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  • The new campaign contribution: I’ll get my employees to vote for you

    05/20/2014 4:22:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | May 20, 2014 | Philip Bump
    Some businesses in states with pitched Republican primary fights are turning to a relatively new tool to help ensure the outcome they want: telling employees how they want them to vote. Thanks in part to Citizens United, it's perfectly legal — but it probably doesn't do much good. Bloomberg Businessweek describes the concerted effort by business groups to get their member corporations ready to weigh in on the election — an election, we'll remind you, that has largely been framed as business-versus-Tea Party. The National Association of Manufacturers spent a week in Kentucky, briefing "as many as 10 businesses a...
  • Why Is Mark Levin Keeping Quiet About Vermont's Article V Resolution?

    05/10/2014 10:27:02 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 41 replies
    The New American ^ | 10 May 2014 | Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
    The state legislature of Vermont has approved a call for a constitutional convention. Mark Levin has been noticeably silent on this "success."Why Is Mark Levin Keeping Quiet About Vermont’s Article V Resolution? The New American 10 May 2014 Advocates of an Article V constitutional convention crow about every state legislative body that passes a resolution calling for such a convention. Chief among these cheerleaders is “conservative” talk-show host/entertainer Mark Levin. During his daily radio show, Levin regularly reports on the success of states in signing on to the Article V roster. Curiously, however, there is one recent resolution that...
  • Olympia Snowe, on compromise, Citizens United and former colleague Kay Hagan

    04/14/2014 9:23:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies ^ | 4/14/14 | Mary Curtis
    Olympia Snowe made her case for a return to governing from the “sensible center,” and she did it with conviction. But while the audience was both loud and supportive at a women’s summit in Charlotte, no one – and that includes the former Republican U.S. senator from Maine — thought it would be easy. Snowe was considered moderate in her approach and her politics when she decided not to run for a fourth term in the Senate in 2012. How bad had it gotten? Republicans and Democrats honored her at separate celebrations, a departure from the past. “It’s not even...
  • House panel to hold contempt vote on IRS official [Live Thread]

    04/10/2014 5:51:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 434 replies
    AP via WaPo ^ | April 10, 2014
    WASHINGTON — A House committee is voting on whether to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.
  • The war against American citizens

    04/08/2014 11:16:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2014 | By Katrina vanden Heuvel
    In last week’s ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission , the Supreme Court was not a mere instrument so much as a blowtorch, searing a hole in the fabric of our fragile democracy. The American experiment seems to be run by a smaller and smaller control group as billionaires — like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson — get expanding seats at the shrinking political table. NASCAR drivers wear the corporate logos of their sponsors on their suits. The justices who sided with plutocracy ought to wear sponsorship logos on their robes, too. The all-out assault against campaign finance...
  • Get Thee Behind Me, Satan -- But First, Write a Check

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

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

    03/27/2014 7:21:37 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 13 replies
    I am not a lawyer or legal beagle nor have I even stayed at a Holiday Inn Express, but would there not be some connection with the Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United and the current Hobby Lobby case? And if so, why isn't this being discussed in the media and conservative talk radio? In Citizens United, the Supreme Court basically established corporations as individuals allowing them to contribute to political campaigns. If a corporation is regarded as an individual when it comes to political contributions, why would not a corporation be given religious freedom rights as an individual? The...
  • First Known Video Captures High Court Chamber Protest Footage

    02/27/2014 1:31:35 PM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 18 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/27/14 | Brent Kendall and Jess Bravin
    The Supreme Court was subject to a security breach when a spectator sneaked a video camera into Wednesday’s proceedings and filmed a protester who disrupted an oral argument. The clandestine footage, posted on YouTube, is the first known video footage of a Supreme Court proceeding to be made public. It isn’t clear what type of device was used to make the recording. High court outbursts are rare. Before Wednesday, the last notable disruption of a Supreme Court proceeding came during a 2006 abortion case.
  • Jim Messina Making $7k A Month From Campaign That Ended Over a Year Ago

    02/24/2014 4:00:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Staff
    Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, is still making $7,000 per month from Obama’s 2012 campaign, Politico reports. While the campaign ended nearly a year-and-a-half ago, Messina has not entirely finished “winding it down.” The lengthy Politico article reports on how Messina is attempting to become a Karl Rove-like figure for the Democratic Party. Messina—like Rove before him—has gravitated away from the party and campaign system in which he cut his teeth toward the unlimited-money outside infrastructure that reshaped politics after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision. It’s a notable shift, given that Democrats up...
  • Open Secrets Shows Koch Campaign Money Dwarfed by Dozens of Other Groups,

    02/17/2014 6:29:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 17, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    The web site has done a great deal of useful work. Especially helpful are its lists of high-dollar political campaign donor organizations. The web site's 1989-2014 and 2012-specific lists, to name just two, demonstrate that the hyperventilating on the left and in the establishment press about the eeeevil Koch Brothers is completely out of line: Imagine that. Koch Industries is way down in 59th place in the past 25 years and 77th place in 2012. This makes at least the following people look really dumb:
  • Real Party of the Rich Guys: Top Dem donors have outspent top GOP donors by $486 mill in last 25 yrs

    02/17/2014 5:36:53 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies ^ | February 17, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    the top ten DNC donors outspent the top ten RNC donors by nearly 2 to 1 since 1989 ... The political left always accuses the Republican Party of being the “party of rich guys.” It’s a lie. ... C) Committed Democrat donors have outspent committed Republican donors by nearly $486 million since 1989 D) Overall, the top ten DNC donors outspent the top ten RNC donors by nearly 2 to 1 since 1989. E) The largest committed DNC donor group has outspent the largest committed RNC donor group by 67% since 1989 ... The arguments by Democrats that the RNC...
  • Chuck Schumer Calls For The IRS To Stop The Tea Party

    01/25/2014 10:44:46 AM PST · by raptor22 · 58 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | January 25, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Free Speech: The IRS scandal is not only not over but is getting worse, with a call by New York's senior senator for the already-politicized agency to use its power to tax to destroy the conservative grass-roots movement. Arguing that the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowed Tea Party groups to "funnel millions of undisclosed dollars into campaigns with ads that distort the truth and attack government," Charles Schumer wants the IRS and other government agencies to take on the Tea Party through their administrative powers. "It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as...
  • Local anti-Citizens United group hopes to place candidate in Dem congressional primary (OH)

    01/20/2014 11:58:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Athens News ^ | January 20, 2014 | David DeWitt
    A meeting last week of activist members of a local group called Democracy Over Corporations revealed a potential primary challenge to former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison for the Democratic Party nod to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, in Ohio's 6th Congressional District. The group also heard a presentation by Dick McGinn, a leader of the Athens-based anti-fracking group known as the Bill of Rights Committee, on a statewide Ohio Community Rights Network. McGinn said this is part of a statewide effort to push back against drilling interests and government collusion that he said hurts the environment. The DOC was...
  • Republicans Are Overwhelmed By A Sea of Democratic Cash

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

    10/26/2013 9:10:16 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies ^ | October 26, 2013 | Jon Lender
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state Democratic Party have said as little as possible about Malloy's weekend fundraising trip to California Oct. 18-20, despite demands by the Senate Republican leader for details after a politician's tweet suggested the governor met with a state contractor out there. But Government Watch has pieced together a rough picture of what went on as Malloy panned for California gold for Connecticut Democrats and the Democratic Governors Association – a national group that can make independent campaign expenditures in all states to help Democrats. First of all, it turns out that Malloy did, indeed,...
  • Citizens United Chief: Resentful Obama Wants ‘Absolute Power’

    10/10/2013 12:28:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 09 Oct 2013 06:50 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    David Bossie, chairman of Citizens United—which President Barack Obama has repeatedly blamed for many of Washington’s problems—says the commander-in-chief is frustrated because he wants “absolute power.” “He hates Citizens United, he hates our organization, he knows that we are responsible for the House of Representatives’ not being under Democratic control, or being one of the groups that helped do that, but, you know, he wants to have full, total control,” Bossie told The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV. …
  • Citizens United endorses Rep. Broun in Georgia Senate race

    10/09/2013 10:41:38 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 8 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Citizens United is endorsing Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) in the crowded Georgia Senate primary. The nod from the conservative group will give the Tea Party favorite a boost — and establishment Republicans new reason to be concerned about the race. Establishment Republicans have publicly fretted about Broun winning the primary, fearing he might not be the party's best candidate in a general election. The congressman regularly refers to President Obama as a socialist and communist, and has said evolution and the big bang theories are lies "from the pit of hell."
  • The Death of the Hillary Movies

    10/04/2013 6:36:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 4, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    On the same day, CNN and NBC both dropped their plans to make movies about Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, it looks like a win both for the Clintons and for RNC chair Reince Priebus, who boldly told the two networks that they wouldn't be moderating any GOP presidential debates in 2015 or 2016 with those promotional films in the pipeline. Apologies might be owed from The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which prematurely waved a white flag: "God grant Reince Priebus the serenity to accept liberal media bias. ... The Hollywood-media complex is going to line up hard behind Hillary's 2016...
  • The Shutdown Standoff Is One of the Worst Crises in American History: Welcome to Weimar America

    10/03/2013 5:39:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 2, 2013 | John B. Judis
    The current government shutdown threatens to stall the already slow economic recovery from the Great Recession. But more is at stake here. Political philosophers from Aristotle to Locke have defined the nation-state as the highest form of political community. Locke, whose views are embedded in America’s Declaration of Independence, saw government as a result of a communal compact—a social contract—among peoples. What is happening in America is that this social contract is being voided, largely through the initiative of rightwing Republicans from the deep South and rural Midwest. America is not likely to become Afghanistan, but it could easily become...
  • Only NARAL Exempted From Disclosing Donors

    08/07/2013 10:00:04 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    cnsnews ^ | August 7, 2013 - 3:12 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    New York’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) exempted NARAL Pro-Choice New York from requiring non-profit groups disclose names...
  • Obama wanted Lerner to “Fix it now before the election”

    08/09/2013 9:45:32 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 29 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-09-13 | DrJohn
    A new video shows Lois Lerner talking about the pressure being brought to bear on the IRS to halt GOP money going into the 2010 election: Newly uncovered video shows Lois Lerner discussing the political pressure that swirled around the IRS in 2010. Lerner says "everyone" was "screaming at" the IRS to stop the flood of money pouring into the 2010 elections through 501(c)(4) groups as a result of Citizens United. Lerner spoke to a small group at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy on October 19, 2010, just two weeks before the wave election that brought the Tea Party...
  • McAuliffe to Supporters: Tell TV Stations Not to Air 'Fast Terry' Documentary

    08/06/2013 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 23 replies
    On Monday, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's campaign launched an online campaign to pressure television stations across Virginia to not air "Fast Terry,"a documentary Citizens United has said was the "movie Terry McAuliffe does not want you to see." As Breitbart News reported, progressives in Virginia, in addition to state Democrats who already rejected McAuliffe once as their party's standard bearer in 2009, are worried that the film will permanently define McAuliffe as a heartless plutocrat who stiffed working class Virginians of all races. The film, which details McAuliffe's questionable business dealings and how he promised to build an electric...
  • Obama appoints anti-voter ID Dem to co-lead voter commission -Bob Bauer

    05/25/2013 9:06:17 AM PDT · by opentalk · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 23, 2013 | Laurel Conrad
    Barack Obama appointed Tuesday to help lead the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, Robert F. Bauer, said during the 2012 election that voter ID laws are a Republican tactic to suppress lawful votes. During the 2012 election, the Obama team tapped Bauer to lead the legal teams for the campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Among his initiatives: fighting voter ID laws enacted by a number of states in an effort to combat voter fraud. During his time as the team’s organizer, Bauer told the Associated Press that he believes that the GOP is enlisting these new laws to impede...
  • 'Mister Magoo' defense of Obama is undermining faith in government

    05/21/2013 11:38:42 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 25 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 5/21/13 | David Freddoso
    Yesterday’s and today’s press conferences by White House press secretary Jay Carney provide ammunition to the thesis proposed this week even by a few mainstream journalists. By Carney’s account, Obama knows little or nothing about several really awful things happening in his own administration. He is (as Carney claimed) deliberately kept in the dark by senior staff regarding matters you’d expect a president would really want to know about, such as a major scandal about to erupt regarding the IRS targeting Tea Party groups, which began just as his health care bill was running into difficulty. The long and the...
  • Sen. Wyden: If You Don't Want IRS Hassles, Don't Apply for Tax Exempt Status

    05/21/2013 11:25:21 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 65 replies
    Breibart blog ^ | 5-21-2013 | John Nolte
    During Tuesday's Senate hearings into the widening IRS scandal, Senator Ron Wyden (OR-D) suggested that the conservative groups, targeted for paralyzing IRS harassment and leaks to the left-wing media, had it coming. (snip) (from John Harwood) Sen Wyden: If political groups don't want hassles from government, they shouldn't go to government asking for tax-exempt status.
  • The IRS and the Drive to Stop Free Speech

    05/21/2013 4:35:03 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-21-13 | David Rivkin and Lee Casey
    This IRS politicization is not an isolated problem. It is an inevitable result of the broader efforts to regulate and, in fact, suppress political speech. The IRS crackdown on tax-exemption approvals for conservative groups was directed at nonprofit social-welfare groups, often called 501(c)(4)s after the Internal Revenue Code section granting them tax-exempt status. Such groups do not have to disclose their donors and are exempt from most taxation, although donations to them generally aren't tax deductible. Social-welfare organizations are permitted to engage in a range of political activities promoting their causes or beliefs, so long as these activities aren't their...
  • Donna Brazile: We're pointing a gun at our democracy

    05/20/2013 7:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | May 18, 2013 | Donna Brazile, Gore campaign manager
    Our democracy is endangered. Not by the Russians, North Korea, the Iran regime, or even terrorists. To quote Pogo: "We have met the enemy and he is us." Inside the beltway, the fingers point and the media tuts and struts in glee, and we, the American public, respond by becoming more rigid and divided ourselves. No more "truth springing from argument amongst friends," as David Hume said. A recent nonpartisan Pew Research Poll finds our knee-jerk partisanship has increased dramatically. This road we're on will lead us step-by-step to an extreme: either an autocratic government that functions, or a dysfunctional...
  • Citizens United: The great red herring of the IRS scandal

    05/17/2013 12:46:58 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 9 replies ^ | 5/17/13 | David Freddoso
    Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee focused like a laser on the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision as the true culprit for this targeting. But there are a few problems with this explanation. First of all, this excuse blames the victims and turns the perpetrator — the IRS — into some kind of victim of their constitutional rights... Second, the data show that there was no surge in 501c(4) applications by Spring 2010, around which time the IRS decided to target conservative applicants...
  • LIVE THREAD: Congress Begins Investigation into IRS Targeting

    05/17/2013 6:02:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 831 replies
    C Span | May 17, 2013
    The House Ways and Means Committee holds the first Congressional hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) subjecting applicants for tax-exempt status to higher levels of scrutiny based on political leanings. Witnesses include Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller who resigned on Wednesday and the Treasury Department’s Inspector General Russell George for Tax Administration. Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said the IRS' targeting of "American taxpayers based on politics is both astounding and appalling." He stated that the Committee will "get to the bottom of this practice and ensure it never takes place again.” In announcing the hearing, Ranking Member Sander...
  • IRS Targeting Pushed By Democrats Aided Obama Campaign

    05/15/2013 4:11:00 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Senate Democrats, including supporters of the Disclose Act, provided the names of groups they wanted targeted in a taxpayer-funded witch hunt overseen by an IRS employee and Obama campaign donor. Using the Citizens United case as a pretext, retiring Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., on July 27, 2012, wrote IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman to investigate 12 conservative groups he accused of violating their tax-exempt status and engaging in coordinated political activity. The groups Levin asked to be targeted for special scrutiny were Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, Priorities U.S.A., Americans Elect, American Action Network, Americans for Prosperity, American Future Fund, Americans...
  • Rush: The 2010 Election and Citizens United Shook Democrats to the Core

    05/13/2013 2:24:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | May 13, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know, folks, on this IRS business, I think the 2010 midterms really shocked the Democrats. I think they might have expected to maybe lose some seats, although, actually, my memory -- no, no, no, no, no, my memory is that they thought with the overwhelming popularity of Obama it might be the first time that a sitting president's party increased seats. Well, it wouldn't be the first time. I think Bush did it. But they were clearly hoping for at least a draw. In the 2010 midterms they got shellacked. It's one of the reasons I...
  • Why Did IRS Target Conservative Groups? Was it legitimate reaction to tax-exempt electioneering?

    05/13/2013 1:25:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 13, 2013 | Megan McArdle, special correspondent, Newsweek & The Daily Beas
    Kevin Drum outlines what I take to be the emerging case for the defense of the IRS agents who applied special scrutiny to tax-exemption applications from Tea Party groups: Roughly speaking, what seems to have happened is that three years ago the IRS was facing an explosion of newly formed 501(c)4 groups claiming tax exempt status, something that's legal only for groups that are primarily engaged in promoting education or social welfare, not electioneering. So some folks in the Cincinnati office tried to come up with a quick filter to flag groups that deserved extra scrutiny. But what should that...
  • Obama Incorporated: The president’s left-wing network continues to expand

    02/08/2013 7:41:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 8, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    Three years ago, midway through his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama took on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. “With all due deference to the separation of powers,” the president said, “last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interests—including foreign corporations—to spend without limit in our elections. [Applause.] I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. [Applause.]” Justice Samuel Alito, by mouthing the words “not true” as Obama read these sentences off...
  • Obama bypasses Congress, attempts to force companies to reveal political donations

    01/18/2013 10:15:53 AM PST · by listenhillary · 28 replies ^ | 1/18/13 | Vince Coglianese
    The Obama administration is attempting to bypass Congress and force publicly-traded companies to reveal their political donations through regulation. The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporate Finance has begun the steps necessary to create a regulation that would in many ways mirror the DISCLOSE Act — a bill Senate Democrats have failed to pass through Congress. Created in reaction to the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that said corporations and unions could not have limits placed on their political expenditures, the Senate bill would require political organizations to publicly name their donors and the amounts they give. The...
  • Court: Marin man can't use corporate personhood to beat carpool lane ticket

    01/08/2013 12:42:38 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Will Jason
    Corporations may have many of the same rights as people, but those rights do not include riding in the carpool lane in Novato. That was the message Monday at Marin County Superior Court traffic hearing, where San Rafael activist Jonathan Frieman appeared to contest a $489 carpool fine. His argument? He was not riding alone in the carpool lane on Highway 101 in October, as alleged by police, because his corporation -- a stack of papers named "JoMiJO Foundation" -- was riding shotgun. Therefore, he was obeying the signs reading, "2 or more persons per vehicle." His lawyer, Ford Greene...
  • Citizens United Revisited

    11/20/2012 6:43:58 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 1 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/20/12 | Mike Fields
    Now that the first major election post-Citizens United has passed I thought it would be worth opening the floor to some discussion of everybody’s view on whether Citizens United was a good decision both as constitutional law and in practical application during the election. I wrote a piece for Political Realities before the decision was issued that was very critical of the decision by the Court to rehear the case a second time. John Roberts asked both sides to prepare to address questions that vastly expanded the scope of the case. Roberts was well known for an earlier comment concerning...
  • WOW!! Just watched Citizens United/Bannon's 30-minute Infomercial - Devastating!!!

    10/28/2012 9:27:09 AM PDT · by time4good · 14 replies
    WHDT ^ | 10-28-2012 | Citizens United/Steven Bannon
    WOW! I was flipping through channels on my TV tuner on my computer to find Gingrich slice Cutter (no pun) and saw the Independents ad I've seen several times over the past month. Well, this thing kept going after 2 minutes and I realized this was the 30-minute ad that was going to run. This was GREAT!! The demographics were GREAT! All former Zero-voters, mostly women, 2 blacks, 2 latinos, older women, a poney-tail dude - even a regular white guy like me! The main points they kept making, in down to earth real life ways: He promised change, but...
  • This email is going around(Obama Campaign email)

    09/26/2012 11:53:19 AM PDT · by matt04 · 26 replies
    Obama Campaign email
    If you think your $5 isn't enough to make a difference in this campaign, take a minute to read the letter below -- it's officially gone viral among campaign staff (with the sender's permission). The most powerful thing about making a donation is that you're joining more than 3 million other Americans who believe ordinary people should decide this election. It adds up. And it depends on each of us doing our part: Thanks, Jeremy Jeremy Bird National Field Director Obama for America -------------- Dear President Obama, I'm writing to tell you about the $15 my family just donated...
  • Pelosi: If Dems Win the House, I'll Pass Jobs Bill, DISCLOSE Act

    09/22/2012 9:33:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The National Journal's Influence Alley ^ | September 20, 2012 | Erin Mershon and Elahe Izadi
    In the off chance that Democrats take back the House in November, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has dreamed up quite a busy first day for her return to the Speaker's podium. After laying out the Democrats' path back to the House Thursday, Pelosi ticked off a bold list of the achievements she most wants to see on day one - including perhaps, a constitutional amendment. First and foremost was a jobs bill, based largely on President Obama's, she said. Second on the list was passing the DISCLOSE Act, a bill introduced in 2010 that would effectively overturn the Supreme Court's...
  • Media ignore anti-Obama Dems

    09/12/2012 7:04:48 PM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2012 | Cheri Jacobus
    A 2008 Obama voter crushed under the Obama economy proclaims, “Obama says a lot of things, but his actions are often different.” Another says, “Obama’s a great con-artist.” Yet another: “I think he just wanted to get up there and show off.” An immigrant Obama 2008 voter on ObamaCare: “This is the type of thing my father was trying to get away from in communist Eastern Europe.” A woman in tears talks about her family’s situation: “This is the limit. We gotta go by the budget.” Another: “I fear for my children.” “Smoke and mirrors.” Regarding the country, and one...
  • Obama Calls for Amendment Limiting Free-Speech Rights

    08/30/2012 12:01:02 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 88 replies
    Obama Calls for Amendment Limiting Free-Speech Rights By Matt Cover August 30, 2012 ( – President Barack Obama endorsed a constitutional amendment that would restrict the free-speech rights of political activist groups by overturning the Supreme Court decision in the landmark Citizens United v FEC case that granted First Amendment rights to corporations. “Over the longer term, I think we need to seriously consider mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United,” Obama wrote during a question and answer session on the website Reddit on Wednesday. “Even if the amendment process falls short, it can shine a spotlight of...
  • Obama, on Reddit, proposed overturning Citizens United

    08/29/2012 7:09:58 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    In the middle of a rambling conversation on the website Reddit on Wednesday afternoon, President Obama proposed the idea of a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2-year-old Citizens United decision. Obama suggested that an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution would “shine a spotlight” on the after-effects of the decision, which paved the way for today’s unlimited political expenditures by political action committees.
  • Stars of ‘Occupy Unmasked’ Threatened with ‘Legitimate Rape’ Ahead of RNC Premiere

    08/27/2012 3:08:10 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 9 replies ^ | 08/27/12 | Alexander Marlow
    The CEO of Breitbart News and Andrew Breitbart's life-long friend Larry Solov said, "From day one, Andrew understood intuitively that the Occupy Movement was being orchestrated by sinister forces to wage class warfare in an attempt to divide Americans. He was not the kind of person to sit back and allow that to happen, nor would he allow the media to obscure their hateful agenda." If you want to know why Andrew Breitbart wanted the film “Occupy Unmasked” made, look no further than this email:
  • Coloradan's Critique Of Citizens United Letter to Senator Udall Of Citizens United

    06/21/2012 5:41:14 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 4 replies
    email | 6/20/2012 | Thomas Durbin
    June 20, 2012 Senator Mark Udall United States Senate Suite SH-328 Senate Hart Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Udall: I read your guest commentary in the June 19, 2012 Denver Post. You say you believe in ‘truly democratic elections about ideas, debates and a choice…’. You went on to say that Citizens United ‘marked a sea change in American electoral politics when it opened the door to millionaires and corporate entities funneling unlimited, secret contributions into our presidential elections.’ I was not happy with Citizens United, but I recognized it for what it was…the Supreme Court’s attempt at...
  • Karl Rove's grand slam (Leftist crying in his Schlitz beer over fundraising)

    06/06/2012 7:03:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 31, 2012 | Brent Budowsky
    It is far too early to predict the election returns for November. Forecasts today are subject to dramatic change based on events yet to happen, but: If the election were held today I now believe Mitt Romney and the Republicans would win it because more of their voters would be motivated to vote and more of their large donors are motivated to donate. Romney would win the White House with a narrow victory. Democrats would gain House seats but fall short of regaining control. Even if Senate Democrats retain nominal control they would not be able to pass significant legislation...
  • Citizens' Agenda: Is corporate personhood an important election issue for you? (New Haven barf)

    06/04/2012 5:27:26 PM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 4 replies
    The New Haven Register ^ | June 4, 2012 | Register Staff
    As part of our Citizens' Agenda project, we are asking voters which issues matter the most to you in Election 2012. Reporters will be assigned to the top issues you help identify in the survey below. ... The New Haven Board of Aldermen's Human Services Committee in May voted in favor of a resolution calling on Congress and the Connecticut General Assembly to support repeal of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission. The full board votes at 7 tonight at City Hall, 165 Church St.
  • The utterly moronic "Peoples Rights Amendment"

    04/21/2012 7:07:38 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 27 replies ^ | 4-20-2012 | Stephen Bainbridge
    " friend and colleague Eugene Volokh makes much the same point in his usual erudite way: So just as Congress could therefore ban the speech of nonmedia business corporations, it could ban publications by corporate-run newspapers and magazines — which I think includes nearly all such newspapers and magazines in the country (and for good reason, since organizing a major publications as a partnership or sole proprietorship would make it much harder for it to get investors and to operate). Nor does this proposal leave room for the possibility, in my view dubious, that the Free Press Clause would protect...
  • Was “Citizens United” an activist Supreme Court decision?

    03/09/2012 9:56:28 AM PST · by Chuckmorse · 16 replies
    A Whig Manifesto ^ | March 12, 2012 | Chuck Morse
    The simple answer is no, the Citizens United decision was not an activist Supreme Court decision. The Citizens United decision upheld the principle that organized groups, whether they are corporations, unions, or for that matter groups such as the National Organization of Women, a corporation, have the right to engage in political speech and political activism in the form of supporting candidates and causes with money and in-kind support. Citizens United upheld the Constitutional principle of the right to assemble and to seek redress of grievances. By rendering their decision, the Supreme Court upheld the right of any group, which...
  • McCain Blasts GOP Super PACs, Calls Supreme Court Ignorant For Citizens United Decision

    02/19/2012 7:16:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 19, 2012 | Josh Feldman
    Senator John McCain appeared on This Week today from Afghanistan, but before getting onto matters of foreign policy, he weighed in on the Republican contest going on in the United States and continued to speak out forcefully on an issue that has been part of his political identity for over a decade: campaign finance reform. McCain has not been the biggest fan of Super PACs, and McCain today blasted the Supreme Court for its decision in the Citizens United case two years ago. When Jake Tapper asked McCain about how the GOP’s divisive contest may end up handing the election...