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  • How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board

    06/10/2016 9:04:44 AM PDT · by fision · 25 replies
    ABC GMA ^ | 6/10/2016 | ABC News
    ABC Breaking News Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff. The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall” the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later. Copies of dozens of internal emails were provided to ABC News by the conservative political group Citizens...
  • Hillary Aide Mysteriously Emailed in 2009 That Clinton ‘Had a Disaster’

    10/08/2016 11:47:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 5, 2016 | Alex Griswold
    In a 2009 email recently declassified and released by Citizens United, longtime Hillary Clinton aide and confidante Huma Abedin told a Clinton Foundation executive that there was an unspecified “disaster” involving the then-Secretary of State. ‘Where are you,” read the subject line of an email from the foundation’s Doug Band. “I’m with her, we had a disaster,” Abedin emailed back. “U?”(continued)
  • FEC commissioner warns Dems are gunning for conservative media

    09/08/2016 6:50:21 AM PDT · by detective · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/7/16 | Paul Bedard
    A key Federal Election Commission Republican warned Wednesday that liberals are moving aggressively to "amend the First Amendment" so that conservatives are silenced and businesses are chased "out of the democracy." In some the toughest criticism leveled at Democrats, Commissioner Lee E. Goodman said that the attack started once the Tea Party changed American politics in the 2010 election and now dominates the politics of the Left. "It has triggered a very aggressive movement by people to amend the First Amendment, left intellectuals have placed it on the table," Goodman said on Boston's Howie Carr show.
  • Trump enlists veteran operative David Bossie as deputy campaign manager

    09/01/2016 3:52:16 PM PDT · by MichelleWSC3 · 80 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/01/2016 | Robert Costa
    David N. Bossie, the veteran conservative operative who has investigated the Clintons for more than two decades, has been named Donald Trump’s deputy campaign manager. The Republican presidential nominee revealed his hire in a phone call with The Washington Post. "A friend of mine for many years," Trump said, speaking from his office in New York. "Solid. Smart. Loves politics, knows how to win." Bossie participated Thursday in strategy sessions at Trump Tower in New York where he was introduced to campaign aides and Trump associates, according to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. ADVERTISING Conway said Bossie would be assisting...
  • Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies

    08/27/2016 7:01:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 27, 2016 | Jonathan Karl , Devin Dwyer and BENJAMIN SIEGEL ·
    A series of newly released State Department emails obtained by ABC News offers fresh insight on direct contact between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's inner circle while she was Secretary of State. The emails -– released as part of a public records lawsuit by conservative group Citizens United and shared exclusively with ABC -- reveal what the group claims is new evidence Foundation allies received special treatment. In one December 2010 email chain with Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band offers names for a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled for...
  • Hillary’s Strange Security Adviser (more pay to play)

    07/01/2016 7:51:03 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies ^ | Kimberley A. Strassel
    Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been forced to acknowledge over the past week that the former secretary of state did not, as she had claimed, turn over all her work-related email to the State Department. The new story is that her deletion of these emails was an oversight. Team Clinton is hoping therefore that you won’t hear the story of Rajiv K. Fernando, which would suggest the oversight tale to be yet another untruth. Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of Mr. Fernando, because you arguably never should have. Mr. Fernando is a one-time Chicago securities trader who in July...
  • Judge Expands Investigation into Hillary Clinton’s Dealings with Foundation Donors

    06/29/2016 2:37:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 29, 2016 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the State Department to produce the e-mail records of Hillary Clinton’s scheduler during her tenure as secretary of state, expanding an investigation being pursued by conservative nonprofit Citizens United into the overlap between Clinton’s official travel and her meetings with foreign Clinton Foundation donors. Citizens United is slated to receive all e-mails sent to and from Lona Valmoro, Clinton’s State Department scheduler, in the two-week periods before each of 14 international trips Clinton took during her four years in office. David Bossie, president of Citizens United, hopes to confirm suspicions that Clinton maintained an...
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Money in Politics

    06/26/2016 9:43:23 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 20 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 23, 2016 | Sean McElwee
    The 2016 presidential election will be the second since the court’s disastrous Citizens United decision and the first without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act in place. That means big donors will have more sway over elected officials to dictate the agenda. Already the wealthy are pouring money into the election: Politico reports that the 67 biggest donors, who have each given a million dollars or more have donated three times more than 508,000 small donors combined. A new report from Every Voice Center finds that individuals living in 1 percent of the nation’s zip codes (equal to...
  • Watchdog Accuses State Department of Slow-Rolling Release of Chelsea Clinton Emails

    06/23/2016 4:20:50 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 23, 2016 | Alana Goodman
    Citizens United: 'The public has a right to inspect these emails before November' A watchdog group asked a federal court on Thursday to order the State Department to expedite its release of Chelsea Clinton-related records, arguing that at the current rate it would take the department 38 years to produce all the documents. Citizens United has been suing the State Department to turn over correspondence between department officials and Chelsea Clinton, who used the pseudonym “Diane Reynolds” in many of her emails. It is also asking for emails between State Department officials and the Clinton family’s long-time aides Amitabh Desai,...
  • How Clinton Donor Got on Sensitive Intelligence Board

    06/10/2016 6:09:55 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 10, 2016 | Matthew Mosk Brian Ross CHO PARK
    Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff. The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall” the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later. Copies of dozens of internal emails were provided to ABC News by the conservative political group Citizens United, which obtained...
  • John McCain: Arizona’s sellout senator is the godfather of dark money

    06/10/2016 6:35:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    KTAR News ^ | 11 May, 2016 | DARIN DAMME
    U.S. Sen. John McCain wrote the rules on dark money when he sponsored campaign finance reform, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act. Now he’s using millions of dollars in dark money in a bid to hold on to his tightly contested Arizona seat. An investigation into the various PACs supporting McCain brought to light some stunning conclusions. First, the vast majority of McCain campaign donations are not from the Arizonans he represents but from people and corporations outside of Arizona with a vested interest in McCain’s continued support and votes for their interests. Second, several of the PACs supporting McCain...
  • Justice Rehnquist’s Opposition to Justice Powell’s Drive To Create “Corporate Speech”

    04/16/2016 9:14:43 PM PDT · by amihow · 3 replies
    American Constitution Society ^ | September 3, 2014 | Jeff Clements
    The Conservative versus the Corporatist: Justice Rehnquist’s Opposition to Justice Powell’s Drive To Create “Corporate Speech” Rights September 3, 2014 Guest Post by Jeff Clements. The writer is the Co-Founder and Board Chair of Free Speech For People and the author of the 2014 updated and expanded edition of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy From Big Money and Global Corporations) In the November 2012 election, the same Montana voters who gave the State’s presidential electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney by a wide margin also approved a ballot initiative that called for a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United...
  • Trump Flat Out Says Cruz ‘Illegally’ Coordinated With Super PACs, Violating Election Law

    04/06/2016 8:10:55 AM PDT · by RideForever · 137 replies
    Law Newz ^ | April 6, 2016 | Rachel Stockman
    In his, shall we say, ‘defeat’ statement following his Wisconsin loss, Donald Trump leveled some pretty heavy accusations at his opponent, Ted Cruz. This time, he’s accusing the Republican presidential hopeful of flat-out violating election law. ... According to, there are 12 pro-Ted Cruz super PACs (independent-expenditure only committees) that have raised millions of dollars. A group called Keep The Promise III has raised the most funds at over $16.5 million. However, to date, we have no evidence that Cruz openly coordinated with these groups, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. The rules on what counts as coordination...
  • 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...
  • (Vanity) When USA 2019 Becomes Spain 1937, Citizen United's Blood Will Be 1st Spilled

    02/17/2016 10:39:49 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 26 replies
    Freep | 2/19/2016 | CharlesOconnell
    Ultra-Left Dems are habituated to derangement about Conservs. Now it's Cruz--Trump' s God-Talk is just old timely Pol, even Chelsea spouts it. Before it was Cruz, it was Sarah Palin Derangement Syndrome, before her it was Dubya Derangement (W). That's just preaching to the Leftist Choir. But Citizens United, now demanding answers about Bubba in N. Korea, that's a SCOTUS Decision, that was the last Dem Senate Majority's focus for overthrowing the 1st Amendment. When leftists finally own up to owning guns, start openly stockpiling and get Bill Ayers to organize national street fighting training, you know Citizens United will...
  • Trump open to campaign finance reform

    01/18/2016 4:29:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Pointing to the effects of "horrible" super-PACs, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Sunday said America needs to come up with a solution to keep big money out of politics. "Well, I think you need it, because I think PACs are a horrible thing," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked if he would pursue campaign finance reform. The billionaire businessman, who said he is self-financing his campaign, said the wall separating super-PACs and candidates running for public office is illusory. "First of all, everyone's dealing with their PAC. You know, it's supposed to be like this...
  • Smoking Gun: Email Suggests Hillary Broke Law [Federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova: "Felony"]

    01/08/2016 9:52:13 AM PST · by GonzoII · 105 replies
    Life Zette ^ | January 8, 2016 @ 11:05 AM | Keith Koffler
    The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department early Friday contain what may be the smoking gun that forces the Justice Department to charge the former secretary of state with a crime, according to former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova. "This is gigantic," said diGenova. "She caused to be removed a classified marking and then had it transmitted in an unencrypted manner. That is a felony. The removal of the classified marking is a federal crime. It is the same thing to order someone to do it as if she had done it herself." On the June...
  • Bernie Sanders: My SCOTUS choice will overturn Citizens United

    01/25/2016 10:48:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Do you know how the Supreme Court works? I want to try to give Bernie Sanders the benefit of the doubt here, but he’s not making it easy. Maybe he just meant that some case will inevitably be on the docket involving Citizens United, since liberals have rarely been more incensed about anything. Maybe he just meant, er . . . help me here, I really don’t know how to explain this one away. It really sounds to me like the guy, who is after all a United States Senator, has no earthly idea how the Supreme Court works: Any...
  • Citizens United sues for Chelsea Clinton emails

    01/14/2016 11:49:33 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | January 14, 2016 | Josh Gerstein
    The conservative group Citizens United filed a lawsuit Thursday demanding access to emails Chelsea Clinton exchanged with five top aides to her mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while she served as secretary of state. The Freedom of Information Act suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, also seeks emails in State Department files from three other key figures in the Clinton orbit: Clinton Foundation foreign policy chief Amitabh Desai, aide to President Bill Clinton Justin Cooper, and manager of the Clinton's Chappaqua, N.Y. home, Oscar Flores. Citizens United President David Bossie said that the group wants Chelsea Clinton's...
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump [38.6%], Ted Cruz [32.9%] Dominate Citizens United Poll

    12/10/2015 2:30:56 PM PST · by conservativejoy · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/10/2015 | Mike Flynn
    Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)97% dominate a new poll of conservative activists, commissioned by Citizens United. Trump leads the Republican field with 38.6 percent support, followed closely by Cruz, who had the support of 32.9 percent of poll respondents. Together, the two outsider candidates command more than 70 percent support from grass roots activists. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL0 80% was a very distant third, with just 10.2 percent support. "In the latest Citizens United membership presidential poll , 50 days before the Iowa Caucus , anti-establishment conservatives are carrying the day. Since our last poll in...
  • Why Congress needs to keep probing the Clinton cash register

    10/28/2015 9:46:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-28-15 | David Bossie
    The former first couple have been co-mingling public and personal business for years. Now that Hillary Clinton's much anticipated Congressional testimony is in the House Select Committee on Benghazi's rear view mirror, they can move toward completing its investigation and completing a final report.
  • Feds Preparing to Undo ‘Citizens United’ by Forcing Disclosure of Donors to Conservative Groups

    10/27/2015 7:26:42 AM PDT · by Twotone · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Oct. 26, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Two words that make foes of the First Amendment go crazy: Citizens" and "United." Citizens United was the Supreme Court case that ruled the First Amendment applies to everyone: unions, individuals, and corporations supporting their interests through free speech. But the Federal Election Commission has started the process to undo the Citizens United case - and only one day remains for Americans to provide comments asking the FEC to respect the First Amendment.
  • Clinton Aide Shared Classified Information With Foundation, Email Shows

    09/28/2015 5:20:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 30 replies
    Washington Beacon ^ | September 38, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    A member of Hillary Clinton’s staff at the Department of State emailed classified information about the government in Congo to a staffer at the Clinton Foundation in 2012, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, sent the email to the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, Amitabh Desai, on July 12, 2012. The message, which was originally obtained by the group Citizens United through a public records request, is partially redacted because it includes “foreign government information” that has been classified as “Confidential” by the...
  • Bill is a way to boost Latino political power

    09/29/2015 6:14:41 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 28, 2015 | Cristóbal Alex
    Every American has the right to make his or her voice heard. Sadly, 50 years after the passage of the nation’s most important voting law, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, millions of Americans continue to be silenced at the voting booth because of a deadly one-two punch to our democracy – attacks on voting rights and an explosion of unlimited political spending in our elections.
  • The Real Reason Hillary Clinton Wants To Overturn 'Citizens United'

    09/22/2015 9:54:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 22, 2015 | George Leef
    Hillary Clinton’s stumbling campaign for the White House is geared to take advantage of voter ignorance at every turn: ignorance about the government’s ability to promote prosperity, ignorance about the impact of minimum wage laws, ignorance about the damage done by her policies while serving as Secretary of State, and – the point of this piece – ignorance about the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Leftist politicians from Barack Obama down have created a mythology that Citizens United was a disastrous decision because it allows big, rich, right-wing corporations to buy our elections. Hillary...
  • Court ruling may spell the end of Montana’s limits on campaign contributions

    09/02/2015 9:49:30 PM PDT · by This_far · 12 replies ^ | Sep 01, 2015 | Mike Dennison
    HELENA - Montana’s long-standing dollar-limits on campaign contributions may be in jeopardy, as a federal appeals court Tuesday reaffirmed its earlier ruling that the limits must meet new, stricter standards. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from the state to rehear the case, sending it back to a federal judge in Helena to use the stricter standard to decide whether Montana’s limits are constitutional. An attorney opposing the limits said the ruling means the limits likely will be thrown out by the judge as an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.
  • A Scandal-Plagued Administration

    08/29/2015 9:57:03 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 33 replies
    Commentary ^ | 08.26.2015 | Noah Rothman
    It was particularly revealing when David Axelrod explained that, of all his accomplishments in Barack Obama’s White House, he was proudest of the fact that “there hasn’t been a major scandal.” The qualifier “major” lays the burden on shoulders of the press to define what constitutes a serious scandal, and political media had thus far reliably covered the administration’s ethical lapses as merely the peculiar obsessions of addlebrained conservatives. Surely, much of the political establishment in Washington nodded along with Axelrod as he patted himself on the back. A mere seven months later, though, and it is clear now that...
  • Democratic Party Lags In Money Before Presidential Year

    08/28/2015 9:42:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies ^ | August 28, 2015 | Julie Bykowicz
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Democratic National Committee barely has more cash than it does IOUs, and it is being outraised month after month by its Republican competitor.
  • Trump Gives a Glimpse of the Golden Arrow Targeted Toward McConnell/Donohue’s Achilles Heel...

    08/15/2015 11:32:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 129 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | August 15, 2015 | Sundance
    First, an admission: I have seriously underestimated Donald Trump. After spending more than three years tracking the construct of the GOPe strategy to elect Jeb Bush, and having lost the most single important battle in May 2014 to stop it, I was deflated and disenfranchised. Few were willing to accept the road-map and sheer level of Machiavellian strategy deployed by the professional political class. Every single prediction (tripwire) which stems from understanding the construct was triggered in the exact sequence. We resigned ourselves to the outlook that Tom Donohue, Mitch McConnell and their team were going to pull it off....
  • Hillary Jokes About Emails, Says She ‘Won’t Get Down in the Mud’ with GOP

    08/15/2015 11:55:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 15, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    Hillary Clinton joked about her private email server and insisted that Benghazi had nothing to do with her record as secretary of State at Iowa’s Democratic Wing Ding Dinner on Friday evening. “By the way, you may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves,” Clinton quipped near the beginning of the dinner. This past week, the inspector general for the intelligence community determined that there was top secret information in just a minute sampling of the 30,000 emails on her private server turned over to the...
  • Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”

    07/31/2015 9:37:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    The Intercept/First Look Media ^ | July 30 2015, 7:09 p.m. | Jon Schwarz
    Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.” Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United. …
  • Judge: Citizens United Must Disclose Donor Information to NY

    07/27/2015 8:42:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    ABCNews ^ | July 27, 2015
    Judge: Citizens United Must Disclose Donor Information to NY NEW YORK — Jul 27, 2015 A nonprofit conservative organization advocating for less government must disclose information about its major donors to New York's attorney general if it wants to solicit money in the state, a judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Sidney Stein said it appeared that Citizens United will not succeed in a lawsuit it brought on First Amendment grounds to try to block disclosures of the information to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, including names, addresses and the total contributions of major donors. The judge noted that there is...
  • 19 Facts On IRS Targeting President Obama Can't Blame On Republicans

    07/23/2015 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2015 | By Robert W. Wood
    On The Daily Show, President Obama blamed Republicans for the IRS scandal: “You’ve got this back office, and they’re going after the Tea Party. Well, it turned out, no, Congress had passed a crummy law that didn’t give people guidance in terms of what it was they were trying to do. They did it poorly and stupidly. The truth of the matter is that there was not some big conspiracy there. They were trying to sort out these conflicting demands. You don’t want all this money pouring through non-for- profits, but you also want to make sure everybody is being...
  • Major Changes Needed After Supreme Court Strikes Down John Doe Abuse

    07/22/2015 2:16:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Maciver Institute ^ | July 22, 2015 | James Wigderson
    "I think the word 'freedom' came out of my mouth because I saw it in front of me. I saw the freedom that we were looking for. And every person was sharing it, and so that word came out." - Richie Havens, Rolling Stone interview The state Supreme Court announced Thursday a four to two decision to end the "second John Doe," the coordinated secret investigation, political in nature, into the issue-advocacy activities of Wisconsin conservatives. July 16, 2015, should be commemorated in Wisconsin as holiday celebrating the return of the First Amendment. It is a long-established practice of so-called...
  • Study Proves Koch-Addicted Media Are Big Fat Liars About Outside Money In Politics

    07/13/2015 9:26:23 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    b ^ | 07/13/2015 | John Nolte
    As we all remember, the media completely freaked out after the Supreme Court decided Citizens United in favor of free speech. Taking aim primarily at the right-leaning Koch Brothers, the media posed as defenders of democracy against the corrupting influence of outside money in politics. As usual, the facts prove that the media are big fat liars. Although legions of left-wing corporations like NBC News, Politico, MSNBC, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, The Washington Post, LA Times, NPR, PBS, Univision, Comedy Central, MTV, HBO, and ESPN spend billions of dollars pushing a political agenda 24/7, the left-wing media want a...
  • Carter: ‘Stupid’ Supreme Court Ruling Turned America into ‘Plutocracy’

    07/11/2015 3:42:08 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 23 replies
    Breibart ^ | 7/9/2015 | pam key
    Wednesday on “The Stephanie Miller Show,” former President Jimmy Carter said because of the “stupid” Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United case, America has become a “plutocracy.” Carter said, “The basic structure of our moral values of the framework of our democracy has gone down the drain in the last twenty years or so and it’s now become pretty much a plutocracy where money determines who will be the Democratic and Republican nominees. Money determines who will win election for Congress or for the U.S. Senate or for the governorship And the massive infusion of money that has come...
  • Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption

    06/28/2015 7:03:08 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 51 replies
    TIME ^ | June 26, 2015 | By Gary Hart
    Welcome to the age of vanity politics and campaigns-for-hire. What would our founders make of this nightmare? Four qualities have distinguished republican government from ancient Athens forward: the sovereignty of the people; a sense of the common good; government dedicated to the commonwealth; and resistance to corruption. Measured against the standards established for republics from ancient times, the American Republic is massively corrupt. From Plato and Aristotle forward, corruption was meant to describe actions and decisions that put a narrow, special, or personal interest ahead of the interest of the public or commonwealth. Corruption did not have to stoop to...
  • CU’s Bossie Says Trump’s 2nd Place Showing in Poll Shows Base ‘Desperately Looking for Leadership’

    06/24/2015 5:51:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 24, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Citizens United chief David Bossie says the Fox News poll released on Wednesday reinforces results his organization obtained in a survey of its own. The Fox poll shows Donald Trump in second place among 2016 Republican presidential contenders, and Bossie calls that a clear sign that “the conservative movement that makes up the Republican party voter base is desperately looking for leadership.” The stunning new Fox News poll shows Jeb Bush in the lead with the support of 15 percent of likely Republican primary voters, but Trump is right behind him in second...
  • Meet Cody Shearer, the Strangest Character in Hillary’s Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy

    06/01/2015 4:16:48 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/1/2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    And you thought Sidney Blumenthal was shady. Few people have heard of Cody Shearer, the unsanctioned diplomat, private eye, and Clinton flunky whose name surfaced in connection with the so-called intelligence reports Sidney Blumenthal was channeling to Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department. But this shadowy fixture of the Clinton machine was everywhere in the 1990s — including war-torn Bosnia, where he became the subject of a State Department investigation after he represented himself as an agent of the U.S. government and took cash from a genocidal warlord. Now evidence suggests Shearer, working with his partner Blumenthal,...
  • Unbelievable: SHADY Nigerian official gave MILLIONS to Clinton Foundation while Hillary...

    06/12/2015 9:32:16 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 6/11/15 | soopermexican
    Unbelievable: SHADY Nigerian official gave MILLIONS to Clinton Foundation while Hillary COVERED for BOKO HARAM The Hillary scandals are getting so bad that it really does seem like we’re making them up, but we’re not. The latest is an attempt to solve the mystery behind why the government was so late to designating Boko Haram a “terrorist organization.” Unbelievably, it might have to do with a million dollar donor to the Clinton Foundation and his possible terrorist ties: A conservative group is suing the State Department in an effort to find out whether the agency’s refusal to place Boko Haram...
  • Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

    06/07/2015 12:19:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    At least one small slice of the American public looks forward to the non-stop, sleazy political advertisements set to inundate viewers during the 2016 elections: media executives and their investors. Peter Liguori, the chief executive of Tribune Company, said earlier this month that the next presidential campaign presents “enormous opportunity” for advertising sales. Speaking at a conference hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase, Liguori, whose company owns television stations, referenced Super PAC spending as a key factor for why he thinks Tribune Co. political advertising revenue will rocket from $115 million in 2012 to about $200 million for the 2016 campaign...
  • How the Money Primary Is Undermining Voting Rights

    05/21/2015 7:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Nation ^ | The June 8, 2015 Issue | Ari Berman
    Fifty years ago, African-Americans were denied the right to vote. Now the vast majority of Americans are being denied the rightful value of their vote.In November 1963, Evelyn Butts, a seamstress and mother of three from Norfolk, Virginia,
filed the first lawsuit in federal court challenging her state’s $1.50 poll tax. Annie Harper, a retired domestic worker from Fairfax County, filed a companion suit five months later. In March 1966, the Supreme Court overruled two previous decisions and overturned Virginia’s poll tax, stating that economic status could not be an obstacle to casting a ballot. “Fee payments or wealth, like race,...

    05/16/2015 3:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | May 15, 2015 | CARSON HOLLOWAY
    According to the Washington Post, Hillary Clinton told a group of her fundraisers that she will have a litmus test for her nominees to the Supreme Court (if she should win the presidency): they will have to agree with her that the 2010 Citizens United ruling must be overturned.  In that ruling the Supreme Court held that corporations have First Amendment rights to engage in political speech and to spend money on such speech.  In making her pledge, Mrs. Clinton follows Bernie Sanders, who is also running for president.If Republican critics of Mrs. Clinton wanted to be demagogues about it,...
  • How Money Runs Our Politics

    05/16/2015 12:10:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | May 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Drew
    With each election come innovations in ways that the very rich donate and the candidates collect and spend increasingly large amounts of money on campaigns. And with each decision on campaign financing the current Supreme Court’s conservative majority, with Chief Justice John Roberts in the lead, removes some restrictions on money in politics. We are now at the point where, practically speaking, there are no limits on how much money an individual, a corporation, or a labor union can give to a candidate for federal office (though the unions can hardly compete). Today a presidential candidate has to have two...
  • I flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol Lawn to save our democracy

    05/15/2015 9:23:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 15, 2015 | Doug Hughes
    When I return to Washington for my arraignment in federal court this week, it will be by car, not gyrocopter. My flying days are over, perhaps forever. Accepting responsibility for my actions means I accept their consequences, which I always took seriously. As my freedom rests in the court’s hands, my hope is that Americans will understand why I took the risk to deliver them a message: We the people must pay attention to democracy. Everyone is entitled to an opinion about my flight over the Mall last month, but I did not commit this peaceful protest thoughtlessly. The most...
  • The Obama Administration Could Limit Secretive Political Ads Before 2016. Will It?

    05/05/2015 2:08:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | May 5, 2015 | by Dana Liebelson
    Congressional Democrats are pressuring President Barack Obama's FCC to require super PACs and other secretive groups that buy political advertisements to disclose their major funders in those ads. Along with consumer advocates and a former FCC commissioner, some Democrats contend that the agency doesn't need congressional authorization to force super PAC donors to reveal their identities. But it's unclear whether the agency's top dog will have the appetite to act in the face of stiff Republican opposition. Last week, House Democrats introduced the Keeping Our Campaigns Honest (KOCH) act, a not-so-subtle jab at the billionaire Koch brothers, whose political network...
  • John McCain Lashes Out at Judicial Watch over Damning IRS Doc Release

    04/28/2015 12:13:33 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 83 replies
    PJMedia ^ | April 27, 2015 - 2:19 pm | Debra Heine
    The IRS documents released by the government watchdog group on April 9 revealed that the senator, along with Senator Carl Levin, pressured the agency to go after political nonprofits – which turned out to be overwhelmingly conservative non-profits.. A May 1, 2013, email exchange between Lois Lerner and other top IRS staffers revealed that 11 days prior to Lerner’s admission in a ABA meeting that the IRS had “inappropriately” targeted conservative groups, she met with select top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by both Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen....
  • Small helicopter lands on Capitol lawn prompting lockdowns for Capitol, White House

    04/15/2015 11:12:46 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 81 replies
    NewsChannel 8 ^ | 04-15-2015
    WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A small helicopter has landed on the Capitol's West Front in D.C. and the pilot was taken into custody. The Capitol building and the White House are currently under lockdown. More details to come...
  • Every time some Libtard brings up "Citizens United vs. FTC" ~Vanity

    04/10/2015 5:06:24 PM PDT · by GraceG · 11 replies
    Every-time some schmuck seminar caller calls into a conservative talk show whining about "Citizens United" and whines about how ' Businesses and Corporations are not "people" and shouldn't be able to contribute to political campaigns.' I really want to tell the moron that neither are Unions by their twisted criteria and that if they want to remove that right of Businesses to have a say in politics they should also remove the rights unions have in political contributions as well.
  • Ted Cruz super PACs: A new era of political fundraising

    04/09/2015 6:33:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | MJ Lee and Jeremy Diamond
    Ted Cruz backers have ushered in a new era for super PACs. Supporters of the Texas Republican presidential candidate made a bombshell announcement this week — that a network of four affiliated super PACs will have raised an eye-popping $31 million by the end of the week. The disclosure, coming within weeks of Cruz launching his campaign for president, has sent deep ripples through the political fundraising world. The idea of not one, but multiple, affiliated super PACs ostensibly working together to haul in donations for the same presidential candidate is unprecedented, campaign finance experts say. Veteran fundraisers point out...