Court overturned portions of a federal law that empowered government to dictate how Americans who were not connected to any candidates and political parties could practice their inherent right of free expression. It was one of the greatest free speech decisions in American history. The case of Citizens United revolved around state efforts to ban a conservative nonprofit group from showing a critical documentary it produced of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton right before the 2008 Democratic primary elections. At the time, the McCain-Feingold Act made it illegal for corporations and labor unions to engage in...
  • Michael Bloomberg Is Open to Spending $1 Billion to Defeat Trump

    01/11/2020 4:19:10 PM PST · by karpov · 107 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 11, 2020 | Lisa Lerer
    SAN MARCOS, Texas — Michael R. Bloomberg on Saturday did not rule out spending a billion dollars of his own money on the 2020 presidential race, even if he does not win the Democratic nomination, and said he would mobilize his well-financed political operation to help Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren win in November if either is the party nominee, despite their sharp policy differences. Mr. Bloomberg’s plans would effectively create a shadow campaign operation for the general election, complete with hundreds of organizers in key battleground states and a robust digital operation, ready to be inherited by the party...
  • 'Cancel Culture' Candidates Don't Make the Cut in Democratic Primary

    01/05/2020 5:23:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 5, 2020 | Debra J. Saunders
    WASHINGTON -- Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Thursday that he was bowing out of the 2020 Democratic primary. The only reason to notice or care is that Castro was one of the more shrill candidates, so it's good that he never found purchase in the crowded field and hence had to "suspend" his campaign. Like Kamala Harris, the California Democratic senator who dropped out in December, Castro has been part of the left's "cancel culture" that seeks to silence those with differing views rather than to debate in the marketplace of ideas. Harris tried to stand...
  • Inside the Biggest 2020 Advertising War (of Michael Bloomberg) Against Trump

    12/29/2019 1:59:53 PM PST · by karpov · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 29, 2019 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Michael R. Bloomberg is trying — his way — spending millions each week in an online advertising onslaught that is guided by polling and data that he and his advisers believe provide unique insight into the president’s vulnerabilities. The effort, which is targeting seven battleground states where polls show Mr. Trump is likely to be competitive in November, is just one piece of an advertising campaign that is unrivaled in scope and scale. On Facebook and Google alone, where Mr. Bloomberg is most focused on attacking the president, he has spent $18 million on ads over the last month, according...
  • Biden Discloses List of Top Donors Including 8 Former US Ambassadors

    12/28/2019 4:29:34 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | December 28, 2019 Updated: December 28, 2019 | ALLEN ZHONG
    Former Vice President Joe Biden released a list of donors who have raised at least $25,000 for his 2020 presidential campaign, including eight former U.S. ambassadors that served either under the Obama or Clinton administration. The long list of donors includes former U.S. Ambassadors to Belgium Denise Bauer and Alan Blinken, former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner, former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa Mark Gilbert, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania Mark Gitenstein, former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, and former Ambassador to Spain and Andorra James...
  • We Three Kings of America Are: Soros, Steyer, and Bloomberg

    12/18/2019 8:48:06 AM PST · by Jack Black · 9 replies
    American Greatness ^ | Dec 17, 2019 | Edward Ring
    This Christmas season, decorate your trees and hang your stockings, and know that three kings come again, bearing gifts. But this time, 2,020 years later, these three kings bear gifts not for the baby Jesus, but for the Democratic Party. The biggest lie in American politics today is that Republicans are the party of the wealthy elite, and the Democrats are fighting for the little guy. While corporate political spending is split roughly down the middle between Democrats and Republicans, in all other categories the Democrats are way in front. Labor unions, which collect and spend at least $14 billion...
  • GOP ex-lawmaker demands IRS audit of liberal ‘charities,’ including Planned Parenthood

    09/26/2019 7:37:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 25, 2019 | Calvin Freiburger
    September 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A former member of Congress is calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to audit several left-wing activist groups over their charity arms’ association with a progressive organization he claims is “weaponizing” charitable giving for political purposes. This week, former rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) spoke to Bill Bennett, former education secretary and Fox Nation host, about concerns he detailed earlier this month in a Fox News op-ed about Grassroots Campaigns, a for-profit “progressive” voter canvassing organization that has worked with Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)....
  • Ilhan Omar’s alleged affair with consultant sparks calls for ethics probe

    08/29/2019 6:38:11 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 35 replies
    NY Post ^ | 28/8/19 | Ebony Bowden, Marisa Schultz, Julia Marsh, Nikki Schwab and Aaron Feis
    MINNEAPOLIS — Rep. Ilhan Omar’s soap-opera love life threatened to become more of a political thriller Wednesday as watchdog groups questioned whether her alleged affair with a married member of her paid political-consulting team constituted an ethics violation. “It looks like on the surface that she used campaign finance funds to benefit her paramour,” said Tom Fitton, head of conservative oversight group Judicial Watch, which last month asked the House Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate unsubstantiated claims that Omar (D – Minn.) married her brother to get him a green card. “The new reporting is additional reason for an...
  • Morning Joe Rips Alabama GOP Resolution on Ilhan Omar, Ignores Her Latest Controversies

    08/28/2019 7:36:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In the shameless shambles that is Morning Joe, they can report on Ilhan Omar -- but only the parts where they think Republicans look ridiculous. On today's show, Joe Scarborough, with an assist from Eugene Scott of the Washington Post, whom the paper's official bio describes as a "reporter covering identity politics," criticized the Alabama Republican Party for adopting a resolution calling for the expulsion of Omar from Congress. Scarborough approvingly cited Omar's tweet in response to the resolution, in which she mockingly noted the 2016 Senate nomination of Roy Moore. Scarborough also quoted Scott to the effect that the...
  • Prosecutors unlikely to charge Trump Org executives, sources say

    07/12/2019 3:52:12 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 33 replies
    A federal investigation into whether Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws appears to be wrapping up without charges being filed, according to people familiar with the matter. For months, federal prosecutors in New York have examined whether company officials broke the law, including in their effort to reimburse Michael Cohen for hush-money payments he made to women alleging affairs with his former boss, President Donald Trump. In recent weeks, however, their investigation has quieted, the people familiar with the inquiry said, and prosecutors now don't appear poised to charge any Trump Organization executives in the probe that stemmed from the...
  • 'This was a steal': Campaign real estate deal that 'thrilled' Trump could be illegal

    05/21/2019 7:13:45 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2019
    President Trump was “thrilled” that his campaign acquired Northern Virginia office space at “bargain basement” rates, a campaign official told the Washington Examiner in an interview in the plush 14th floor offices overlooking the Potomac River from Arlington, Va. But campaign finance specialists say the "steal" could violate election law, which views below-market rates for rent as an illegal in-kind campaign donation. The deal was presented as a story of real estate prowess that was a fitting reflection of the man who authored The Art of the Deal. Campaign manager Brad Parscale took advantage of a long-term lease inked in...
  • Maxine Waters Paid Daughter $50K from Campaign Funds for Accrued Debt

    05/11/2019 3:35:21 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 31 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 05-11-2019 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) paid $50,000 from her campaign's coffers to her daughter in recent months to chip away at six figures of accrued debt for an operation that pulls in large sums of money for the congresswoman's campaign committee, Federal Election Commission filings show. Rep. Waters's committee disbursed two payments to her daughter, Karen, in the amounts of $42,000 and $8,000 during the first quarter, which runs from Jan. 1 to March 31. The $50,000 in payments were made to Karen for running a slate mailer, or endorsement mailer, operation from the campaign and were the most paid...
  • The Democrats’ Imaginary Crime Committed By Don Jr. Has One Problem: The Law

    05/04/2019 9:18:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | May 4, 2019 | Haarmeet Dhillon
    When the “Russia collusion” scam failed so miserably as a means to take down this administration, liberal politicians and their media cronies got creative, coming up with ever more strained legal theories to justify their harassment of President Trump. The latest iteration is their effort to twist campaign finance laws to fit new, imagined crimes.A prime example of this wishful thinking is the attack on Donald Trump, Jr. over the infamous “Trump Tower Meeting.” Recall that a British publicist emailed Don Jr. in 2016, saying he would be meeting with some Russian citizens, and that Russian prosecutors possibly had “information...
  • Oof: Ocasio-Cortez “Lightning Round” On Campaign-Finance Issues Gets Grounded Quickly

    02/08/2019 12:48:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    Sometimes people just think themselves cleverer than they are. Twitchy highlights this leftover from yesterday involving the most prominent House Democrat grandstander in a House Oversight Committee hearing. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played a “corruption game” with a panel of ethics experts that ignores basic civics and, as one witness later noted, the actual facts of campaign finance.But AOC’s supporters were certainly stoked about the first “lightning round” of game: Oh my god. This is just sensational. Please watch and retweet.— James Corden (@JKCorden) February 7, 2019 “Let’s play a lightning round game,” Ocasio-Cortez began. “I’m gonna be the...