Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $78,509
Woo hoo!! And now less than $9.5k to go and only $700 to the yellow!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: cfrlist

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Kerry's sister a 'secret weapon' of feminists

    07/26/2004 11:09:47 PM PDT · by kattracks · 25 replies · 1,892+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/27/04 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    BOSTON -- Sen. John Kerry's sister assured a rally of feminist Democrats here yesterday that her brother will name several pro-choice justices to the Supreme Court if elected president.     "There are three things my brother is going to do when he's elected president," Peggy Kerry told a Boston event held yesterday at the Harvard Club by the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Feminist Majority.     Mr. Kerry will restore $34 billion to the United Nation's population fund for family planning, she pledged, and the Democrat will make sure that "CEDAW," an international treaty to eliminate discrimination against women, is...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • Is Oklahoma A New Human Rights Hot Spot? (NWO CLUSTERBARF)

    05/25/2004 8:43:00 AM PDT · by inquest · 17 replies · 387+ views's Writ ^ | 5-24-04 | Noah Leavitt
    Last week, Oklahoma judges considered a fundamental question - the status of international law in state courts in the U.S. And they made a paradigm-shifting decision. Not only did they properly treat a U.S. treaty as binding law, they also relied on a March decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. (The ICJ, the U.N.'s highest tribunal, is also often referred to as the World Court.) The result was to halt an execution that would have taken place May 18--the execution of Mexican national Osbaldo Torres, whose right to assistance from the Mexican consulate was not...
  • Congressional Leaders to FEC: Allow Political Organizations to Participate Fully in Elections

    04/08/2004 7:14:09 AM PDT · by Valin · 4 replies · 126+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/7/04
    WASHINGTON, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In a letter sent today, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Whip Steny Hoyer, Representatives John Larson, Jan Schakowsky, and more than 120 other Democratic Members of Congress who support the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act (BCRA) emphasized to the Federal Election Commission that the law as enacted does not impose the same restrictions on independent political organizations that it requires of federal elected officials and candidates. The Federal Election Commission is scheduled to meet next week to address the issue of independent political organization expenditures and is expected to issue a ruling in May. The...
  • Daily Campaign Finance Reform thread-day 9

    12/19/2003 7:45:02 AM PST · by Valin · 20 replies · 166+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | 12/19/03 | JIM PROVANCE
    <p>COLUMBUS - Former Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr said that federal campaign-finance reform upheld last week by the U.S. Supreme Court amounts to the "criminalization of politics."</p> <p>It’s an argument he lost before the court, which voted 5-4 to uphold major provisions of a law designed to dampen the influence of unregulated "soft money" on elections.</p>
  • Daily Campaign Finance Reform thread-day 8

    12/18/2003 5:58:38 AM PST · by Valin · 18 replies · 278+ views
    All speech is equal, but ... By Don Erler Special to the Star-Telegram Once upon a time, the "marketplace of ideas" determined how voters would decide elections. Just as General Motors, Toyota and BMW compete in the automotive marketplace for our business, so did candidates, parties and groups of interested citizens battle for our votes. Now campaigns have become so highly regulated that freedom of speech and press is now prohibited for specified voters and groups within the last 60 days of a general election. In order to reduce the ap-pearance of corruption caused by money in the political process,...
  • Daily Campaign Finance Reform thread-day 5

    12/15/2003 6:06:04 AM PST · by Valin · 28 replies · 201+ views
    Who Speaks for the People? By Christopher G. Adamo December 15, 2003 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America. --The United States Constitution-- Upon reading the text of the Preamble to the Constitution, as well as the remainder of that document, certain foundational principles of the American experiment become altogether undeniable. The founders clearly understood...
  • Next for campaign finance law sponsors: abolish the FEC

    12/11/2003 9:21:38 PM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 147+ views
    WASHINGTON -- Flush with victory following the Supreme Court's decision on political money, the sponsors of the campaign finance law have a new target: the Federal Election Commission. Now that the court has upheld the ban on corporate and union checks to political parties, the law's proponents are looking to eliminate the agency they say created "soft money" in the first place. Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., said legislation to replace the FEC with a new agency is among the top priorities of the law's sponsors, who also include Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Rep. Martin Meehan,...
  • Daily Campaign Finance Reform thread

    12/11/2003 8:58:58 AM PST · by Valin · 124 replies · 316+ views
    Would you be willing to start a daily thread with this intent? Or conversely, a thread that is bumped to the top regularly? I would help. I have too many responsibilities to commit to hosting it. Lazamataz To get this started my suggetion, Start putting pressure on your local rep. and senator to undo this monstrosity. Everytime you see them, ask them, What are you going to do about this? another idea, let them know that you are cutting back by 1/2 your contribution to them as a protest. Pressure Pressure Pressure!
  • ^^^FYI^^^SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW [Bretton Woods institutions]^^^FYI^^^

    09/23/2003 5:09:57 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 4 replies · 2,019+ views ^ | New York, 23 September 2003 | ANNAN
    THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ADDRESS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY New York, 23 September 2003Koffee Annon*snip*I respectfully suggest to you, Excellencies, that in the eyes of your peoples the difficulty of reaching agreement does not excuse your failure to do so. If you want the Council’s decisions to command greater respect, particularly in the developing world, you need to address the issue of its composition with greater urgency. But the Security Council is not the only institution that needs strengthening. As you know, I am doing my best to make the Secretariat more effective – and I look to this Assembly to support...
  • Republicans may make U-turn, back campaign finance reform plan

    08/25/2003 11:29:26 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 6 replies · 263+ views
    Lowellsun ^ | 08/25/03 | IAN BISHOP
    Republicans may make U-turn, back campaign finance reform plan By IAN BISHOP IAN BISHOP Sun Washington Bureau WASHINGTON As the George W. Bush fundraising machine fills up during pit stops across the country, a sobering scenario is gripping Republicans: The likely pacesetter for 2008 is approaching in the rearview mirror. And she isn't a Republican. Hillary Rodham Clinton may force Republicans to shift gears in support of overhauling the presidential public financing system, which President Bush spurned in 2000 and will do so again during the current election. Bush is expected to pocket a previously unimaginable $200 million without the...
  • McCain-Feingold Will Wreck Politics-Campaign finance reform has failed.

    08/22/2003 5:43:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 301+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 8-22-03 | KENNETH W. STARR
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rose for its recess only a few weeks ago -- but the justices are probably already back in study hall. With no retirements embroiling the country in a nasty debate, the most stable Court in history will return to town next month and hold an extraordinary four hours of oral argument in a single case -- the challenge by Sen. Mitch McConnell and others to the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, better known as McCain-Feingold.</p>
  • Broad effort emerges to help Democrats skirt campaign law

    08/15/2003 7:12:52 PM PDT · by DPB101 · 19 replies · 226+ views
    Democratic-leaning interest groups are emerging as a "shadow party" working to raise millions of dollars to try to defeat President Bush while working around a new law designed to take big money out of politics. Unlike national party committees, the groups can accept soft money - donations from corporations and unions and unlimited contributions from any source - for next year's election. "Welcome to campaign finance reform," said Harold Ickes, a former Clinton administration adviser taking part in the effort. "The genesis of all these new groups in large measure is the need to raise soft money and to do...
  • Groups Try to Raise 'Soft Money' for Dems in Effort to Circumvent Campaign Finance Reform

    08/13/2003 2:28:46 PM PDT · by rface · 6 replies · 275+ views
    Las Vegas Sun / AP ^ | August 13, 2003 at 12:52:51 PDT | SHARON THEIMER
    Less than a year since a law meant to remove big money from politics took effect, Democratic-leaning interest groups are working to raise millions in large donations in hopes of unseating President Bush and promoting their issues. The groups are emerging as a shadow party with an important advantage. Unlike national party committees, they can accept soft money - contributions from corporations and unions in any size and unlimited donations from any source - for next year's election. "Welcome to campaign finance reform," said Harold Ickes, a former Clinton administration adviser taking part in the effort. "The genesis of all...
  • Leading Interfaith Organization Submits Amici Curiae; Urges Court To Uphold Campaign Reform Act

    08/06/2003 1:18:24 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 6 replies · 227+ views
    Nation's Leading Interfaith Organization Submits Amici Curiae; Urges Court To Uphold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act 8/6/03 2:39:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk Contact: Kim Baldwin of The Interfaith Alliance, 202-639-6370, ext. 106; web: WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Interfaith Alliance, the nation's leading interfaith organization, joined with five diverse religious organizations in submitting an Amici Curiae to uphold the constitutionality of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA), a vital piece of legislation that will help restore public confidence in the political system and enable ordinary citizens to participate meaningfully in the democratic process. There is a...
  • The Red is not Dead.

    06/05/2003 3:19:45 PM PDT · by RMrattlesnake · 51 replies · 3,701+ views
    The Baptist Corpsman | june 5, 2003 | By Darren Morrison
    The Red is not Dead. By Darren Morrison Yes, that is right Marxism is alive and well and killing Christians. The number one killer of Christians throughout the world and history is Marxism. I know that today you hear more about Muslims killing Christian but the most deadly tool of Satan to kill those who follow Christ is the Marxist. I Marxism has many names and many brands, Marxism was the Idea of a German man Karl Marx, who wrote the communist manifesto. There are various different kinds of Marxism; the one that comes most to mind is Communism. There...
  • On Fox News: Socialist Party exempt from listing donors

    07/14/2003 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 15 replies · 268+ views
    I just saw on FNC that the Campaign Finance Reform exempts the Socialist Party from listing its donors. It was also stated that there are no entities on the right afforded the same exemption. It is done under the notion of protecting free speech for an extreme political entity.
  • Four Congressmen Seek to Abolish Agency

    07/10/2003 7:08:49 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 6 replies · 240+ views
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The lead sponsors of the nation's new campaign finance law have a new goal: abolishing the federal agency responsible for enforcing it. Lawmakers including Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold were announcing legislation Thursday that would replace the Federal Election Commission with a new agency. They and campaign finance watchdog groups have long argued the FEC - headed by three Democratic and three Republican commissioners - is more concerned with protecting the major political parties' interests than enforcing the law. The commission, created by Congress more than a quarter-century ago as one of several post-Watergate reforms, enforces...
  • McCain Praises Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Campaign Finance

    06/16/2003 10:53:36 AM PDT · by AZ Righty · 48 replies · 413+ views
    PHXnews ^ | 6/16/03 | John McCain
    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ban on direct, political contributions: “The Supreme Court’s decision today ..." *I do not have permission to post McCain's comments but I saw them at
  • Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Finance Rules

    06/16/2003 8:29:54 AM PDT · by AntiGuv · 131 replies · 613+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 16, 2003 | Anne Gearan
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the government can ban campaign contributions from advocacy groups, a warm-up decision to the showdown over the broader new campaign finance law. Justices rejected a constitutional challenge to the 32-year-old federal donation ban, which applies to groups with a point of view on issues such as gun rights and abortion. The case, involving a North Carolina anti-abortion organization, was a prelude to the court's handling of the 2002 campaign finance law. By a vote of 7-2, the court said the right to free speech does not trump Congress' goal of limiting the corrosive effects...
  • Supreme Court Takes CFR Case

    06/05/2003 5:09:03 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 71 replies · 481+ views
    US Supreme Court ^ | 5 June 2003 | US Supreme Court
    At the end of the day today, the US Supreme Court accepted the CFR case (McConnell, et al). The Court will take the case early in its 2003 Term. It will come in a month early, 8 September, for a nearly unprecedented four hour argument. Briefs by all plaintiffs in the trial court, including Senator McConnell and the NRA, must be filed by 8 July. Defendants below must file by 5 August. Reply briefs must be filed by 21 August.
  • Silencing Venezuela: Hugo Chavez's proposed media law ( Radio - Television - Newpapers)

    05/21/2003 1:59:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies · 1,406+ views photo ^ | May 21, 2003 | Reuters
    Arelis Lopez holds a sign reading 'Yes to information' and wears a bandanna over her mouth and hand cuffs as she protests with other members of 'Women for Freedom' against a media law proposed in Congress that will restrict graphic violence on television and reduce subjective censoring by radio and television channels, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, May 20, 2003. Opponents believe that if passed, the law could prohibit television and radio stations from criticizing the government. The sign at right reads 'We will go to jail in defense of freedom' and their shirts read 'Guards of freedom.' (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch)...
  • Court Restores Campaign-Funding Limits (Campaign Finance Alert!)

    05/19/2003 2:18:09 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies · 249+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 5/19/2003 | Sharon Theimer
    Court Restores Campaign-Funding Limits i>By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - A federal court Monday temporarily restored limits on political donations and advertising that it had struck down as unconstitutional, allowing 2004 candidates to operate under the law passed by Congress last year until the Supreme Court settles the matter. The Justice Department (news - web sites) and the law's sponsors had asked the three-judge panel handling the case to stay its entire May 2 ruling while the Supreme Court considers appeals. Interest groups, including the AFL-CIO and the National Rifle Association, had asked the lower court to block...
  • Democrats file complaint about ads against Daschle

    05/15/2003 5:04:34 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 47 replies · 356+ views
    Rapid City (S.D.) Journal ^ | May 15, 2003 | Denise Ross
    Democrats file complaint about ads against Daschle By Denise Ross, Journal Staff Writer WASHINGTON — Television ads that take Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., to task for opposing President Bush's tax-cut package break the new federal campaign-finance laws, Democratic leaders believe. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed a formal complaint against ad sponsor Club for Growth with the Federal Election Commission this week. The DSCC contends that Club for Growth uses unrestricted soft money to campaign against an individual candidate, something a new federal law says can be done only with limited hard money. "There can be no doubt that the...
  • RNC opposes stay on campaign finance ruling allowing elections role

    05/13/2003 5:52:09 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 191+ views
    AP ^ | 5/12/03 | SHARON THEIMER
    <p>WASHINGTON The Republican National Committee asked a federal court Monday to keep in effect a decision on the new campaign finance law that lets the national party get involved in state and local elections this year. The RNC asked a three-judge panel handling challenges to the law to reject requests by others that it stay that section of its May 2 decision.</p>
  • NRA asks high court to block ruling

    05/12/2003 10:25:38 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, May 13, 2003 | By Stephen Dinan and Frank J. Murray
    <p>The National Rifle Association yesterday asked the Supreme Court to block part of the recent lower court ruling that rewrote the rules guiding outside interest groups running issue ads.</p> <p>The NRA's request could give the Supreme Court its first chance to rule on the special court's decision May 2 that invalidated or rewrote much of the campaign finance regulations that President Bush signed into law last year. The three-judge panel, created specifically to hear the case, ruled that political parties could not raise or spend "soft money," and changed the rules under which interest groups may run broadcast advertisements.</p>
  • High court must stop assault on free speech

    05/10/2003 3:38:24 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 3 replies · 181+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5-10-03 | Tom Roeser
    High court must stop assault on free speech May 10, 2003 BY THOMAS ROESER John Adams, patriot and second U.S. president, had a good side and a bad side. The good Adams had a price on his life during the Revolution, yet saved a group of British soldiers from being railroaded to the gallows. But in 1798, the bad Adams tarnished his reputation by causing to be enacted a Sedition Act that threatened with fine and imprisonment anyone who ''shall write, print, utter or publish . . . scandalous and malicious . . . writings against the government of the...
  • Clay Admits Voting Against 1st Amendment:Democrat Says He Supported McCain-Feingold...

    05/09/2003 10:34:41 AM PDT · by Remedy · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Human Events ^ | Week of May 12, 2003 | David Freddoso
    A special three-member panel of federal judges ruled last week that major elements of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law violated the1st Amendment right of free speech.Specifically, the panel said Congress could not prohibit soft money contributions to political parties or election-time advertisements by interest groups that mention a federal candidate.The panel was split and wrote its own complicated law on both these matters, however. Soft money, it said, cannot be used for party-paid advertisements promoting or attacking a specific candidate, nor can advertisements paid for by interest groups support or attack a specific candidate even implicitly.The case will now go...
  • Justice, campaign finance law's sponsors seek stay of court's ruling

    05/09/2003 10:20:03 AM PDT · by Brian S · 4 replies · 190+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department has joined sponsors of the new campaign finance law in asking a federal court to suspend its ruling that struck down some of the law's restrictions.</p> <p>Government attorneys defending the law asked the court for a stay Friday. The Justice Department, defending the law on behalf of it and the Federal Election Commission, sought the stay in consultation with the FEC.</p>
  • Sometimes reform is illegal (Campaign Reform Act )

    05/09/2003 8:19:01 AM PDT · by follow the money · 16 replies · 413+ views
    United Press International ^ | 5/9/2003 | John Armor
    Sometimes reform is illegal HIGHLANDS, N.C., May 9 (UPI) -- The special three-judge trial court considering the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act ruled last week. By varying votes of 3-0 and 2-1 it determined that substantial portions of BCRA, sometimes known by the names of its two chief sponsors, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russell Feingold, D-Wis., violate the U.S. Constitution. When this law was passed, much of the mainstream media hailed it as a "Good Thing for America." The trial court has now ruled that it is largely an affront to the Constitution. The media did not mention, at the...
  • Ruling exposes [campaign finance] law's flaws

    05/05/2003 5:26:19 PM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies · 289+ views
    USA Today ^ | 5/5/03 | William Hamilton
    <p>The eye-glazing ruling Friday that overturned key parts of a major campaign-finance law tells us something is inherently wrong with a federal law that would give incumbents a virtually unbeatable advantage, would reduce voter turnout, would diminish the role of political parties whose purposes are clearly stated and favor special-interest groups whose real purposes are often hidden — even as it tramples our fundamental right to free political expression.</p>
  • Democrats Benefit Big from Court Defeat of Campaign Reform

    05/04/2003 12:22:37 AM PDT · by Psalm118 · 9 replies · 194+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 04, 2003 | Jim Vandehei and Dan Balz
    ELECTIONS 2004 SPECIAL REPORT The Presidential Sweepstakes The race to challenge President Bush is on as Democrats begin lining up. Get full candidate profiles here. By Jim VandeHei and Dan Balz Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, May 4, 2003; Page A04 If the new federal court ruling on campaign finance laws stands, corporations, union leaders and wealthy Americans will pour millions of dollars back into a political system that could look and operate much as it did before Congress "reformed" it with great fanfare a year ago, according to election law experts and political operatives from both parties. A special...
  • Half-Right on McCain-Feingold

    05/03/2003 10:01:24 AM PDT · by randita · 13 replies · 242+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/3/03 | Staff Editorial
    May 3, 2003 Half-Right on McCain-Feingold A three-judge federal court in Washington issued a split decision yesterday in a lawsuit challenging McCain-Feingold, the landmark law aimed at reducing the corrupting role money plays in politics. The decision upheld important parts of the law but struck down other sections that Congress rightly considered critical to reforming the electoral process, and that fully conform to the Constitution. The Supreme Court should quickly review the case and restore the law in its entirety. The panel that decided yesterday's case did not distinguish itself. The package it produced was so big, so ungainly and...
  • McCain-Feingold Decision is no Victory

    05/03/2003 8:09:21 AM PDT · by Rensselaer · 7 replies · 182+ views
    5/3/03 | Self
    Contrary to press reports, yesterday's decision in McConnell v. FEC is not a big victory for free speech. It strikes down parts of the McCain-Feingold bill, but leaves other parts - including some of the most offensive - intact, and leaves the law more restrictive than it was before McCain-Feingold passed. Of course, the Supreme Court will have the final say, but I have been warning here for a year that those who think the courts will toss this law in the dumpster are whistling in the dark. Here are the basic contours of the 3 judge panel's ruling. First,...
  • Panel upends campaign finance

    05/03/2003 1:36:27 AM PDT · by kattracks · 11 replies · 181+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/03/03 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>A federal panel yesterday struck down or rewrote most of the campaign finance reform law that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law last year.</p> <p>The three-judge panel overturned restrictions on how and when outside interest groups may run campaign advertisements against federal candidates but wrote new rules that some groups said are just as onerous. The court also overturned the part of the law that prohibits national political parties from raising so-called "soft money," though it upheld the law's ban on using the money to run television advertisements.</p>
  • U.S. Court strikes down part of McCain-Feingold Campaign Law

    05/02/2003 12:41:01 PM PDT · by RandDisciple · 225 replies · 502+ views
    reported 15:38 bloomberg news
  • FEC Dismisses Action Against [Tom] Delay Group

    04/29/2003 6:03:35 PM PDT · by Rensselaer · 2 replies · 154+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/29/03 | Jonathan Kaplan
    FEC dismisses action against ‘DeLay group’ By Jonathan E. Kaplan and Alexander Bolton The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has dismissed a complaint against the Leadership Forum, a GOP fundraising group, vindicating Susan Hirschmann and former Rep. Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), the organization’s president and vice president. Hirschmann, former chief of staff to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), and Paxon, an elite GOP lobbyist, had set up the group to raise soft money to fund television issue ads and other activities that would benefit Republican candidates in the upcoming election. “The FEC ruling validates what we have said all along…the Leadership...
  • Let’s get on with it (Court review of McCain-Feingold)

    04/30/2003 3:45:27 PM PDT · by Jean S · 6 replies · 260+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/30/03
    We have no idea how the three-judge panel that’s reviewing the McCain-Feingold campaign law will rule. But we do know that a failure quickly to break the legal logjam that’s gripping that panel augurs dire consequences for the 2004 elections. The undue delay may have already doomed chances for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider last year’s reform legislation before Congress recesses for the summer. The longer it takes for the lower court to render its verdict, the harder it is going to be to have clear rules firmly in place next year when the nation next needs to elect...
  • Democrats seek donations for secret fund

    04/29/2003 9:07:34 AM PDT · by sgiant · 9 replies · 221+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | 4/29/03 | Paul Egan
    <p>LANSING -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the state Democratic Party are asking corporations and unions to donate $25,000 to a new political fund intended to help get their message across to voters.</p> <p>The names of the donors to Partnership for Progress and most details about how the money is spent will be kept secret, Democratic Party Chairman Melvin "Butch" Hollowell confirmed.</p>
  • It's Official: Campaign Finance Law Helps Republicans

    04/04/2003 6:54:47 AM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 26 replies · 258+ views
    WSJ ^ | 4-4-03 | Washington Wire
    <p>The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire says the new "campaign-finance law boosts Republicans' money edge. In first-quarter reports due soon at the Federal Election Commission, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is expected to show $7 million -- its biggest take of regulated 'hard money' for House candidates ever. But Republicans' House committee has raised $22 million. Democrats got more from unregulated 'soft money,' now banned."</p>
  • FEC Considers Taking Soft Money Out of Presidential Conventions - or Letting More In

    04/03/2003 3:11:09 PM PST · by Jean S · 2 replies · 193+ views
    AP ^ | 4/3/03 | Sharon Theimer
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Election officials are considering proposals that could change how presidential nominating conventions are financed, from barring corporate and union money to permitting more of it in party gatherings. Among questions the Federal Election Commission will answer is whether a new campaign finance law bans local committees that help national parties stage the conventions from accepting money from businesses and labor. The commission head, Ellen Weintraub, said the law obligates the FEC to weigh in. The commission voted Thursday to hold a hearing May 19 on that and other convention issues. The law, which took effect in November,...
  • FEC Lawyers Back Socialist Workers Party

    04/01/2003 3:22:04 PM PST · by adam_az · 39 replies · 344+ views
    AP/NY Newsday ^ | 31 Mar 2003 | SHARON THEIMER
    WASHINGTON -- The Socialist Workers Party, long allowed to keep its donors secret because of the danger of harassment, should continue to receive the special protection, Federal Election Commission lawyers say. The party asked the commission to extend its exemption from FEC reporting requirements that other political parties face, including identifying its contributors, the candidates it supports and the businesses it buys from. The exemption, given for six years at a time, was first granted by a court in 1979 and last renewed by the commission in 1996. The Socialist Workers Party advocates a Marxist revolution to overthrow the U.S....
  • Supreme Court Hears Campaign Finance Case

    03/25/2003 4:40:37 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 8 replies · 220+ views
    AP ^ | 3/25/03 | GINA HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed unsympathetic Tuesday to arguments that groups with a point of view on such subjects as gun rights or abortion should be allowed to make political donations. Previewing an anticipated showdown over the broader new campaign finance law, the justices will decide by this summer if the 32-year-old federal donation ban is unconstitutional. They are balancing the free speech rights of people in nonprofit advocacy corporations against the government's interest in keeping political campaigns clean. The government argues that the groups could be used to circumvent individual campaign donation limits, with little public disclosure...
  • Campaign Finance Law Ruling Expected Soon (lower court's ruling could stay a soft money ban for now)

    03/11/2003 6:58:07 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 3 replies · 209+ views
    foxnews ^ | 3/11/2003 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    <p>WASHINGTON — Plaintiffs in the legal challenge to last year's campaign finance reform law say that it may be too late for the U.S. Supreme Court to tackle the case this term, but a lower court's ruling — expected any day — could stay a soft money ban for now.</p>
  • McCain Bashes RNC Attorneys as Campaign Reform Fibbers

    03/08/2003 5:56:52 PM PST · by truthserum · 5 replies · 190+ views
    The Washington Post (AP) ^ | 2/24/03 | Sharon Theimer
    McCain: GOP Misrepresents Campaign Law By SHARON THEIMER The Associated Press Monday, February 24, 2003; 3:40 PM Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday accused his party of misleading GOP activists about the nation's new campaign finance law and employing "scorched earth" scare tactics to make the rules look more restrictive than they are. McCain sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Marc Racicot accusing Republican lawyers of spreading "falsehoods" about several aspects of the law during recent briefings for party members.
  • Move over Constitution, we've got U.N. charter: war maneuvers play into hands of internationalists

    02/28/2003 12:03:55 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 41 replies · 3,481+ views | Friday, February 28, 2003 | By Diana Lynne
    A renown constitutional scholar predicts a United States-led war with Iraq could result not just in the loss of Saddam Hussein's sovereignty, but that of the U.S. as well, which in turn leads to the loss of personal liberty for individual American citizens. It's not that Herb Titus is anti-war. He just thinks President George W. Bush is going about it the wrong way. Titus sees a hidden danger in the Bush administration's need to appease the international community by working through the diplomatic channels of the United Nations Security Council. Security Council members in New York continue to debate...
  • McCain in the Dark on Campaign Reform, FEC Official Says

    03/01/2003 10:38:21 PM PST · by Rensselaer · 7 replies · 285+ views
    Arizona Republic ^ | March 1, 2003 | John Kamman
    U.S. Sen. John McCain, who spent years fighting for campaign-finance reforms finally enacted last year, doesn't fully understand what the new law does, a top regulator said Friday in Phoenix. "From listening to Senator McCain's comments on the subject through the summer and fall, . . . I don't think he had as good an understanding as someone playing such a major role should have (had) in what the law was before his bill passed, or in what was in his bill to change the law," Federal Election Commission Vice Chairman Bradley A. Smith said. McCain's office did not respond...

    02/26/2003 9:34:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 39 replies · 3,042+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | 02.27.03 | Michael H. Brown
    MEMO TO THE VATICAN: WATCH THE U.N. WITH MORE CAUTION, AS WELL AS RISE OF EUROPEWeeping image in Central Europe By Michael H. Brownwww.spiritdaily.comYour Holiness and Your Eminences, we write to you with great esteem, and hopefully proper reverence. We believe that the world should listen to your -- to the Vatican's -- discernment. Your judgment obviously exceeds our own, and we hope always to maintain strict obedience, especially in matters such as war. As it says in Scripture, obedience is superior to sacrifice.If we can be so bold, we would like to express a concern. It has to do...
  • McCain Accuses GOP of Misleading Activists on Campaign Finance Law

    02/25/2003 3:12:52 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 178+ views
    foxnews ^ | February 25, 2003
    <p>WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. John McCain on Monday accused his party of misleading GOP activists about the nation's new campaign finance law and employing "scorched earth" scare tactics to make the rules look more restrictive than they are.</p> <p>McCain sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Marc Racicot accusing Republican lawyers of spreading "falsehoods" about several aspects of the law during recent briefings for party members.</p>
  • Blindman's Rule [McCain Feingold Campaign Finance Reform and congressional ignorance]

    02/24/2003 6:42:55 PM PST · by Cicero · 14 replies · 244+ views
    Creator's Syndicate via Reason ^ | February 21, 2003 | Jacob Sullum
    [AD-MUNCHED] Jacob Sullum'sSyndicated Column Blindman's Rule (2/21) Powell Play (2/14) Jury Rigging (2/7) Earlier Columns February 21, 2003 Blindman's Rule Congress discovers the perils of legislating in the dark. By Jacob Sullum The New York Times reports that Robert Matsui was "surprised by [the] fine print" in the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Matsui, the California representative who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, confesses, "I didn't realize what all was in it." Well, how could he have known? It's a complicated piece of legislation. You didn't expect him to actually read the bill prior to voting for it, did...