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  • Intelligence committee urged to explain if they withheld crucial NSA document

    08/14/2013 8:21:10 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | August 14, 2013 | Spencer Ackerman
    Critics demands answers from chairman Mike Rogers after claims that committee failed to share document before key vote The leadership of the House intelligence committee is under growing pressure to explain whether it withheld surveillance information from members of Congress before a key vote to renew the Patriot Act. A Republican congressman and government ethics watchdogs are demanding that the powerful panel's chairman, Mike Rogers of Michigan, responds to charges that the panel's leadership failed to share a document prepared by the justice department and intelligence community. The document was explicitly created to inform non-committee members about bulk collection of...
  • Orrin Hatch picks tax breaks over tea party

    08/03/2012 9:20:59 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/3/2012 (updated) | Steven Sloan and Jonathan Allen
    The polite word is pivot. For two years, Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch cozied up to the tea party — scoring perfect ratings from the American Conservative Union — and avoided getting dumped in a primary like former colleague Bob Bennett did in 2010. But now, after winning his late-June Republican primary, Hatch is pushing a bundle of special-interest tax breaks that hard-core conservatives liken to handcuffs on the free market. He wrote the bill with Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and watched Thursday as five of the 11 Republicans on the panel voted to kill it. The bill stops...
  • Terminus Part 2: Divide to Conquer

    04/07/2012 10:51:50 AM PDT · by fporretto · 3 replies
    Liberty's Torch ^ | April 7, 2012 | Francis W. Porretto
    Divide et impera. Divide to conquer. Julius Caesar knew it. He wasn't the first. He's certainly not the last. Robert A. Heinlein made use of the concept in The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress: "Manuel, you wish to see Luna free." "You know I do." "You also know that Terra can defeat us." "Sure. No projection ever gave us anything close to even money. So don't see why you set out to antagonize-- "Please. Since they can inflict their will on us, our only chance lies in weakening their will. That was why we had to go to Terra. To...
  • Democratic lawmakers blast police in U.S. teen killing

    03/27/2012 4:22:57 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 26 replies
    reuters ^ | 3/27/2012 | Donna Smith
    Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday blasted police handling of a racially charged case in which a neighborhood watch volunteer shot dead an unarmed black teenager in Florida, accusing local law enforcement officials of botching the investigation. The lawmakers, speaking at a congressional forum attended by the parents of the slain teenager, called for the immediate arrest of 28-year-old George Zimmerman, the white Hispanic who shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26 in what he said was self-defense. Florida law enforcement officials have faced intense criticism in recent weeks from civil rights activists and others for not arresting Zimmerman, who remains at...
  • Don't muzzle ‘special interests'

    03/26/2012 12:50:40 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 1 replies · 2+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 3-26-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Sometimes, good intentions bring bad results. Such is the case with the so-called Stop Special Interest Money Now initiative – a promise to fix what ails California politics by unconstitutionally muzzling someone else's freedom of speech. What could go wrong? . . . The Stop Special Interest Money Now initiative is another well-intentioned infringement of Americans' basic rights. There is a reason freedom of speech was part of the first amendment to the Constitution. The freedom to speak on political matters, especially when offensive to those in power, was one of the basic rights American revolutionaries fought and died for....
  • A Republican Agenda for Real Change

    10/09/2011 10:07:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 26 replies
    CATO / Forbes ^ | 2011-10-03 | Doug Bandow
    The desperate search for an acceptable Republican Party presidential candidate continues. Republican leaders apparently are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who previously said no, to jump into the race. The GOP's frustration is palpable. Mitt Romney has been running for four years but generates little enthusiasm. Rick Perry was an instant front-runner before losing much of his support after unimpressive debate performances. Michelle Bachmann briefly streaked across the political firmament but now barely registers in the polls. Newt Gingrich committed political seppuku shortly after announcing his candidacy. Ron Paul's support is fervent but limited. However, the real Republican problem...
  • CALIFORNIA: Two-thirds vote still has a role in the Legislature

    07/13/2011 10:42:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/13/11 | Dan Walters
    When voters passed a union-backed measure last year to reduce the legislative vote on the state budget from two-thirds to a simple majority – thereby eliminating Republican leverage – skeptics said it could foster legislative mischief. Proposition 25 applied not only to the budget but "trailer bills" that the Legislature deemed necessary to implement the budget. And all budget bills would take effect immediately with a governor's signature, making any challenge via referendum legally doubtful. That legislative loophole, this column and other analysts pointed out, would make it easy to push major pieces of policy legislation through the Capitol with...
  • Willimantic/Everytown public education racket video

    Second in a series (I hope- it's a lot of work to make them) on this awful town, the result of decades of liberal rule. A microcosm for the USA today. I tried to post this earlier, but the link didn' work, so I'm trying again. Hope that is ok.
  • Obama economy good for some people

    06/15/2011 1:45:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/15/2011 | Ed Lasky
    While America as a whole slides toward unemployment and poverty, certain well-connected people are doing very nicely indeed. Consider Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul. Kevin Bogardus of The Hill reports:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.Pelosi was worth at least $35.2 million in the 2010 calendar year, according to a financial disclosure report released Wednesday. She reported a minimum of $43.4 million in assets and about $8.2 in liabilities.For 2009, Pelosi reported a minimum net worth...
  • Democratic Aristocracy

    12/10/2010 7:54:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    The American Conservative ^ | December 9, 2010 | Sean Scallon
    It’s rather dismaying to see the thoughtful and well-regarded online magazine Front Porch Republic being roiled by a series of articles written by editor John Medaille celebrating the virtues of monarchism as compared to democracy. I don’t believe John’s point was call for the U.S. to build its own Buckingham Palace or design its own crown and scepter, which will never happen in a million years. It was to simply show the follies of democratism as a guarantor of the public’s liberties compared to an enlightened king (one tyrant 3,000 miles away as compared to 3,000 tyrants one mile a...
  • Health Care Reform Group Gets Waiver from… Health Care Reform?

    11/14/2010 3:53:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 14, 2010 | Jazz Shaw
    The Hot Air Boss Emeritus has published an updated list of the exploding number of groups and businesses being granted waivers from having to participate in Obamacare. This is one of the more under-reported stories of the entire HCR saga in the mainstream media, in my opinion. In early October, the Obama administration announced it had granted waivers not only to McDonald’s, but also to several other firms and labor unions. Now comes word that Torquemada HHS Secretay Kathleen Sebelius has approved a whopping 111 waivers for businesses of all sizes, along with more unions and other providers of health...
  • Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment

    11/10/2010 7:26:53 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Nationa Review Online ^ | November 10, 2010 | Todd Zywicki
    Joe Miller, Alaska’s Republican nominee for the United States Senate, recently expressed support for an idea that is rapidly gaining steam in Tea Party circles: the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment. Miller subsequently backtracked from his statement, but he shouldn’t have: Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment would go a long way toward restoring federalism and frustrating special-interest influence over Washington. Ratified in 1913, the Seventeenth Amendment replaced the election of U.S. senators by state legislators with the current system of direct election by the people. By securing the Seventeenth Amendment’s ratification, progressives dealt a blow to the Framers’ vision of the...
  • New Feature: Dumb Things Libs Say!

    11/10/2010 3:45:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    ResistNet ^ | November 9, 2010 | Admin. II, Dee
    As we all know, Libs say the darnest things be it in blogs, posts, discussions or on TV. So we want you to scour the net and post the dumbest quote you can find from a Liberal/Progressive...or whatever they are calling themselves today! I'll start the thread with one of the most ridiculous ones I've seen today: You've seen the video, you know how silly it is: “Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for revolution?” Dylan Radigan asked yesterday on his MSNBC show. His unequivocal reply: “The answer is obviously ‘yes.’ The only...
  • Schwarzenegger: D.C. Politicians Are 'Wimps' [rails against Prop 23 and evil oil companies]

    10/30/2010 12:39:53 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/27/2010
    VIDEO: Arnold Schwarzenegger shares energy policy ideas with Diane Sawyer. The following is a partial transcript of the exchange (see video) • World News asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about the clean energy policies that he says are his legacy • Does he think the nation will join in his conviction? SCHWARZENEGGER: "What would help is if we now are successful in beating back the Texas oil companies, the same players that have been there for decades, ruining everything -- you know -- trying to burn and get rid of our light rail in 45 cities. "And so now the...
  • Is Speaker Pelosi Violating Campaign Finance Laws?

    10/29/2010 9:26:18 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Oct 29, 2010 | Richard Pollock
    For months, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House members were privately and publicly fuming about the absence of liberal TV and radio ads by third-party groups in support of Democratic candidates. From their point of view, all sorts of groups were AWOL on the media front — ranging from environmental and health groups, to women groups and unions. Things reportedly came to a head in mid-September when endangered Democrats in two private House caucus meetings pilloried liberal advocacy groups with the speaker in attendance. Their aides took notes and reportedly began calling in threats to the activist groups: go on...
  • Dems' new excuse

    09/25/2010 3:35:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 25, 2010 | Jacob Sullum
    As Democrats head for what promises to be an election fiasco of historic propor tions, a pre-emptive excuse has begun to circulate: It's all because of Citizens United. Team Donkey fans claim the Jan. 21 decision, in which the Supreme Court overturned restrictions on the political speech of corporations, triggered a flood of negative advertising by what President Obama calls "shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names." If independent groups favoring Team Elephant have a spending advantage so far, it's not because of recent changes in the law. Most of the advertising that irks Democrats was legal before Citizens United, and the...
  • Kerry docks yacht in R.I., avoids $500K in Mass. taxes

    07/24/2010 6:10:09 PM PDT · by GraniteStateDad · 61 replies · 4+ views
    <p>BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family's new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to his cash-strapped home state.</p> <p>If the Isabel were kept at the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee's summer vacation home on Nantucket or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he would be liable for $437,500 in one-time sales tax. He would also have to pay $70,000 in annual excise taxes.</p>
  • The National Academy of Blacklists

    07/23/2010 7:52:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The American ^ | July 8, 2010 | Kenneth P. Green
    The National Academy of Sciences creates virtual blacklists of scientists who dare to disagree with 'the consensus.' While most people understand that governmental entities are politicized, there are some we like to think maintain enough integrity to serve the public good. We hope, for example, that the Centers for Disease Control would be free of politicized determinations for what to do about swine flu. And we hope that the Food and Drug Administration were more concerned about whether a drug were beneficial than about how the cost of that drug might influence new healthcare legislation.One such entity we have relied...
  • Mass. Sen. Kerry docks yacht in RI, saving $500K (docking his family's new $7 million yacht there)

    07/23/2010 9:15:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/10 | AP
    BOSTON – Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is docking his family's new $7 million yacht in neighboring Rhode Island, allowing him to avoid paying roughly $500,000 in taxes to the cash-strapped Bay State. If the "Isabel" were kept at the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee's summer vacation home on Nantucket, or in Boston Harbor near his city residence, he would be liable for $437,500 in one-time sales tax. He would also have to pay $70,000 in annual excise taxes. Rhode Island repealed those taxes in 1993. That has made the state something of a nautical tax haven.
  • Sen. Kerry Predicts ‘Ice-Free Arctic' In '5 or 10 Years’

    07/23/2010 8:46:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Sen. Kerry Predicts ‘Ice-Free Arctic' In '5 or 10 Years’ Friday, July 23, 2010 By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer (CNSNews.com) – Speaking at a town hall-style meeting promoting climate change legislation on Thursday, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) predicted there will be “an ice-free Arctic” in five to 10 years.. “The arctic ice is disappearing faster than was predicted,” Kerry said. “And instead of waiting until 2030 or whenever it was to have an ice-free Arctic, we’re going to have one in five or 10 years.” However, the Web site of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says: “Using the...
  • Hyper-Partisan Elena Kagan’s Road to the High Court

    07/02/2010 5:51:12 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7-2-10 | Gary Bauer
    In introducing his last Supreme Court nominee 13 months ago, President Obama gushed forth like an out-of-control oil spill about what he saw as Sonia Sotomayor’s main qualification—her “wisdom accumulated from an inspiring life's journey.” Obama lavishly praised her “distinguished career,” which included having worked “at almost every level of our judicial system.” All this courtroom time, he assured us, provided Sotomayor “with a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice.” “Walking in the door,” he continued, “she would bring more experience on the bench and more varied experience on...
  • Explosive Silicon Gas Casts Shadow on Solar Power Industry

    04/07/2010 6:44:48 PM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies · 658+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 04/02/2010 | David Biello
    In 2007, outside Bangalore, India, an explosion decapitated an industrial worker, hurling his body through a brick wall. In 2005 a routine procedure at a manufacturing plant in Taiwan caused a spontaneous explosion that killed a worker and ignited a blaze that ripped through the factory, shutting down production for three months. Both incidents shared a common cause—silane, a gas made up of silicon and hydrogen that explodes on contact with air. And both incidents occurred in the same industry—solar power. Among other environmental black marks, the process of manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) cells from silicon relies on this dangerous pyrophoric...
  • Lobbyist and Special Interest Spending and Influence Worse Now Than at Any Time Before Obama

    04/02/2010 1:56:50 AM PDT · by Suvroc10 · 1,258+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | April 2, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Remember way back —all the way back in time to that distant memory known as the year 2008—when Barack Obama made a big deal about cleaning up special interests and lobbyists that were buying influence all over Washington? Remember when he used that crafty angle in part to make himself appear as the long-awaited outsider or "messiah" who could, in a hope-like fashion, "change" Washington from its special interest-heavy influence? It's not going well! Obama's been caught lying again regarding his empty promises versus his actual record. But the extent of his lie hits at a major policy promise Obama...
  • 'Scorched Earth' in Arizona

    04/01/2010 10:13:47 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 25 replies · 1,027+ views
    American Spectator ^ | March 31, 2010 | Robert Stacy McCain
    PHOENIX, Arizona -- Behind a Dunkin' Donuts in a shopping center on East Cactus Road, J.D. Hayworth's Senate campaign headquarters has a low-budget look. Near the front door, pinned to a cubicle wall, is a campaign T-shirt proclaiming Hayworth "The Consistent Conservative," offered for sale at $15 each. Volunteers are stuffing envelopes at a folding table that holds seven telephones, the phone lines dangling down from the ceiling. A large bulletin board is festooned with letters from supporters, including a woman from Dewey, Arizona, who wrote to say, "Sock it to him, please!" The "him" is, of course, Sen. John...
  • The Democrats Receive Too Much Lawyer Money to Pass Tort Reform.

    02/14/2010 6:47:29 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 38 replies · 620+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 2/14/2010 | The Lid
    President Obama says its obvious, anybody who would dare fight his Obamacare measures are on the leash of the special interests. Funny how he never mentions the special interests that he is beholden to, like the unions who were exempted from "the Cadillac tax." Or the real reason there is no tort reform, the President's ties to the Legal industry. At Open Secrets you can pull up campaign contributions by candidate and industry. The are calculated from PAC contributions and contributions from individuals giving more than $200, as reported to the FEC. Individual contributions are generally categorized based on the...
  • Laws lobbyists love: Interests shape Dem 'reforms'

    10/03/2009 2:58:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 347+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 3, 2009 | MICHAEL BARONE
    AS Sen. Max Baucus tries to squeeze a health-care bill out of the Senate Finance Committee, and as Sens. Barbara Boxer and John Kerry race to meet their latest deadline to introduce a bill to reduce carbon dioxide, some Democrats wonder whether their congressional leaders and the president who has deferred to them have sought only limited changes rather than more fundamental reform on both health insurance and carbon emissions. On health care, the House committees and Baucus and Christopher Dodd in the Senate health committee, decided to build a makeshift addition to the health-insurance system that grew out of...
  • Cap and Trade Bill is Simply a Gift For Special Interests

    10/01/2009 6:02:59 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 280+ views
    Human Events/The Lid ^ | 10/1/09 | The Lid
    This was supposed to be the cleanest congress and the most transparent administration in history. The Democrats promised that. By now you may have realized this is an empty promise. This whole cap and tax plan being pushed by the President and written by Congressman Waxman is being ghost written by lobbyists. That promise that then President-Elect Obama made at the beginning of his administration that their would be no lobbyist influence on his presidency was just a "Media Moment. But the use of lobbyists in preparing the cap and tax plan goes right at the heart of government "corruption"...
  • The Lobbyists-First Healthcare Reform Bill

    08/31/2009 4:14:46 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 376+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 31, 2009 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    In the vernacular preferred by most men I know, Obamacare could be called the "Screw-You" plan. Just about every special interest in this Country will make out like bandits, while you and I will be...well yes, I hate to say it, but here goes: we taxpayers will be royally screwed. We pay; they play. The special interests that elected this president are conducting multi-million dollar ad campaigns to seal the deal on Obamacare. Every one of them has had a very cushy seat at the power table where the bill was written, not on C-SPAN as candidate Obama promised, but...
  • CORPORATE SHILLS FOR 'CHANGE'

    08/21/2009 3:34:50 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 387+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 21, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    MONEY from pharmaceutical firms and health-care companies is evil and corrupting -- except when key members of Team Obama are pocketing it. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs derides grassroots opponents of socialized health care as industry-funded lackeys with questionable motives and conflicts of interest. But what about the corporate shills at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.? Two weeks ago, the White House embraced $150 million in drug-industry ads supporting ObamaCare. This week, Bloomberg News reported that White House senior adviser and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod's former public-relations firm, AKPD Message and Media, has raked in some $24 million in ad contracts...
  • Obama Doesn't Mention The Special Interests Are Writing the Health Care Bill

    08/15/2009 6:26:59 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 520+ views
    Bloomberg News/The Lid ^ | 8/15/09 | The Lid
    During his radio broadcast today,President Barack Obama went after his favorite target today, he bashed those "special interests" that profit from the U.S. health-care system are spreading misinformation about plans to overhaul medical insurance practices. He said those special interests were “ridiculous rumors,” (thank God he didn't say stupid). “Every time we come close to passing health-insurance reform, the special interests with a stake in the status quo use their influence and political allies to scare and mislead the American people.Those who would stand in the way of reform will say almost anything to scare you about the cost of...
  • Senate Committee Apologizes to All Native Americans for Violence and Maltreatment by U.S. Citizens

    08/10/2009 11:40:34 AM PDT · by yoe · 214 replies · 7,440+ views
    CNSNEWS ^ | August 10, 2009 | Penny Starr
    The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a resolution by voice vote last week apologizing "on behalf of American people" to all Indian tribes for the mistreatment and violence by American citizens. Senate Joint Resolution 14, sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), states that its purpose is “to acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the Federal Government regarding Indian Tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.” In Section 1A, No. 4 of the resolution states that the apology is on behalf of U.S. citizens for harm they...
  • Update on Recovery Act Lobbying Rules: New Limits on Special Interest Influence

    05/29/2009 6:32:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 398+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | May 29, 2009, 5:35 pm | N/A
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM • THE BLOG Friday, May 29th, 2009 at 5:35 pm Update on Recovery Act Lobbying Rules: New Limits on Special Interest Influence Another update from Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, in the spirit of transparency as always: I am writing with an update on the President’s March 20, 2009 Memorandum on Ensuring Responsible Spending of Recovery Act Funds. Section 3 of the Memorandum required all oral communications between federally registered lobbyists and government officials concerning Recovery Act policy to be disclosed on the...
  • CFR Corporate Members Get Lion's Share of Bailout Funds

    04/29/2009 3:08:43 AM PDT · by FromLori · 6 replies · 443+ views
    Newspapers are fixated upon $160 million in bonuses given to American International Group (AIG) executives. And it’s nice to know where the millions are going (note: the bonuses could have been cancelled had the federal government let the company go bankrupt, as officials should have). But where are the trillions in TARP, TALC and Federal Reserve Bank bailout funds going? The man in charge of administering the bailouts is Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who served as a staff member of the New York City-based Council on Foreign Relations before being hired in 2003 to head the New York City branch...
  • CA: Lobbyists spend millions -- and rarely lose in Legislature

    03/29/2009 9:29:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 259+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/29/09 | Shane Goldmacher
    The first of an occasional series exploring the varied ways in which California lobbyists and their employers press the levers of power. Special interests spent a record $553 million lobbying California state government in the past two years. For them, it was money well spent. Makers of chemical fire- retardants poured in more than $9 million to kill a ban on fire-proofing chemicals in furniture that consumer groups say cause cancer. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians used $4.39 million to muscle through a gambling deal to let the tribe add thousands of lucrative new slot machines to its casino....
  • NEA SPECIAL INTERESTS - CHAVEZ DAY, REDRESS FOR SLAVERY, ABORTION

    03/01/2009 1:39:30 PM PST · by andrew roman · 4 replies · 332+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 1 March 2009 | Andrew Roman
    Last year, while then-candidate Barack Obama was still going on and on about how he would have nothing - absolutely nothing - to do with special interest groups, the National Education Association Representative Assembly was adopting 12 new exciting resolutions. While then-candidate Barack Obama was assuring American voters that he wouldn't as much as spit on a special interest group, even if it were on fire, the NEA shocked the world by endorsing Barack Obama for President. Of course, in Obamacratic terms, the NEA isn't really a special interest group to begin with - the same way earmarks aren't really...
  • CA: Interest groups’ lobbying tally tops $500 million (during the 2007-08 legislative session)

    02/12/2009 9:30:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Capitol Weekly ^ | 2/12/09 | Anthony York
    California labor unions, business associations and other interest groups spent more than $558 million – about $764,000 a day – to influence California government during the 2007-08 legislative session, according to state records analyzed by Capitol Weekly. Leading the way was the Service Employees International Union which spent $10.9 million over the two-year period. The Western States Petroleum Association, which represents oil and gas companies, spent $10.5 million over the same biennial span. Rounding out the list of top five spenders was the California Teachers Association ($7.9 million), the Bromine Science and Environmental Forum ($6.5 million), and the California Hospital...
  • the Special Interests Politics Game

    12/18/2008 10:58:11 AM PST · by ToddThurman · 1 replies · 237+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 12/18/08 | Nick Loris
    From the Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman, Milton’s son. Special interest politics is a simple game. A hundred people sit in a circle, each with his pocket full of pennies. A politician walks around the outside of the circle, taking a penny from each person. No one minds; who cares about a penny? When he has gotten all the way around the circle, the politician throws fifty cents down in front of one person, who is overjoyed at the unexpected windfall. The process is repeated, ending with a different person. After a hundred rounds everyone is a hundred cents...
  • Independent expenditure use skyrockets to skirt donation limits

    02/14/2008 4:51:59 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 67+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/14/8 | STEVE LAWRENCE, Associated Press Writer
    SACRAMENTO, (AP) -- Developers, labor unions, corporations, Indian tribes and other interest groups are using "an orgy of independent expenditures" to skirt the campaign contribution limits voters adopted more than seven years ago, the state's chief elections watchdog said Thursday. "The people of California have repeatedly voted to limit direct contributions to candidates for state office — most recently (through) Proposition 34 in November of 2000," said Ross Johnson, the chairman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission. "It was their desire and expectation that fewer special interest dollars find their way into campaigns. But thanks to an orgy of...
  • CA: How special interests avoid spending limits

    02/11/2008 9:41:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 46+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/11/08 | Erin McCormick
    More money is flowing into California's legislative campaigns than ever, despite contribution limits that voters approved eight years ago in an attempt to quash the influence of well-heeled special interests in state elections, according to an analysis by The Chronicle. Big-ticket donations have moved from candidate-run funds, where individual contributions are capped at $3,600 per election, into independent campaigns run by powerful groups to elect or defeat candidates. Special interests also use loopholes to funnel money to legislators by donating to funds that fall outside the law's limits, including legal defense funds, ballot measure committees or lawmakers' favorite charities. As...
  • Outside Groups Spend Heavily and Visibly to Sway ’08 Races

    01/01/2008 7:25:55 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 7 replies · 88+ views
    NY Times ^ | 1 January 2008 | By LESLIE WAYNE
    DES MOINES — Spurred by a recent Supreme Court decision, independent political groups are using their financial muscle and organizational clout as never before to influence the presidential race, pumping money and troops into early nominating states on behalf of their favored candidates. Iowans have been bombarded over the last few days with radio spots supporting John Edwards that were paid for by a group affiliated with locals of the Service Employees International Union, which just kicked in $800,000 — on top of $760,000 already spent. Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut, rolled across Iowa on Monday in a...
  • Who`s Bankrolling The Enemy

    07/31/2007 6:10:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 659+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | 3/18/2005 | Frank Miniter
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Who`s Bankrolling The Enemy   The anti-hunting capital of the world is located at 2100 L St., NW in Washington, D.C. There, under the shadow of the Capitol Dome, is the national headquarters of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a multinational conglomerate with 10 regional offices in the U.S. Standing in front of this edifice filled with people working tirelessly to turn sportsmen into criminals, I began to wonder who funds all this madness. There can`t be that many anti-pet ownership, anti-milk, anti-hunting, left-of-reality, ferret farm-vandalizing, fur-coat-loathing, omnivore-bashing,...
  • Dems crush GOP in money game

    07/24/2007 7:56:03 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 90 replies · 1,592+ views
    Politico ^ | Jul 24, 2007 | Jeanne Cummings
    From almost any angle, Republicans are facing a Democratic financial tsunami in 2008.   In the first six months of this year, Democratic federal candidates and the party's three national committees raised $381 million compared with the $291 million their counterparts collected. That amounts to a $90 million advantage and means that 57 percent of the total raised by all political candidates and committees has gone to the Democrats.  And that's the good news for Republicans.  When the cash on hand is added up for presidential, House and Senate candidates, as well as the party committees, the picture is even...
  • Perry should back up eminent domain talk

    06/22/2007 12:51:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 833+ views
    thefacts.com ^ | June 22, 2007 | Chris Greene
    Gov. Rick Perry’s veto this week of an eminent domain bill designed to protect landowners left a lot of Texans scratching their heads, and you can lump us in with those feeling dumbfounded. Perry — who was among those making political hay when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that cities can seize homes under eminent domain for use by private developers and made the issue an emergency item in a special session that same year — had a chance to back his tough talk and posturing on property rights with action. But when push came to powerful shove...
  • Diversity is Our Weakness, Assimilation was our Strength!

    04/26/2007 6:33:01 AM PDT · by PlainOleAmerican · 15 replies · 813+ views
    Capitol Hill Coffee House ^ | April 26, 2007 | JB Williams
    The most diverse nation on earth needs no reminder of just how ethnically diverse it is. What bears reminding, is the need for all ethnically diverse comers to assimilate into American culture and society. Assimilation is our strength - from many, one. If your homeland was worth celebrating, it would still be your homeland. The reason you came to America was to join in the benefits of the uniquely American culture, where it matters not at all where you came from, but instead, only where you are going. In doing so, you left behind a culture and society much less...
  • If the Cap Fits

    01/26/2007 1:55:41 PM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies · 705+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 26 Jan 07 | Kimiberly A. Strassel
    Why our CEOs are warming to Kyoto. (Editor's note: We reintroduce today the Potomac Watch column from Washington. It will appear on Fridays and be written by Kimberley Strassel, a member of The Wall Street Journal's editorial board. She joined the Journal in 1994 and has worked as a reporter in Europe and as an editor and editorial writer in New York.) Washington this week officially welcomed the newest industry on the hunt for financial and regulatory favors. Big CarbonCap may have the same dollar-sign agenda as Big Oil or Big Pharma, but don't expect Nancy Pelosi to admit to...
  • Democrats want timeout on special-interest money

    12/12/2006 5:28:12 PM PST · by Zakeet · 13 replies · 651+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 12, 2006 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON - Democrats taking control of Congress next month say they will try to ban for the remainder of fiscal 2007 the special-interest "pork" projects that got Republicans in so much trouble with voters in the November elections. "We will place a moratorium on all earmarks until a reformed process is put in place," the incoming Democratic chairmen of the Senate and House appropriations panels, Sen. Robert Byrd (news, bio, voting record) of West Virginia and Rep. David Obey (news, bio, voting record) of Wisconsin, said late on Monday. The recent proliferation of billions of dollars worth of special-interest projects...
  • Schwarzenegger: No quid pro quo for donors (His position on Gay Marriage?)

    10/11/2006 3:50:07 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 2 replies · 391+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 11, 2006 | Marisa Lagos
    Gov. Schwarzenegger today insisted that he has kept a 2003 campaign promise not to be beholden to special interests, saying he is above the pay-to-play politics of his predecessor. In an interview with the Chronicle editorial board this morning, Schwarzenegger said he has never pledged to shun money from special interest groups, but rather promised that donors could not buy favors from his office with donations. "I never said I would not accept money, that special interests are no good and would not be part of the mix," he said. "I said we have to stop the money from going...
  • (Ray) Hunkins Gains in Fundraising (The WY Republican Gubernatorial Nominee}

    09/07/2006 6:44:40 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 212+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 09-07-06 | Wingert, Kevin
    Hunkins gains in fundraising Challenger Ray Hunkins outraised Gov. Dave Freudenthal in August, but the governor retains the bigger war chest. By Kevin Wingert rep3@wyomingnews.com CHEYENNE - In the month of August, the Republican gubernatorial challenger raised $17,000 more than the Democrat incumbent in the same period. "We were very pleased from the support we got from individuals in Wyoming in the month of August," Republican Ray Hunkins said. "We're running a grassroots campaign, and the grassroots are responding." During this latest and next-to-last filing of campaign receipts prior to the Nov. 7 general election, Hunkins raised $77,872.67 to Gov....
  • AG Lines Up Grand Jury in Dig Manslaughter Probe [State Passes $20M Big D Audit Bill]

    08/31/2006 6:49:07 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies · 338+ views
    Boston Herald.Com ^ | Thursday, August 31, 2006 | Casey Ross
    Attorney General Tom Reilly is seeking a special grand jury to grill more than a dozen key witnesses in the Big Dig manslaughter probe, moving swiftly after documents revealed widespread knowledge of ceiling problems in the tunnel where Milena Del Valle was killed, a law enforcment source said. The grand jury, expected to be convened Oct. 3, will hear evidence for six months as investigators seek criminal indictments against officials involved in construction of the I-90 Seaport Connector Tunnel. Several key officials have already retained lawyers, the source said. “Nothing we have seen to date takes us off the path...
  • Top lobbyist for most powerful homosexual State House lobbying group arrested for soliciting...

    08/13/2006 6:15:16 PM PDT · by troysgirl · 53 replies · 1,928+ views
    MassResistance ^ | 7-30-06 | MassResistance
    The most visible male homosexual lobbyist in the Massachusetts State House has been arrested for soliciting oral sex from college students at the University of Massachusetts, according to newspaper reports. William Conley works for the Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus and has been the point man for coordinating legislative support for funding homosexual programs (including the new "Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth") in the public schools, as well as same-sex "marriage", repeal of the sodomy laws, and other homosexual-related legislation.Conley has been a member of the "Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth", and has now become a...