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  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 4:22:04 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 61 replies
    AP ^ | 6/24/2016
    The AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show...
  • Trump’s deal with the RNC shows how big money is flowing back to the parties

    05/18/2016 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2016 | Matea Gold
    The deal Donald Trump struck with the Republican National Committee this week that allows wealthy supporters to give nearly $500,000 to finance his campaign and get-out-the-vote activities made it official: The parties are back in the big-money business. Fourteen years after a landmark campaign-finance overhaul clamped down on the flow of unregulated money to party coffers, both Republicans and Democrats are raising huge contributions again with gusto. Supporters of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton can rack up even higher totals because of her decision to launch a 32-state joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee last fall. Between that fund...
  • US Rep. Chaka Fattah's corruption trial set to begin

    05/15/2016 9:57:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 12:50 AM EDT
    Opening statements are expected Monday in the federal corruption trial of a veteran Pennsylvania congressman. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is accused of accepting bribes and misusing campaign funds and federal grants to enrich his family and friends. An indictment alleges the 59-year-old Fattah took an illegal $1 million campaign loan for his failed 2007 mayoral campaign and misused federal funds to pay it back. …
  • De Blasio Team Violated Campaign Finance Laws, Report Says

    04/23/2016 3:23:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2016 | WILLIAM NEUMAN and JESSE McKINLEY
    An investigation by the New York State Board of Elections found evidence of flagrant violations of campaign finance law by a team of people that Mayor Bill de Blasio created to raise money for Democrats running for the State Senate in 2014, according to a confidential board report. The board sent the report to Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, three months ago, prompting a criminal investigation into the fund-raising. The mayor’s Senate effort, which failed in its goal to wrest the legislative body from Republican control, has proved damaging to him in multiple ways. Democrats remained in...
  • The Left Isn't Against All Money in Politics--Just the Opposition's

    04/21/2016 5:03:48 AM PDT · by Benny Huang · 10 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | April 21, 2016 | Benny Huang
    Four hundred protesters associated with the Democracy Spring movement were arrested in Washington, DC last week after demonstrators descended upon the US Capitol. They spoke out against money in politics, the Koch brothers, and the Citizens United ruling that overturned key provisions of campaign finance law. The demonstration was clearly a statement against corporate influence in politics. The protesters aren't entirely wrong. Yes, political influence is unequally distributed because money begets power and vice versa. A guy who changes oil for a living doesn't have as much pull as a guy who owns an oil company. But what can be...
  • Marco Rubio’s secret (money) legacy

    03/31/2016 1:14:29 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 28 March 2016 5:19am EDT | Shane Goldmacher
    Marco Rubio’s campaign is dead. His secret-money legacy lives on. Nobody knows who funded the nonprofit group that spent more than $10 million on TV ads boosting Rubio, and untold more on mailers and research. And, unless those donors out themselves, nobody ever will. No presidential candidate fighting for their party’s nomination has ever benefited from as much undisclosed cash, and watchdogs worry the pro-Rubio group’s unchecked activity serves as a dangerous precedent that will soon become common practice. “It is now the model for a how a candidate can inject unlimited, secret, corrupting money into their campaigns to benefit...
  • Gingrich says Mozilla ousting just the 'most open, blatant example of the new fascism'

    04/07/2014 11:16:41 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 50 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | April 7, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    Newt Gingrich laid it out perfectly on Sunday. The forced ouster of Mozilla co-founder and CEO Brendan Eich this week was a sign of the "new fascism" of liberalism that's sweeping American life. "People need to realize, if you're a young faculty member, in a lot of places if you're a young member of a news department and you have the wrong views – meaning conservative – you have no career," Gingrich said on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." "This is just the most open and blatant example of the new fascism, which says, 'if you don't agree with us...
  • Dead broke candidate thinks $150K donation is "not very much money"

    02/06/2016 3:41:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 6, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    When running a campaign where your base wants to hear about how you will eat the rich and put the 1% in their proper place, the wealthy truly have to learn to tread carefully. With that in mind, somebody over at Hillary Headquarters might want to suggest that when the subject of money comes up during interviews or debates, their candidate should just pretend she has a foot cramp and change the subject. It seems that every time Hillary Clinton opens her mouth on the subject of cash lately, her foot winds up halfway down her throat. When she was...
  • What Bernie Sanders misses about the rise in campaign cash

    01/21/2016 10:04:57 AM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 20, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks that millionaires and billionaries buy elections. He hammered away during Sunday’s Democratic debate, complaining about people “pouring unbelievable sums of money into the political process.” According to estimates made by the Center for Responsive Politics, $3.77 billion was spent on elections for federal office during the 2014 midterms. Sanders blames this on the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, prohibiting the government from restricting independent political spending by unions, corporations and advocacy groups. But the growth rate in campaign spending long predates that case, and has actually slowed down since that decision....
  • Rep. Israel: I’m leaving Congress because of fundraising

    01/17/2016 1:24:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2016, 06:00 am | Peter Sullivan
    Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) says the demands of fundraising helped drive him to retirement, and he is pushing for campaign finance reform. Israel, a prominent House Democrat who once headed up the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, announced earlier this month that he will not run for reelection. ...
  • With Walker’s signature, the GAB is dead (WI)

    12/16/2015 3:09:03 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 12-16-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 305 of 305 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wis. - Ding dong, the witch-hunter is dead. More than a month after the Republican-led Legislature passed a bill dismantling the state Government Accountability Board, Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday finally signed the bill into law - with a partial veto. The bill's supporters, including conservatives targeted by the GAB and Milwaukee County prosecutors in the unconstitutional and politically driven John Doe probe, rejoiced while the left prophesied biblical-proportion campaign finance and election law disasters. "Reform to this broken agency was long overdue and I'm proud of today's accomplishment,"...
  • Attorney General: John Chisholm broke campaign finance law

    12/10/2015 9:06:21 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 12-10-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. - Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, the Democrat who launched Wisconsin’s politically driven John Doe investigation into conservatives, appears to have broken state campaign finance law, according to state Attorney General Brad Schimel. "...(I)t does appear on its face that two maximum contributions were received (by Chisholm's campaign) from the same individual in the same election cycle," Schimel told Wisconsin Watchdog Thursday. Chisholm did not return a call seeking comment. He has not returned any calls from Watchdog. As Wisconsin Watchdog exclusively reported this week, Chisholm's campaign accepted donations in excess of single-contributor limits during the same...
  • Attorney General: End John Doe case now (WI)

    12/09/2015 5:07:09 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 12-9-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. - Calling a politically driven investigation into conservatives a "long, unfortunate chapter in Wisconsin’s history," state Attorney General Brad Schimel on Tuesday released a statement reiterating what the state Supreme Court definitively declared last week: The dark John Doe is dead and buried. "The courts have unequivocally rejected the John Doe investigation, both in the manner in which it was carried out, as well as the legal arguments brought by the prosecutors. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has now ordered that the property seized be returned," Schimel, a Republican, wrote. "For everyone involved, the special prosecutor should end the...
  • Did DA who launched political John Doe probe break campaign finance laws?

    12/09/2015 4:48:14 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 12-8-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE. - The Milwaukee Democrat who launched Wisconsin's notorious John Doe investigation into conservatives on allegations of illegal coordination appears to have broken state campaign finance laws. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm accepted donations in excess of single contributor limits, and failed to disclose who provided his campaign with a $38,000 loan, according to an amended petition asking Gov. Scott Walker to remove the district attorney from office. The diverse coalition of Milwaukee county residents seeking Chisholm's ouster also is asking state Attorney General Brad Schimel to file a criminal complaint against the DA. "As not only the top...
  • First Read: Can the GOP Really Sink Trump? (vy interesting TV ad spending stats)

    12/02/2015 6:59:41 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 31 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann
    As Donald Trump leads yet another national poll, the New York Times' Jonathan Martin asks a question that has consumed the political world: Can anyone inside the Republican Party -- via negative TV ads or a scorched-earth campaign -- stop Trump? And if so, do they even have the will do it? "Almost everyone in the party's upper echelons agrees something must be done, and almost no one is willing to do it," Martin writes.*snip* The campaigns and allies for three establishment presidential candidates -- Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and John Kasich -- have spent a combined $47.5 million in...
  • Back to the Future: Dems walk out on vote again (WI)

    10/22/2015 3:05:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 10-21-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 269 of 267 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog MADISON, Wis. – Wednesday was old school “Back to the Future Day” in the state Assembly – the Huey Lewis and the News “Back in Time” kind. As their fellow Democrats in the Senate did in winter 2011, the minority party fled another vote on a controversial piece of legislation. Back then it was a temper-tantrum over Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s public employee collective bargaining reform bill that sent the Fleeing 14 over the border into Illinois in a failed attempt to stave...
  • Donald Trump just filed an incredible campaign finance report

    10/16/2015 8:34:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/16/2015 | Colin Campbell
    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is no longer self-funding his presidential campaign — at least for now. The Republican front-runner filed his quarterly campaign finance report Wednesday evening, and it is filled with eye-popping details. For example, he spent more than $500,000 just on hats and related apparel. Trucker-style hats bearing Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," became a hit fashion accessory over the summer. To purchase the hats, people had fork over $25 or $30 to Trump's presidential bid. But even more striking, Trump received almost $4 million in what his campaign called "unsolicited donations." Trump frequently brags on...
  • California Considers Tough Campaign-Finance Rules

    10/12/2015 6:52:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 11, 2015 | ALEJANDRO LAZO
    California is considering some of the nation’s strictest campaign-finance rules, aimed at keeping candidates from coordinating with groups able to raise unlimited amounts of money on their behalf. The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposals Thursday. The rules would apply to statewide and local elections. The vote comes as outside groups are playing a central role in national campaigns since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010. That ruling led to the growth of super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts in support of candidates, or their opponents, but cannot legally...
  • Hillary Clinton spent roughly 90 percent of the money she raised over the summer

    10/01/2015 2:28:37 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 1, 2015 | Matea Gold and Anne Gearan
    Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton raced through millions of dollars over the summer as she expanded her campaign’s ground operations and launched a paid television campaign, spending around nine out of every 10 dollars she raised in the third quarter. Clinton pulled in more than $28 million and spent an estimated $24.8 million, for a burn rate of about 88.7 percent, based on early numbers released by her campaign. As of Sept. 30, she still had more than $32 million on hand, campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin said in a tweet Thursday. That gives her a small financial cushion over...
  • Lawrence Lessig's Crazy Plan To Run For President, Fix Campaign Finance, And Resign

    08/18/2015 6:54:43 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 13 replies
    Co-Exist ^ | 8/17/15 | ADELE PETERS
    Over the last 20 years of talking about the problem of big money in politics, Congress hasn't actually voted to do anything about it, and it's unlikely that they will anytime soon. So Harvard University law professor Lawrence Lessig has cooked up a crazy plan to force some change: He's trying to crowdfund a presidential campaign focused on the single issue of campaign finance reform. If Lessig can raise $1 million by Labor Day, and if no other presidential candidates take up what he calls "citizen equality" as their first priority, he plans to run as the first ever "referendum"...
  • This little tidbit from Trump on Hannity (I think)

    08/12/2015 5:51:51 AM PDT · by LS · 16 replies
    self | 8/12/2015 | LS
    Rush has said repeatedly that the reason Bush is the presumptive nominee is that he has "all the money." Well, I think it was in the Hannity interview that Trump said Bush has raised $114m. (Can anyone verify this number?) Trump said Hillary had raised $60m (really low). By my calculations Cruz has raised about $65m. (Again, can anyone verify?) But Trump said his annual income is $400m. So he can outspend Bush, Hillary, and Cruz put together and still have just under $200m for his jet.
  • The (Un)Intended Consequences of Campaign Finance Regs

    08/09/2015 10:47:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Nothing surprising happened in Grand Rapids last week. Simply stated, Michigan’s campaign finance laws are now being enforced against two powerful, well-connected interest groups that failed to report large, late contributions to a 2014 ballot measure campaign until well after the votes had been counted. But the lesson to be learned is not “the system works.” Last year, Rina Baker and Bonnie Burke launched a grassroots petition drive collecting the signatures of nearly 10,000 registered voters to place on the ballot a two-term “eight is enough” limit on election to the Grand Rapids City Commission. The two women worked day...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court: the partisan John Doe investigation was unsupported in reason or law

    07/16/2015 8:45:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | GABRIEL MALOR
    The long unraveling of the so-called “John Doe II investigation” convened by partisan district attorneys in Wisconsin is now complete. This case was about using vague campaign-finance rules to intimidate conservative groups and smear Republican officials, including Gov. Scott Walker. No charges were filed in the John Doe II investigation and it was halted by both the state and federal courts.Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court releases its final disposition in the case: To be clear, this conclusion ends the John Doe investigation because the special prosecutor’s legal theory is unsupported in either reason or law. Consequently, the investigation is closed....
  • Shaun McCutcheon Blew-Up Campaign-Finance-Law, Became a GOP-Hero Then Set His Sights on Paris Hilton

    06/08/2015 1:43:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washingtonian's Capitol Comment Blog ^ | June 7, 2015 | Luke Mullins
    Inside the marvelous life of a first amendment celebrity.By the time Shaun McCutcheon arrives at the main event, all the good seats are taken. It’s day two of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—the annual pilgrimage that right-wing die-hards make to Washington each winter—and 51,000 square feet of ballroom are bustling with would-be presidential candidates and conservative activists: old men in tricornered hats, soldiers in uniform, and women in big government sucks buttons. McCutcheon takes the only empty chair he can find, way in the back behind a college-age woman texting a picture of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. While...
  • Campaign money. What happens to it?

    05/25/2015 2:53:25 PM PDT · by Casual · 20 replies
    Vanity | 5/25/2015 | Me
    So there are around 20 Repubs running for President all raising money. What happens to their money when they stop running? Does it go to the Clinton Fund?
  • Stop Me Before I Vote Again

    04/23/2015 5:57:21 PM PDT · by Chris Shugart Uncommon Sense · 21 replies
    Thought Crimes ^ | 4-21-15 | Chris Shugart
    Hillary Clinton has been calling for sweeping changes in the way that private citizens choose to get involved in the political process. Yes, I know, the term is “campaign finance reform.” She went so far as to say that she’d be willing to support a Constitutional amendment to “reform” the way voters spend their money in political campaigns. She’s not the only Democrat who feels this way. Their concerns are real. How can a Democrat candidate expect to run an effective campaign when voters have the power to determine the outcome? Hillary and others on the Left get especially nervous...
  • Congress Wants Answers From Capitol Police on Gyrocopter [Hillary and mailman on the same page]

    04/17/2015 12:39:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 17, 2015 | Hannah Hess with Emma Dumain
    "............“I am concerned because I think, you know, we should have been alerted,” Cummings said. “I’m telling you whenever anything happens around here, I get about 20 alerts, but I didn’t see anything on this, which is amazing.” Whether the Oversight committee will hold a hearing on the incident remains unclear. A spokeswoman for Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CQ Roll Call staff is in the process of putting together a letter to the Secret Service to try and understand the circumstances surrounding the incident. At least one public official was warning against overreaction. “The gyrocopter incident yesterday was not a...
  • House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors

    04/17/2015 10:12:21 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 16 April 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Hillary Flynn
    Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups. The House on Wednesday with little fanfare passed legislation that would protect major donors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer from having to pay gift taxes on huge donations to secret money political groups. The legislation, which now heads to the Senate, is seen by fundraising operatives as removing one of the few remaining potential obstacles to unfettered big-money spending by nonprofit groups registered under a section of the Tax Code — 501(c) — that allows them to shield...
  • Campaign Finance Complaints Filed Against 4 Presidential Hopefuls[O’Malley-Santorum-Walker-Bush]

    04/01/2015 8:53:53 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 31 March 2015 | Eric Lichtblau
    For months, White House hopefuls from both parties have been raising millions in unlimited contributions at upscale fund-raisers from Manhattan to Palm Springs, Calif. — all without officially declaring themselves candidates and becoming subject to federal caps on contributions. Only a few of some 20 would-be presidential candidates have even bothered to set up the exploratory committees that were once a time-tested way to declare interest in the White House — and that set off their own fund-raising restrictions. But two leading campaign finance groups charged on Tuesday that the spread of these unofficial campaigns in recent months was not...
  • Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

    02/11/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    (CNSNews.com) -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report. The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FEC’s previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle. Before the decision, individuals were limited to a combined total of $46,200 in contributions to all...
  • How Bad PACs Are Killing The Conservative Movement

    02/21/2015 4:11:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | John Hawkins
    Earlier this week, my website Right Wing News put out a report called 50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money. That report was based on 170 pages of research I had commissioned into how conservative PACs are spending their money and the numbers of the 10 groups on the bottom were so bad that I was genuinely shocked, which doesn’t happen very often. Just in case you’re wondering, those bottom 10 PACs you’re looking at spent $54,318,498, but only $3,621,896 of that money went to candidates via direct contributions or independent expenditures on their...
  • Obama assails Supreme Court

    01/21/2015 11:12:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    A day after snubbing liberal activists who were pushing for tougher campaign-finance regulations, President Obama took a swipe at the Supreme Court Wednesday for its “wrong” ruling five years ago on the issue. “Five years ago, a Supreme Court ruling allowed big companies – including foreign corporations – to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “The Citizens United decision was wrong, and it has caused real harm to our democracy.” The president said it was time to “reverse” the trend of unlimited spending on political ads by third parties, but he...
  • G.O.P. Angst Over 2016 Led to Provision on Funding

    12/13/2014 10:55:37 AM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Dec 2014 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    The secret negotiations that led to one of the most significant expansions of campaign contributions in recent years began with what Republican leaders regarded as an urgent problem: How would they pay for their presidential nominating convention in Cleveland in two years? The talks ended with a bipartisan agreement between Senate Democrats, led by the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, and House Republicans, led by Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, that would allow wealthy donors to begin giving more than $1 million every election cycle to each party’s national committees. The agreement drew intense criticism from both liberal...
  • 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 · 88 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...