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  • Booker, Gillibrand Want to Stymie Special Interest Spending, Except Labor and Ideological Groups

    02/24/2018 5:43:46 AM PST · by MarvinStinson · 10 replies
    freebeacon ^ | February 24, 2018 | Haris Alic
    Senators Cory Booker (N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), who top the list of potential Democratic challengers to President Donald Trump in 2020, both announced last week that they would forgo accepting donations from corporate PACs in an effort to cure the corrosive effect they say special interest spending has had on the political system. But neither extended their pledge to labor unions and ideological groups. Gillibrand made her pledge last week. It was quickly followed by Booker, who, echoing Gillibrand, said the "campaign finance system is broken." Neither's pledge to stymie outside spending, however, extended to labor unions and ideological...
  • Supreme Court's conservatives appear set to strike down union fees on free-speech grounds

    02/08/2018 7:01:41 PM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 78 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/8/2018 | David G. Savage
    Paying union dues and baking a wedding cake may not seem like classic examples of free speech—except perhaps at the Supreme Court. This year, the high court is poised to announce its most significant expansion of the 1st Amendment since the Citizens United decision in 2010, which struck down laws that limited campaign spending by corporations, unions and the very wealthy.
  • MEMORY LANE---Hillary's State Dept Aide Shared Classified state Dept Info With Clinton Foundation

    02/07/2018 11:46:27 AM PST · by Liz · 8 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | September 28, 2015 | Alana Goodman, Free Beacon
    THE STATE DEPT PAPER TRAIL---- Hillary/s State Dept Aide Shared Classified state Dept Info With Clinton Foundation 2012 Email Shows Hillary Aide Cheryl Mills sent info marked confidential to Clinton Foundation A key aide of Hillary Clinton 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...
  • FEC Shoots Down Democrat’s Plan to Target Conservative Media (Drudge and others)

    07/15/2017 2:22:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/14/2017 | COLIN MADINE
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has declined a proposal by Democrat Commissioner Ellen Weintraub to undertake new rulemaking regarding alleged foreign influence in the 2016 election to target conservative media including the Drudge Report and Breitbart News, stating it “cannot support proposals that would burden the free speech rights of American citizens based on incomplete information about foreign activities in the 2016 election.” The FEC has declined to consider new rulemaking over alleged foreign influence in the 2016 presidential election that could target conservative media including InfoWars and Breitbart News. In a statement released by Vice Chair Caroline Hunter and...
  • Ted Cruz presses IRS commissioner on non-profit targeting

    07/29/2015 7:43:55 PM PDT · by Isara · 13 replies
    Dallas News ^ | July 29, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTON–It’s been two years since the IRS targeting scandal broke, but Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Ted Cruz, said on Thursday they’re still looking for answers.The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts, chaired by Cruz, on Wednesday questioned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen about the agency’s cooperation with investigations, and rehashed accusations of a White House conspiracy to target conservative groups.“The American people have a right to be angry when an instrument of the american government is used a partisan cudgel,” said Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate running on abolishing the IRS. “I have to...
  • Obama PACs Bus Protesters To GOP Town Halls

    02/12/2017 2:30:14 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 12, 2017 | By Phillip Stucky
    Political action committees that fundraised for President Barrack Obama during the 2012 presidential election, bused protesters to Republican town hall events nationwide earlier in February, according to a Sunday report from The Washington Post. Democrats nationwide continue to search for ways to oppose President Donald Trump after the 2016 election, and they are digging deep into funding from years ago. An unnamed pro-Obama super PAC organized protests at several town halls, going so far as busing protesters outside the member’s districts. Since super PACS were legalized in the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision, this marks the first time that...
  • EMAIL RELEASE: Citizens United Releases 612 Pages Of State Department Emails With CF

    10/27/2016 2:06:03 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 27 replies
    Today Citizens United is releasing 612 pages of State Department emails relating to the Clinton Foundation, Dennis Cheng, Doug Band, Haiti, and more. These emails were produced to Citizens United by the State Department on October 21st, 22nd, and 25th as a result of FOIA requests and litigation and cover the following: "Do you know if there’s ever been or if there’s been talk of organizing official business delegations for S trips abroad?" "We need to start inviting members soon..." "Who among our strong Hispanic supporters could we nominate for Amb to the Vatican?" "I am told I am not...
  • Hillary's staff rushed to help Chelsea when she begged her mom to get State Department help...

    10/27/2016 1:21:01 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct. 26, 2016 | Freya Berry
    Chelsea Clinton begged her mother for assistance in getting a visa for a friend – and the then Secretary of State’s top aides scrambled to help, new emails published on Thursday reveal. The tranche of emails were forced out of the State Department by campaign group Citizens United in lengthy litigation, and cast new light on Clinton’s use of her secret server, and her relationship with her daughter. In January 2012, Chelsea emailed Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, and her top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills asking them for help in obtaining a visa for a 'distraught' friend...
  • 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 · 63 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
    wsj.com ^ | 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...