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  • Another Election Problem in Search of a Solution

    04/04/2014 7:14:46 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 4, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When you have a problem, you look for a solution. Whether you’re an engineer, a teacher, a scientist, or a cook, the goal is to solve an identified problem. The field of politics works the same way; the main challenge is that different sides have such different views of not only what the right solution is, but also of what the problems are. Campaign Finance laws – which have always existed, but were turbocharged in the mid-1970s through the Federal Election Campaign Act and its successors – are written to deal with one simple problem: there’s too much money in...
  • Taking Down D’Souza and Other Abuses of Power

    02/13/2014 12:12:46 PM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    Library of Law and Liberty ^ | 2/11/2014 | Bradley A. Smith
    In 2004 leftwing filmmaker Michael Moore released his film Fahrenheit 9/11, a searing attack on the legitimacy of George Bush’s election to the presidency in 2000, and his handling of events before, during, and after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2011 on the World Trade Center. Moore was unequivocal in his stated hope that the movie would “help unseat a president.” Fahrenheit 9/11 was produced by Moore’s production company Dog Eat Dog Films, a corporation. At the time – before the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission—it was illegal for corporations to spend money “in...
  • IRS Scandal Deepens as Leaks Identified

    11/01/2013 5:28:38 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Oct 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    The watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Thursday that it had obtained emails showing that former IRS official Lois Lerner gave protected information to the Federal Elections Commission. Meanwhile, the House Ways and Means Committee said it had identified the IRS agent who leaked National Organization for Marriage donors to gay rights activists. Judicial Watch obtained the emails in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Aug. 9. They purport to show Lerner, who led the IRS Exempt Organizations division, promising full cooperation with an FEC attorney who was seeking information about the tax-exempt applications of two conservative...
  • IRS' Lois Lerner gave confidential Tea Party tax info to FEC, violating law

    10/31/2013 11:10:07 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10-31-2013 | Paul Bedard
    October 31, 2013 IRS' Lois Lerner gave confidential Tea Party tax info to FEC, violating law Paul Bedard The Internal Revenue Service shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups in the IRS scandal with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law, according to newly obtained emails. The public watchdog group Judicial Watch told Secrets Thursday that it was former scandal boss Lois Lerner who shared the information on groups including the American Future Fund and the American Issues Project. The emails obtained by Judicial Watch show that the IRS, which was considering the tax...
  • Government War On Conservatives Still On [Christine O'Donnell vs. FEC]

    10/23/2013 9:31:16 AM PDT · by Moseley · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 23, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The government’s war on conservatives hasn’t stopped. On Saturday, Christine O’Donnell revealed a second onslaught from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in addition to the illegal accessing and abuse of her income tax records by the Internal Revenue Service. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is investigating the IRS on that. News recently broke that the IRS targeted Dr. Ben Carson, for the first time, immediately after he criticized Barack Obama. O’Donnell revealed on Saturday morning that the FEC is demanding payment of tribute (my words) to settle false accusations invented by a George Soros front group. Perhaps such shakedowns are an...
  • Tea party wants socialist treatment

    09/18/2013 11:52:10 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 17 replies ^ | September 18, 2013 | BYRON TAU
    A national tea party group is asking for permission to keep their donors secret — just like the socialists. Citing a long litany of harassment examples, the Tea Party Leadership Fund is asking the Federal Election Commission for the same right granted to the Socialist Workers Party to shield the names and information of their donors from the public. In a new request to the FEC shared with POLITICO, the group argues that tea party donors and activists are being targeted for harassment by government officials and private groups — and they cite derogatory comments by politicians and overbearing government...
  • Lois Lerner’s FEC Problem: Did she illegally disclose IRS information to the FEC?

    08/12/2013 7:46:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/12/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    The “phony scandal” at the IRS keeps growing. E-mail correspondence unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee reveals that Lois Lerner, the figure at the center of the scandal, may have committed a felony by divulging information about a conservative group to the Federal Election Commission, in an incident that dates back at least to 2008, before President Obama took office. Though some conservatives have eagerly sought evidence that Obama’s White House instigated the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups, the latest evidence suggests that an anti-conservative bias may instead be an endemic feature of the federal bureaucracy. And now,...
  • Darrell Issa expanding IRS probe to include FEC

    08/08/2013 7:46:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    “If you thought the IRS targeting — scandal, controversy, whatever you want to call it — was forgotten, think again,” said CNN’s Jake Tapper, introducing Dana Bash’s report last night on House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa’s expansion of the probe. Issa requested information from the Federal Election Commission after leaked e-mails suggested that coordination may have taken place between the two agencies in pursuit of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. That may increase the focus on one particular figure in the scandal, as well as potentially add more to it: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO House Oversight Committee...
  • Issa expands IRS investigation (Demands Fed Elections Commission contact with IRS)

    08/07/2013 4:29:06 PM PDT · by xzins · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | August 7, 2013 | Dana Bash and Alan Silverleib
    Rep. Darrell Issa's demand follows CNN report of contact between the IRS and FEC House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded Wednesday that the Federal Election Commission turn over records of more than five years of communications with the Internal Revenue Service -- a move that significantly expands the California Republican's ongoing probe of alleged federal targeting of conservative groups. In a letter to FEC Chairman Ellen Weintraub -- a Democrat -- Issa cited CNN reporting on Monday that raises "the prospect of inappropriate coordination between the IRS and the FEC about tax-exempt entities." Among other things, Issa asked for...
  • The Other Targeting Scandal

    08/07/2013 7:12:07 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 17 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/7/13 | Journal Staff
    The IRS targeting scandal is best understood as part of a larger effort to limit the political speech of conservatives and business groups. That became clearer last week regarding the Federal Election Commission, and now evidence is spreading to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Senior Republicans on the House Oversight Committee recently wrote to new SEC Chairman Mary Jo White to report on disturbing events that occurred under her predecessor, and to request agency documents. As at the IRS, there's an emerging pattern at the SEC of senior officials rolling over career staff to politicize the work of a powerful...
  • Another Agency Goes IRS (FEC also targeted conservative groups)

    08/03/2013 7:13:41 PM PDT · by Innovative · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug 3, 2013 | WSJ
    One big question raised by IRS political targeting is whether Obama officials or their bureaucratic allies unleashed the power of the administrative state for partisan ends. Now evidence is emerging that officials at another agency, the Federal Election Commission, used their enforcement power as an anti-conservative sword. The House Ways and Means Committee this week released emails showing that, in 2008 and 2009, the FEC's general counsel staff sought tax information about conservative political groups from Lois Lerner of the IRS. Ms. Lerner is the IRS official who took the Fifth before Congress rather than tell her side of the...
  • New Links Emerge in the IRS Scandal

    08/02/2013 6:48:06 AM PDT · by safetysign · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/01/2013 | Kim Strassel
    Congressional investigators this week released emails suggesting that staff at the Federal Election Commission have been engaged in their own conservative targeting, with help from the IRS's infamous Lois Lerner. This means more than just an expansion of the probe to the FEC. It's a new link to the Obama team. In May this column noted that the targeting of conservatives started in 2008, when liberals began a coordinated campaign of siccing the federal government on political opponents. The Obama campaign helped pioneer this tactic. In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took issue with ads run against...
  • IRS Scandal Widens to FEC

    08/01/2013 3:35:07 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 7 replies ^ | August 1, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    The old adage says that where there's smoke, there's fire is getting truer with every new revelation in the ongoing IRS scandal. Since the onset of the scandal, America has been told a pack of lies from the Obama administration and various federal agencies. First they claimed that it was just a couple of rogue agents in the Cincinnati office, which has been refuted in that orders came down from Washington to interfere with conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Then we found out that other federal agencies got involved with harassing and intimidating tea party conservative groups. Next came the...
  • E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups

    07/31/2013 4:47:38 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 115 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/31/2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American...
  • Another politicization scandal at the Federal Election Commission?

    07/12/2013 9:46:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Let’s play Guess The Federal Agency in order to see where the next political scandal may originate. Here are a few hints: This bureaucracy supposedly has safeguards to prevent politicization, enforces a broad, arcane, and contradictory regulatory and statutory code, and treats potential targets of investigations as guilty unless they prove themselves innocent. Wait a moment … I just described nearly every federal agency in existence. My bad.In this case, though, I’m talking about the Federal Election Commission, which is tasked with enforcing the Byzantine, irrational campaign regulations put in place over the last several decades on federal candidates and...
  • Obama to nominate Democrat, Republican to FEC

    06/22/2013 3:30:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 21, 2013 7:30 PM EDT | Jim Kuhnhenn
    President Barack Obama intends to nominate two lawyers with government experience to become commissioners on the Federal Election Commission, the agency that oversees and enforces campaign finance laws. One of the nominees would fill a Democratic vacancy on the commission and the other would replace the Republican vice chairman, the White House said. Obama’s nominee to replace Republican Donald F. McGahn is Lee Goodman, who served as a top aide to former Republican Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia. Obama’s Democratic nominee is Ann Ravel, the chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. She would fill the seat vacated earlier...
  • (IBD) Lois Lerner Targeted Dick Durbin Senate Opponent

    06/03/2013 7:04:42 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 48 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 3, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Before his 2010 letter urging the IRS to target conservatives, the Senate majority whip's 1996 campaign benefited from the targeting of his opponent by a Federal Election Commission official with a familiar name. Perhaps not surprisingly, the IRS scandal may have its roots in Illinois politics with the 1996 targeting of Illinois conservative Al Salvi by a familiar name, Lois Lerner, then head of the Enforcement Division of the Federal Elections Commission. That year, Democrat U.S. Rep. Dick Durbin and Republican State Rep. Al Salvi were locked in a battle for the U.S. Senate seat Durbin would eventually win....
  • Did Lois Lerner commit extortion under US Code Title 18 section 872?

    06/03/2013 8:43:08 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/3/13 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Because he posed a threat to Dick Durbin’s US Senate election in 1996, Illinois Republican Al Salvi was threatened by a United States government official. That official was Lois Lerner and she was using her position as a representative of the Federal Election Commission. In the course of her FEC inquisition of Salvi for alleged election law violations, Lerner made a statement that amounts to extortion. Following the Chicago way, Durbin made a series of FEC complaints against Salvi and Lerner took the point in handling his case. According to Salvi, at one point Lerner made an offer to him...
  • BREAKING>>> Lois Lerner Told Republican in 1996: “Promise me You Will Never Run Again,...

    05/29/2013 7:08:12 PM PDT · by blueyon · 75 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 29, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    BREAKING>>> Lois Lerner Told Republican in 1996: “Promise me You Will Never Run Again, and We’ll Drop This (FEC) Case” Lois Lerner, the controversial director of the tax-exempt organizations division at the Internal Revenue Service, has a long sordid history of targeting conservatives. Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. She lost her case. Lerner even asked one conservative during the case if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Sound familiar?)
  • Culture of Hooliganism…Obama Goons Threatened 10K Donors W/Legal Trouble for Donating to Republicans

    05/24/2013 9:00:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 24, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    In 2008 the American Issues Project released an ad tying Barack Obama to domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. “Barack Obama launched his political career with the direct assistance of Bill Ayers.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Obama camp used the DOJ to demand an investigation and prosecute American Issues Project That’s not all… Obama goons threatened 10,000 GOP donors with legal trouble and public harassment if they continued to support Republican candidates. The Wall Street Journal reported, via Jammie Wearing Fool: On Aug. 21, 2008, the conservative American Issues Project ran an ad highlighting ties between candidate Obama and Bill Ayers, formerly of the...

    05/23/2013 3:29:11 PM PDT · by TBP · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 23, 2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Story highlights: Lois Lerner, the embattled director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS, served as head of the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) enforcement division from 1986 until 2001. While there, the FEC sued the Christian Coalition for allegedly conspiring with political candidates. During the case, representatives for the FEC asked intrusive questions on religion of several people involved, including Lt. Col. Oliver North. At one point, a representative demanded to know details regarding Pat Roberstson praying for North after reading a letter from North to Robertson indicating as much. The group’s attorney also noted that during the investigation third parties...
  • Breaking: Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action in History – Then Was Promoted

    05/22/2013 4:17:01 PM PDT · by hope · 159 replies
    Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. She lost her case. Lerner even asked one conservative during the case if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Sound familiar?) These actions landed her at the IRS where she used the same tactics against conservatives and Christians – only on a much larger scale. 500 conservative and Christian groups were illegally targeted by the Obama IRS during her tenure. For twenty-seven months the Obama IRS refused to approve any Tea Party applications for tax-exempt...
  • IRS Official Who Targeted Tea Party, Also Targeted Conservative Groups in the 90s

    05/21/2013 4:39:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | May 21, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Twice they say is a pattern. Or a charm. And there isn’t much charm in using government agencies to conduct an illegal war against the opposition. Perhaps no other IRS official is more intimately associated with the tax agency’s growing scandal than Lois Lerner, director of the IRS’s Exempt Organizations Division. Since admitting the IRS harassed hundreds of conservative and Tea Party groups for over two years, Lerner has been criticized for a number of untruths—including the revelation that she apparently lied about planting a question at an American Bar Association conference where she first publicly acknowledged IRS misconduct. Prior...
  • Sloan: Why the FEC Won't Catch the Next Jesse Jackson Jr.

    03/12/2013 3:44:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 3/11/13 | Melanie Sloan
    Reviewing the charging documents in the case against former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., D-Ill., it is impossible not to wonder how he got away with stealing his campaign funds for so long. For a period of at least seven years, Jackson misused his campaign funds to buy personal items, including a $40,000 Rolex watch, mink capes, mounted elk heads and Michael Jackson memorabilia, among other things. Part of the problem is that since 2001, the Federal Election Commission — the agency charged with monitoring campaign finances — has specifically permitted candidates to use campaign funds to pay family members....

    10/08/2012 6:13:10 PM PDT · by Snuph · 21 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8 Oct 2012 | WYNTON HAL
    Minutes after Newsweek published a story on the threat of illegal foreign and fraudulent online campaign donations late Monday afternoon, the Obama campaign struck back hard with a response smearing one of the article’s authors and offered an anemic defense of its online fundraising operations.
  • Larry Craig: MSP airport bathroom trip was part of official Senate business

    08/19/2012 8:17:34 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 8-19-12 | john miller
    BOISE, Idaho -- Former Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Craig aims to fend off a federal election lawsuit against him by arguing his infamous July 11, 2007, Minneapolis airport bathroom visit that ended in his sex-sting arrest was part of his official Senate business. Craig is hoping to avoid repaying $217,000 in campaign funds the Federal Election Commission claims he misused to defend himself. The FEC sued Craig in June in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleging he converted the campaign money to personal use by spending it on his legal defense after he was accused of soliciting sex in...
  • Feinstein's bid for fundraising leniency stymies FEC

    05/11/2012 9:40:08 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/11/12 | Michael Doyle
    The Federal Election Commission this week struggled again with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's request for a loosening of the usual fundraising limits, in the wake of the massive embezzlement by former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee. The upshot: Feinstein didn't get the go-ahead she sought, but neither did the six-member FEC come to a official consensus decision on the key question. There could be more discussions to come. Feinstein asked the FEC for permission to raise more money from contributors who had already maxed out under federal campaign limits, . . .
  • Obama Campaign Disables Credit Card Verification [again]

    04/03/2012 8:51:08 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 36 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02 April 2012
    This video is a follow-up to Adrian Murray’s facebook post over the weekend, in which he says that he donated to the Obama campaign as “Adolph Hitler,” occupation “Dictator” living at a German address. As you can see in the clip, citizen journalist George Scaggs of Austin tries the same thing at three different campaign sites, that of Obama, Romney and Santorum. Only the Obama site accepted the donation without the verification number. Let’s take a look at the three campaign websites mentioned in the video ... [graphics] The Obama campaign’s donation page for Americans living outside the US also...
  • DNC beat RNC by about $3 million (GOP Outraised and Outspent)

    02/21/2012 6:44:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/21/2012 | By ROBIN BRAVENDER
    The Democratic National Committee outraised its Republican counterpart by about $3 million last month, according to reports released Monday. The DNC raked in $13.3 million in January, compared to the Republican National Committee’s haul of $10.5 million. The Democrats’ report includes $6.2 million in contributions to the committee, as well as $7 million channeled through the Obama Victory Fund, a joint committee set up by President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and the DNC. But the Republican fundraising arm had more cash in the bank by the end of last month, the Federal Election Commission reports show. The RNC had $23.4...
  • (John) Edwards' campaign spent nearly $900G in 2011 despite FEC complaint (owes taxpayers $2 mil)

    02/09/2012 4:51:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/09/12
    Edwards' campaign spent nearly $900G in 2011 despite FEC complaintPublished February 09, 2012 | John Edwards' failed presidential campaign racked up close to $900,000 in expenses in 2011, according to newly filed finance reports, dropping thousands of dollars on airfare and hotels despite a ruling from federal election officials that he still owes taxpayers more than $2.1 million. The dozens of pages of filings for the year do not go into detail about where the flights were headed or where the hotels were booked. The purpose of the travel expenses was not clear. But they appeared to criss-cross the...
  • Obama gives back some of the Corzine cash

    12/26/2011 7:54:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 26, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    And only some, but this Friday night news dump serves another purpose. The mainstream media finally had to talk about the bundling Jon Corzine did for Barack Obama this year in the context of the MF Global scandal and the disappearance of $1.2 billion in customer funds: President Barack ObamaÂ’s re-election campaign has returned campaign contributions from Jon S. Corzine, former chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd., according to a Democratic official.Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee refunded the money from the former New Jersey governor out of an abundance of caution, said the...
  • (RAT) Rep. McGovern introduces (People's Rights) Constitutional amendment

    11/16/2011 4:42:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wicked Local ^ | 11/16/11
    Rep. McGovern introduces Constitutional amendment By Staff reportsMetroWest Daily News Posted Nov 16, 2011 @ 03:39 PM U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern has introduced a Constitutional amendment in the House of Representatives to repeal the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission. The amendment would restore the Founding Fathers’ intent to grant rights to people, not corporations, according to McGovern’s office.The legislation, H.J. Res 88, is intended to “clarify the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any state, the United States,...
  • Missouri residents upset by order to move lake homes

    11/06/2011 1:33:39 PM PST · by Docs Galore · 43 replies
    Artesia News ^ | 11/06/2011
    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled recently that thousands of residences and other structures identified as being built within the hydroelectric project should be removed.
  • Watchdog complaint: Cain campaign manager illegally paid for iPads, campaign travel...

    11/04/2011 3:39:28 PM PDT · by Qbert · 68 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 4, 2011 | David Martosko
    Liberal attack-dog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Friday over allegations that Prosperity USA, a nonprofit advocacy corporation run by Herman Cain campaign manager Mark Block, paid for iPads and travel related to Cain’s presidential campaign. If true, says CREW, the Cain campaign — and Block personally — would be guilty of violating at least two federal election laws. The allegations were first reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on October 30, based on internal financial records the newspaper said it obtained. The Journal Sentinel reported the following day that...
  • FCC & Net Neutrality: Let the Real Rumble Begin

    09/20/2011 6:42:44 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 34 replies
    Big Government ^ | Capitol Confidential
    It looks like it is finally going to happen. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally gotten their net neutrality regulations through the bureaucratic mess, and now it [IS] only a matter of times before they start to take effect. The National Journal reports: Open Internet regulations, or network-neutrality rules, have cleared the final regulatory hurdle before getting on the books, a Federal Communications Commission spokesman said on Monday. The rules, which limit how cable and phone companies can treat legal Internet traffic, are strongly opposed by Republicans in Congress, who have unsuccessfully attempted to repeal them on several occasions....
  • FEC Allows Presidential Campaign for Foreign-Born Man

    09/03/2011 9:46:40 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 74 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Sept. 02, 2011 | Alex Knott
    The Federal Election Commission ruled Friday that a Guyana-born American citizen could file papers and raise money to run for president of the United States. But the agency also told the prospective candidate, Abdul Hassan, that his campaign may not receive federal matching funds because he was not born in America. The FEC’s unanimous vote allows Hassan — who born in the South American country in 1974 — to be a candidate, solicit funds and requires him to file disclosure reports for a presidential bid. However, the agency’s decision stopped short of addressing the constitutional issue of whether someone born...
  • FEC Drafts Opinions for Guyana-Born Man About Presidential Run

    08/27/2011 4:38:10 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 43 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 26 Aug 2011 | Alex Knott
    The Federal Election Commission is showing signs that it might allow a Guyana-born American citizen to file papers and raise money to run for president of the United States. The agency released two draft advisory opinions Friday that could permit New York lawyer Abdul Hassan to go through the initial steps to run for president. But the FEC’s pending decision won’t be the last word on the constitutional issue of whether someone born outside the United States can be president. Hassan was born in the South American country in 1974, and he asked the FEC in July whether he could...
  • Where do I go to get my Reputation Back? Media Smears Private Citizen

    08/15/2011 7:08:57 PM PDT · by DEConservative · 6 replies
    DEConservative Blog ^ | 8/15/11 | DEConservative
    Today I recieved some news that is just, well vindication that the Truth shall set us free. After being publicly smeared as a campaign finance violator by the Delaware Republican Party simply for supporting Christine O'Donnell over Mike Castle. The FEC had previously reached a split decision on the matter but the investigative committee found no reason to believe that the O'Donnell campaign nor I had done anything wrong. Here is a link to the entire report and here is the excerpt that vindicates me. Finally, the complainant alleges that the O'Donnell Committee's press secretary stated on his Facebook page...
  • US lawmaker wants probe of Bin Laden film project

    08/10/2011 8:21:36 PM PDT · by PROCON · 20 replies · 2+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug. 10, 2011
    A Republican lawmaker accused the Obama administration of jeopardizing national security by cooperating with a Hollywood film project on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, demanded an inquiry after learning of the Pentagon's collaboration with Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. "I write to express concern regarding ongoing leaks of classified information regarding sensitive military operations," King wrote in a letter to the inspectors general at the Pentagon and CIA.
  • Carney: Yeah, taxpayers will fund the Obama Midwest Jobs Tour

    08/04/2011 11:23:14 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | august 4,2011 | Ed Morrissey
    As I mentioned in the OOTD today, Barack Obama promised a new focus on jobs for about the 15th time in less than three years, shortly after the conclusion of the debt-ceiling deal. As part of that new focus, Obama plans a bus tour — an unusual mode of travel for an American President, but SOP for a presidential candidate working the crowds to bolster support. But when White House reporters quizzed press secretary Jay Carney about whether Obama or taxpayers would foot the bill for this whirlwind tour, Carney responded that “the air of cynicism is quite thick,” as...
  • FEC: John Edwards must pay back $2.3 million in campaign funds

    07/21/2011 11:59:35 AM PDT · by americanophile · 12 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | July 21, 2011 | Kim Geiger
    <p>John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign must repay $2.3 million in federal campaign funds, the Federal Election Commission ruled Thursday.</p> <p>The funds had been paid to Edwards' campaign committee by the Presidential Election Campaign Fund, which matches funds privately raised by a campaign. An FEC audit found that the Edwards campaign received more than it should have because of accounting errors.</p>
  • Claire McCaskill amends FEC filings

    07/19/2011 11:26:33 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | July 19, 2011 | Scott Wong
    A few months after Sen. Claire McCaskill was entwined in a scandal over the use of her personal plane for campaign travel, the Missouri Democrat has released amended campaign finance reports dating back to 2006.According to the new filings with the Federal Elections Commission, McCaskill’s campaign committee had failed to account for 143 contributions in the ‘06 cycle, totaling nearly $277,000. The committee also missed about $277,000 in disbursements. During that cycle, McCaskill raised $11.5 million.The discrepancies, her campaign said, could be attributed to the fact that donations were coming in at a furious clip at the end of the...
  • CREW Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell Dismissed by Delaware U.S. Attorney

    07/16/2011 1:27:53 PM PDT · by Rational Thought · 9 replies
    ChristinePAC ^ | 07/16/2011
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2011 CREW Complaint Against Christine O'Donnell Dismissed by Delaware U.S. Attorney "I write to inform you that [the U.S. Attorney's Office] has closed its review and does not intend to pursue criminal charges...." - Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney (July 15, 2011) "The justice system should not be used as a political weapon, and we're going to keep fighting back." - Christine O'Donnell via Twitter (July 15, 2011) WILMINGTON, DE - The United States Attorney for Delaware, Charles Oberly, III, late yesterday notified attorneys for Christine O'Donnell and Friends of Christine O'Donnell...
  • Guyana-Born Man Asks FEC If He Can Run for President (Discrimination)

    07/16/2011 4:43:01 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Roll Call ^ | July 14, 2011 | Alex Knott
    A Guyana-born American citizen with virtually no political background is asking the Federal Election Commission whether he can run for president of the United States. New York lawyer Abdul Hassan was born in the northern South American country in 1974. Hassan, 37, wants to know whether he can start raising funds as a candidate for president. His advisory opinion request puts the FEC in the rare role of deciding a large constitutional issue that has only a few intersections with campaign finance law.
  • Report: Obama Films Campaign Ad In White House, Possibly Violating FEC Laws?

    06/28/2011 5:38:06 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/27/11 | none
    NRO's Jim Geraghty raises the question of whether Barack Obama filmed a video for his reelection campaign in the White House, which may possibly be a violation of federal election laws. In the video, President Obama promotes a "Dinner With Barack" raffle. To participate in the contest you need to donate at least $5 to the president's re-election campaign and your name will be raffled off to enjoy a dinner with the President, airfare and accommodations included. In a new web video, Obama announced Vice President Joe Biden will also be attending the dinner. There is one problem, however. This...
  • Obama Films Campaign Ad In White House, Possibly Violating FEC Laws?

    06/27/2011 6:58:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 46 replies ^ | June 27, 2011
    Obama 2012 campaign: President Obama himself makes an unexpected announcement about the upcoming "Dinner with Barack" contest. To participate in the contest you need to donate at least $5 to the campaign and your name will be raffled off to enjoy a dinner with the President, airfare and accommodations included. In a new web video, Obama announced Vice President Joe Biden will also be attending the dinner. There is one problem, however. This campaign ad was most likely recorded in the White House, which may have violated FEC campaign finance laws.
  • Accuser of Christine O'Donnell LIED, charges Complaint to D.C. Bar seeking Disbarrment

    06/14/2011 7:09:20 AM PDT · by Moseley · 67 replies · 1+ views
    The FREEDOMIST ^ | June 13, 2011 | Paul Collier Melanie Sloan, Christine O'Donnell attacker, faces Legal Ethics issues- bar complaint filed by Jonathon Moseley The Freedomist is following the political hack attack attempted by Melanie Sloan (CREW uses Christine O'Donnell complaint as fundraiser- how lies, slander, and libel gets Melanie Sloan funded- Freedom News) and her progressive cronies (Man throws nephew under bus to attack Christine O'Donnell- The David Keegan Story) who seem to have some unnatural fear of Christine O'Donnell, the Delaware Tea Party Senate Candidate who upset the progressive Mike Castle in the GOP primary  (O'Donnell WINS!), only to see  the Delaware State GOP turn against...
  • FEC Complaint against Christine O'Donnell Thrown Out

    06/02/2011 11:24:39 AM PDT · by Moseley · 13 replies · 1+ views
    WDEL News Radio ^ | June 2, 2011 | Randall Chase, Associated Press
    <p>Former Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says the Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint filed against her during last year's campaign by the Delaware Republican Party.</p> <p>The state GOP accused O'Donnell and the Tea Party Express of violating FEC rules that restrict coordination between candidates and outside political organizations.</p>
  • O'Donnell: FEC complaint dismissed

    06/02/2011 11:20:44 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 2+ views
    Politco ^ | 6/2/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell says the Federal Elections Commission has dropped a campaign finance complaint filed against last year her by the state’s Republican Party. Writing on Twitter early Thursday afternoon, the tea party-backed Republican announced “Breaking News! FEC dismissed the DE GOP Ex-Chair’s complaint against me.” O’Donnell’s Christine PAC did not immediately respond to POLITICO’s request for comment. The complaint against O’Donnell alleged that she and the Tea Party Express had violated campaign finance rules barring coordination between PACs and candidates.
  • Breaking: Federal judge rules corporate donation bans unconstitutional

    05/27/2011 10:05:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/27/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    The reach of Citizens United v FEC just got longer, if only temporarily. Relying on the controversial ruling, a federal judge in Virginia threw out part of an indictment against two men accused of secretly reimbursing donors to Hillary Clinton with corporate cash. Judge James Cacheris ruled that Citizens United established that corporations have a right to donate to political campaigns, as well as to spend their own money: A judge has ruled that the campaign finance law banning corporations from making contributions to federal candidates is unconstitutional. …Cacheris says that under last year’s Citizens United Supreme Court case, corporations...