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  • The HR 1 'Incumbent Protection Act' destroys free elections

    02/03/2019 1:02:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 31, 2019 | Adam Brandon
    Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., represents arguably the most gerrymandered congressional district in the country, and he wants to keep it that way. His latest piece of legislation, H.R. 1 “For the People Act,” would force taxpayers to fund congressional campaigns. Congress has a knack for naming legislation after its opposite intended effect. If you’ve spent more than a weekend in Washington, you know that a bill named “For the People” is likely a far cry from actually benefiting the public. The “Incumbent Protection Act” would be a more fitting name for this piece of legislation. Forcing citizens to fund political...
  • SF supervisor takes a costly stand on public financing

    09/20/2011 10:10:13 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 9/20/11 | Melissa Griffin
    Supervisor Sean Elsbernd asked his colleague Jane Kim a worthwhile question at Monday’s Rules Committee meeting: “What is more important to [our] communities? Having dollars available for services? Or standing on a principle that has been deemed unconstitutional?” Kim, for the record, prefers the latter, but we’ll get back to that. The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down part of Arizona’s system of publicly financing candidates for office. And it just so happens that San Francisco’s local public financing system basically has that same unlawful provision. So, Supervisors Elsbernd and Mark Farrell have proposed a perfectly rational solution: remove the...
  • S.F is about to get schooled in public financing

    08/18/2011 1:00:31 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/18/11 | C.W. Nevius
    It would be safe to say that many San Franciscans don't understand public financing. John St. Croix, executive director of the Ethics Commission, says potential political candidates literally walk into the office and ask for some public financing funds, please. "And they expect to walk out with a check," St. Croix says. It's not that easy. But it isn't very hard either. Raise $25,000 and you get $50,000. Scare up $100,000 and you get a 4 to 1 match for $400,000. No wonder there are 16 candidates for mayor. It's political happy hour. The idea of public financing is a...
  • Justices strike down taxpayer-supported campaign spending law

    06/27/2011 9:55:53 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 2 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 06/27/2011 | Bill Mears
    The Supreme Court has tossed out an Arizona law that provides extra taxpayer-funded support for office seekers who have been outspent by privately funded opponents or by independent political groups. A conservative 5-4 majority of justices on Monday said the law violated free speech, concluding the state was impermissibly trying to "level the playing field" through a public finance system. Arizona lawmakers had argued there was a compelling state interest in equalizing resources among competing candidates and interest groups. The cases are McComish v. Bennett (10-239) and Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett (10-238).
  • Fix public campaign financing by ending it

    04/13/2011 12:52:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 4/13/11 | Editor
    In 2008, candidate Barack Obama didn’t just ask for donations. His website asked donors to “declare their independence from a broken system by supporting the first presidential election truly funded by the people.” At the time, no one expected that by “the people” he meant a bunch of millionaires, but this is the conclusion we draw from Obama’s latest campaign initiative. Politico reported last week that Obama, having raised three-quarters of a billion dollars in his 2008 race, is now seeking out 400 elite campaign cash bundlers to raise $700,000 apiece for his 2012 re-election. If the plan succeeds, it...
  • House votes to end public financing

    01/26/2011 4:16:28 PM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/26/2011 | Simmi Aujla
    The House passed a GOP-sponsored bill to end public financing for presidential campaigns Wednesday. Ten Democrats, most of them Blue Dogs, joined Republicans in the vote. The bill suspends a 35-year-old program that lets taxpayers direct $3 to a general fund in the Treasury when they file their taxes, without reducing their refund. Republicans say ending the option would save $617 million over 10 years without preventing individuals from making personal donations to any candidate or party. “The American people don’t need, or want, the government acting as their campaign finance intermediary to political candidates,” Georgia Rep. Tom Graves said...
  • Ground Zero Mosque center may get public financing

    08/27/2010 3:57:14 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters/Daily Caller ^ | 8-27-10 | Joan Gralia
    The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy. The Democratic comptroller’s spokesman, Scott Sieber, said Liu supported the project. The center has sparked an intense debate over U.S. religious freedoms and the sanctity of the Trade Center site, where nearly 3,000 perished in the September 11, 2001 attack. “If it turns out to be financially feasible and if they can demonstrate an ability to pay off the bonds and comply...
  • Ground Zero Muslim Center May Get Public Financing

    08/27/2010 2:26:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 67 replies ^ | August 27, 2010 | Joan Gralla
    (Reuters) - The Muslim center planned near the site of the World Trade Center attack could qualify for tax-free financing, a spokesman for City Comptroller John Liu said on Friday, and Liu is willing to consider approving the public subsidy.
  • Supreme Court blocks Arizona public finance money

    06/08/2010 4:36:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 89+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 6/8/10 | Dan Walters
    As California voters decided today whether to approve an experiment in public financing of campaigns, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked Arizona from distributing money to candidates under its system, a model for California's Proposition 15. Proposition 15, if approved today, would create a pilot program in public campaign financing, initially involving only the secretary of state's office in 2014 and using funds from a new $375 per year registration fee on the Capitol's 1,000-plus lobbyists. Arizona has a more advanced public campaign financing system called "Clean Elections." A federal judge overturned it, but the 9th District Court of Appeal approved...
  • Canada's Conservative Overreach

    12/07/2008 7:57:25 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 5 replies · 672+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 7, 2008 | Mary Anastasia O'Grady
    On Oct. 14 Stephen Harper won re-election as Canada's prime minister. In most modern liberal democracies that would be interpreted as a voter preference for Mr. Harper's leadership to continue. But soon after election day, Canada's hard-left New Democratic Party and the separatist Bloc Quebecois Party began plotting to overthrow the PM in Parliament. And last week, with the help of the Liberal Party, they tried to schedule a vote of no-confidence to carry out their plan. A demonstrator in Vancouver, Dec. 6. Mr. Harper fought back by appealing to the governor general for permission to suspend Parliament until Jan....
  • Karl Rove: McCain Couldn't Compete With Obama's [Crooked] Money

    12/04/2008 9:32:02 AM PST · by lewisglad · 145 replies · 3,377+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 3, 2008, 11:28 P.M. ET | Karl Rove
    If money talks, we'll likely soon hear the real reason why Barack Obama beat John McCain. Both men and the national parties will report to the Federal Election Commission today how much money they raised in October and November. And what the numbers will probably show is that Mr. Obama outspent Mr. McCain by the biggest margin in history, perhaps a quarter of a billion dollars. It's been reported that the Obama campaign accepted donations from untraceable, pre-paid debit cards used by Daffy Duck, Bart Simpson, Family Guy, King Kong and other questionable characters. If the FEC follows up with...
  • Overturn McCain-Feingold Immediately! (Vanity)

    11/04/2008 9:14:39 PM PST · by DiogenesLaertius · 10 replies · 609+ views
    It's clear that this crappy bill helped us lose this election. Its time to start funding some Republican lawyers to help fund a test-case to overturn this turd of a law and even the playing field against these foreign-financed liberals. Sorry Mac, but you already lost us an election. You're not going to make us lose any more.
  • Do You Think McCain Has Learned Anything? (Vanity)

    10/29/2008 10:06:10 AM PDT · by far sider · 28 replies · 570+ views
    My friends, If John McCain wins this election (and I pray he does), do you think he will have learned any lasting lessons about, oh, say the media, campaign finance regulations, reaching across the aisle....?Just wondering.
  • Campbell Brown: Obama breaks his promise

    10/28/2008 6:46:53 PM PDT · by DrHannibalLecter · 57 replies · 4,122+ views
    CNN ^ | campbell brown
    keep it up campbell! i might reconsider my feelings towards you! :) (CNN) -- You may have heard that Wednesday night Barack Obama will be on five different TV networks speaking directly to the American people. He bought 30 minutes of airtime from the different networks, a very expensive purchase. But hey, he can afford it. Barack Obama is loaded, way more loaded than John McCain, way more loaded than any presidential candidate has ever been at this stage of the campaign. Just to throw a number out: He has raised well over $600 million since the start of his...
  • Analysis: Obama money dooms current public finance

    10/19/2008 3:36:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies · 1,046+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2008 | JIM KUHNHENN
    When the Democratic presidential candidate reneged on his pledge to take public financing for the general election, campaign watchdog groups and newspaper editorialists pounced. They all hoped he would help salvage a broken campaign finance system. "People will look back at 2008 as the year that Barack Obama once and for all destroyed public financing as we know it," said Todd Harris, a Republican strategist who worked on McCain's 2000 presidential campaign. "It will be very difficult four years from now for any candidate to make the case that they should participate in public financing given the obvious financial advantage...
  • McCain Expresses Concern Over Unfettered Fund Raising [Fox interview]

    10/19/2008 11:26:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies · 1,326+ views
    The Wall Street Journal - Washington Wire ^ | 2008-10-19 | Elizabeth Holmes
    John McCain suggested Sunday that Barack Obama’s record-breaking fund raising was a gateway to corruption. During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Republican nominee expressed concern over the amount of money his Democratic opponent was raising — and spending. Obama brought in a jaw-dropping $150 million in September, eclipsing his past record of $66 million. In talking about the news, McCain repeatedly referred to the Watergate scandal that resulted in the impeachment of former President Richard Nixon. McCain pointed to that incident, which included Republicans breaking into the Democratic National Committee offices, as an example of the kind of...
  • PACs and Lobbyists Aided Obama's Rise - data contrast with his theme [2007]

    09/14/2008 9:58:26 AM PDT · by JavaJumpy · 9 replies · 231+ views
    Boston Globe | August 9, 2007 | Scott Helman
    Good article, link only
  • Bypassing public financing may not be paying off for Obama

    09/09/2008 2:32:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 91+ views
    After months of record-breaking fundraising, a new sense of urgency in Barack Obama’s fundraising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign’s decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon them. (snip) The signs of concern have become evident in recent weeks as early fundraising totals have suggested Mr. Obama’s decision to bypass public financing may not necessarily afford him the commanding financing advantage over John McCain that many had originally predicted. (snip) Meanwhile, the Obama campaign had calculated that with its vaunted fundraising machine, driven by both small contributors over the Internet and...
  • Obama Ticks Off The Times

    07/08/2008 4:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 99+ views ^ | July 8, 2008 | Bill Murchison
    "New and Not Improved," avers everyone's favorite left-wing establishment newspaper, the New York Times, in an editorial page headline. The reference isn't to John McCain. It's to Barack Obama, whom the Times' editorial writers and columnists have been suiting up for sainthood. What's this, then? "[T]here seems to be a new Barack Obama on the hustings," the Times notes dejectedly. First the guy "broke his promise" to stay within public financing limits during the campaign. Then he "abandoned his vow to filibuster an electronic wiretapping bill if it includes an immunity clause for telecommunications," engaging in a "classic, cynical Washington...
  • New and Not Improved (NYT troubled by Obama's flip-flops)

    07/04/2008 4:43:39 AM PDT · by Kleebo151 · 41 replies · 323+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 4th, 2008 | NY Times editorial board
    Senator Barack Obama stirred his legions of supporters, and raised our hopes, promising to change the old order of things. He spoke with passion about breaking out of the partisan mold of bickering and catering to special pleaders, promised to end President Bush’s abuses of power and subverting of the Constitution and disowned the big-money power brokers who have corrupted Washington politics. Now there seems to be a new Barack Obama on the hustings. First, he broke his promise to try to keep both major parties within public-financing limits for the general election. His team explained that, saying he had...