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  • Dems on FEC vote to regulate political jokes

    06/03/2016 9:23:47 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/03/2016 | Paul Bedard
    Over mocking objections from their own staff, two top Democrats on the politically divided Federal Election Commission voted to investigate one-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joking that he hoped supporters would shower him with million dollar contributions. In the latest display of FEC Democratic efforts to regulate speech and target Republicans, Commissioners Ann Ravel and Ellen Weintraub backed a complaint against Huckabee, who made the joke during his May 2015 presidential candidacy announcement. At that event, he said, "I will be funded and fueled not by the billionaires, but by working people across America who will find out...
  • TRUMP: My financial disclosure 'is the largest in the history of the FEC'

    05/17/2016 3:31:56 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 17, 2016 | Pamela Engel
    Donald Trump on Tuesday said he filed a new financial-disclosure form with the Federal Election Commission that detailed a net worth of more than $10 billion. Trump called the filing "the largest in the history of the FEC." "I filed my PFD, which I am proud to say is the largest in the history of the FEC," Trump said in the statement. "Despite the fact that I am allowed extensions, I have again filed my report, which is 104 pages, on time."
  • Trump claims net worth of more than $10 billion in new filing

    05/17/2016 2:51:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 17, 2016 | Jonathan Easley
    Donald Trump claimed a net worth of more than $10 billion in a Personal Financial Disclosure (PFD) form filed with the federal government on Tuesday, his campaign said in a statement. Trump said he filed the report on Monday. As of this writing, the report was not available for review on the Federal Election Commission website. In a statement, Trump took a swipe at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders , who has requested an extension to file his own disclosure form. “I filed my PFD, which I am proud to say is the largest in the history of the FEC,”...
  • Is online free speech under attack?

    05/09/2016 6:53:33 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5/9/16 | Rudy Takala
    Regulators in Washington are showing increasing interest in tightening rules on political speech on the web, arguing that the dissonant voices enabled by "new media" have become too influential. If that effort is successful, experts wonder whether it could impact more traditional media as well, especially in how it relates to conservatives. "The best example we can give is going back a few years to when the [Federal Communications Commission] was looking at trying to silence talk radio, which was obviously a realm of conservatism," said Drew Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit group "Protect Internet Freedom." He was referring...
  • Charge: FEC Dems would ban Drudge, NYT, free media on election eve

    04/19/2016 5:08:58 AM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/18/16 | Paul Bedard
    The war between Republicans and Democrats on the politically splintered Federal Election Commission flared late Monday when a Republican commissioner and former chairman charged that the panel's Democrats want to regulate the press and end free election media. The moves by Democrats "signal an active regulatory effort within the agency, caution press organizations to look over their shoulders, and chill the free exercise of press activity," said Republican Lee E. Goodman in a statement on a recent FEC split vote.
  • Dems on FEC vote to punish conservative for making anti-Obama movie

    04/08/2016 11:13:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/08/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Republican members block the action, but dang The next time a liberal claims there is no such thing as liberal media bias, all you have to do is ask why this story wasn’t covered outside of Fox News and sites like ours. A man makes an independent film critical of the president, and the Federal Election Commission comes within one vote of punishing him for it. He didn’t coordinate with any candidate or any party. He did it entirely on his own because he had something to say. Yet the FEC, which by law consists of three Democrats and three...
  • Why did Ted Cruz's PAC give half a million to Carly Fiorina's?

    03/27/2016 9:47:35 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 207 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | 01 OCTOBER 2015 | CHRISTINA RUFFINI
    The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has asked a Ted Cruz super PAC to explain why it gave $500,000 to another super PAC supporting one of his Republican rivals. According to financial disclosures from June, Keep the Promise I - one of four separate committees backing Cruz - gave half a million dollars to CARLY for America, the political action committee supporting Carly Fiorina. Super PACs are legally allowed to give money to other super PACs - they are only prohibited from donating directly to any political campaign. But it's unusual for one of these groups to give money to an...
  • Ted Cruz Campaign Refuses To Give FEC Details of Campaign Loans From Goldman Sachs…

    03/26/2016 5:52:09 PM PDT · by ak267 · 120 replies
    conservative treehouse ^ | 3-26-2016 | sundance
    It appears the Cruz Campaign is planning to slow walk the information on the 2011/2012 campaign loans: (Yahoo News) Ted Cruz has rebuffed a request by the Federal Election Commission to disclose more information about some $1 million in loans he received from two major Wall Street banks during his 2012 Senate campaign.
  • How ‘ghost corporations’ are funding the 2016 election

    03/19/2016 3:31:47 PM PDT · by kindred · 11 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | 3-18-16 | Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy
    Two days before Christmas, a trust called DE First Holdings was quietly formed in Delaware, where corporations are required to reveal little about their workings. A day later, the entity dropped $1 million into a super PAC with ties to Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat considering a gubernatorial bid. The trust, whose owner remains unknown, is part of a growing cadre of mystery outfits financing big-money super PACs. Many were formed just days or weeks before making six- or ­seven-figure contributions — an arrangement that election law experts say violates a long-standing federal ban on straw donors....
  • Cruz turns down FEC on campaign-loan disclosure

    03/10/2016 8:23:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 85 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 10th, 2016 | Michael Isikoff
    Ted Cruz has rebuffed a request by Federal Election Commission to disclose more information about some $1 million in loans he received from two major Wall Street banks during his 2012 Senate campaign. In a letter to the FEC this week, the treasurer of Cruz’s 2012 campaign turned down a request by agency auditors that it fill out a public form spelling out “the complete terms” of two personal loans Cruz received from Goldman Sachs and Citibank– the proceeds of which, he has since acknowledged, he used to finance his upstart race for the Senate. “They’re stalling on what they...
  • Oh my: Thousands of Bernie Sanders contributions marked illegal by FEC

    03/04/2016 1:17:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) may be trying to foment a political revolution by usurping what he sees as a corrupt campaign finance system, but the Washington Free Beacon pointed out that the darling of the Democratic PartyÂ’s left wing has accepted illegal campaign contributions that number in the thousands, some of which are coming from non-U.S. citizens: Thousands of contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersÂ’ campaign in January violated federal campaign finance laws, election regulators said on Thursday [Feb. 25].The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidateÂ’s campaign committee on Thursday with a 90-page...
  • FEC decision would end witch hunt of Drudge [Implications for FR?]

    02/29/2016 5:24:50 AM PST · by upchuck · 11 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | Feb 26, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    The Federal Election Commission, which has toyed with regulating internet new sites that have a political edge, is being urged to extend what amounts to a "Drudge Report exemption" to a developing political and marketing news site. Ethiq Inc. plans to help consumers and voters with their choices by steering specific news to them, but appears concerned that it could run afoul of the FEC, which under Democratic control mulled regulation of politically charged sites, especially conservative ones like Drudge. In a memo to the FEC, Ethiq's lawyers said that the information from their site will be non-partisan, developed by...
  • Feds Flag Thousands of Illegal Bernie Sanders Contributions

    02/26/2016 12:58:03 PM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | Feb. 26, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    Thousands of contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' campaign in January violated federal campaign finance laws, election regulators said on Thursday. The Federal Election Commission sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign committee on Thursday with a 90-page spreadsheet listing 3,457 "excessive, prohibited, and impermissible contributions." The campaign's January financial disclosure filing listed contributions from foreign nationals and unregistered political committees, the FEC said. Other contributions came from donors who exceeded the $2,700 per-election limit.
  • Rubio fined over improper donations (2012)

    02/18/2016 11:27:15 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/27/12 | John Bresnahan
    The Federal Election Commission has fined Sen. Marco Rubio $8,000 for accepting more than $210,000 in improper contributions during his 2010 run for the Senate. In a negotiated settlement finalized last month but only publicly released now, Marco Rubio for Senate acknowledged taking in more than $210,000 in "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions" during his Senate campaign and failing to refund or "redesignate" the funds within the allowed time frame. Even after an internal audit, the Rubio campaign failed to identify more than $83,000 in improper or incorrectly characterized contributions, according to a March 19 agreement between the campaign...
  • UPDATE: FEC Informs Ted Cruz Campaign They Must Provide Information On 2012 Senate Loans…

    02/03/2016 2:25:15 PM PST · by FR_addict · 249 replies
    By now most people are aware of the controversy surrounding Candidate Ted Cruz and his failure to reveal $1.3 million in campaign "loans" from Goldman Sachs and Citibank during his 2012 campaign for the senate. At the heart of the issue is a failure of Ted and Heidi Cruz to list Wall Street "loans" on the required Federal Election Commission financial reports. Together with the campaign officials the Cruz's say the non-reporting was an accidental oversight. However, a watch dog group has now filed a complaint with the FEC which is step one to beginning an FEC investigation. Update! Today...
  • Vanity: Bush only raised $7.1M in 4th Quarter; Had $7.6M Cash on Hand; $156K in Debts (Flop!)

    01/31/2016 7:43:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | 1/31/16 | Influence Explorer
    JEB 2016, INC.: DETAILS OF FILING #1047278 COVERS OCT. 1, 2015 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2015 TOTAL RECEIPTS: $7,107,370 TOTAL SPENDING: $9,788,641 ENDING CASH: $7,589,858 OUTSTANDING DEBTS: $155,989 ORIGINALLY FILED JAN. 31, 2016, 10:37 P.M.
  • Vanity: Paul raised $2.1M in 4th Quarter; Had $1.3M Cash on Hand; $248K in Debts

    01/31/2016 7:19:35 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | 1/31/16 | Influence Explorer
    RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT, INC.: DETAILS OF FILING #1047237 COVERS OCT. 1, 2015 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2015 TOTAL RECEIPTS: $2,077,407 TOTAL SPENDING: $2,931,491 ENDING CASH: $1,270,072 OUTSTANDING DEBTS: $248,368 ORIGINALLY FILED JAN. 31, 2016, 10:13 P.M.
  • Vanity: Christie raised $3.0M in 4th Quarter; Had $1.1M Cash on Hand; $62K in Debts

    01/31/2016 7:03:57 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | 1/31/16 | Influence Explorer
    CHRIS CHRISTIE FOR PRESIDENT INC: DETAILS OF FILING #1047222 COVERS OCT. 1, 2015 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2015 TOTAL RECEIPTS: $2,950,344 TOTAL SPENDING: $3,210,633 ENDING CASH: $1,126,158 OUTSTANDING DEBTS: $61,918 ORIGINALLY FILED JAN. 31, 2016, 10:01 P.M.
  • Vanity: Carson raised $22.6M in 4th Quarter; Had $6.M Cash on Hand

    01/31/2016 5:08:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | 1/31/16 | Influence Explorer
    CARSON AMERICA: DETAILS OF FILING #1046898 COVERS OCT. 1, 2015 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2015 TOTAL RECEIPTS: $22,627,101 TOTAL SPENDING: $27,331,988 ENDING CASH: $6,567,647 ORIGINALLY FILED JAN. 31, 2016, 6:28 P.M.
  • Vanity: Cruz raised $20.5M in 4th Quarter; Had $18.7M Cash on Hand, $862K in Debts

    01/31/2016 5:01:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | 1/31/16 | Influence Explorer
    CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT: DETAILS OF FILING #1046977 COVERS OCT. 1, 2015 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2015 TOTAL RECEIPTS: $20,519,558 TOTAL SPENDING: $15,563,668 ENDING CASH: $18,734,794 OUTSTANDING DEBTS: $862,620 ORIGINALLY FILED JAN. 31, 2016, 7:13 P.M.
  • Financial woes may loom for some GOP candidates (Jeb to report 4Q fundraising collapse later today)

    01/31/2016 8:02:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    AP PBS ^ | 1/31/16 | JULIE BYKOWICZ
    Money may be growing tight for four Republican presidential hopefuls clustered under Donald Trump and Ted Cruz - just when they're about to need it the most. Financial reports coming out Sunday will reveal those who began the year with enough cash to put their long-range campaign plans into motion. -snip- The financial health of the campaigns of Christie, Kasich, Bush and Rubio is critically important because they're competing not only with each other, but with Trump, a billionaire who has vowed to spend whatever it takes to win, and Cruz, who began the year with $19 million in the...
  • What to expect from the Jan. 31 FEC filing deadline (Jeb's 4th quarter fundraising collapse)

    01/30/2016 7:54:28 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Sunlight Foundation ^ | 1/29/16 | Libby Watson
    This Sunday is the deadline for campaigns and PACs to file their next FEC report, with fundraising and spending numbers covering July 1 through Dec. 31, 2015. This is the first time we've seen numbers from super PACs since June, and a lot has happened since then. We'll be using our Real-Time Influence Explorer to keep track of the filings as they come in, tweeting out interesting and noteworthy insights on Twitter -follow along! Here's a quick rundown of what we can expect from the filing deadline, and some of the things we'll be looking out for: 1. How much...
  • Campaign Watchdog Group Files FEC Complaint–Cruz Failure To Disclose

    01/20/2016 10:12:28 PM PST · by M. Thatcher · 249 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 1/20/16 | Sundance
    By now most people are aware of the controversy surrounding Candidate Ted Cruz and his failure to reveal $1.3 million in campaign "loans" from Goldman Sachs and Citibank during his 2012 campaign for the senate. At the heart of the issue is a failure of Ted and Heidi Cruz to list Wall Street "loans" on the required Federal Election Commission financial reports. Together with the campaign officials the Cruz's say the non-reporting was an accidental oversight. However, a watch dog group has now filed a complaint with the FEC which is step one to beginning an FEC investigation. cruz goldman...
  • Ted Cruz Failed to Report a Second Campaign Loan

    01/16/2016 9:16:39 AM PST · by Zenjitsuman · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | JAN. 15, 2016 | MIKE McINTIRE
    How forgetful for a guy with a photographic memory. That story that you funded your campaign with your cashed in assets, it isn't true, you told it so many times and left something big out. This is big trouble for TED since the amount is very large.
  • Carson campaign in turmoil as finance chair quits (1/31 4Q FEC deadline horror for Bush, Rubio too)

    01/14/2016 10:32:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/14/16 | KYLE CHENEY
    Dean Parker was under fire for big spending, including paying himself $20,000 a month. Ben Carson's national finance chairman resigned Thursday amid questions about his use of campaign funds and criticism from Carson allies and donors. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, appointed Parker, a tech industry entrepreneur from Mobile, Alabama, in May to spearhead the campaign’s fundraising efforts. Parker’s been a relatively little-noticed campaign power, having Carson’s ear despite friction with other leaders. Since he joined, some campaign insiders told POLITICO, his operation has piled up unnecessary expenses and paid hefty consulting fees to an inexperienced staff. Parker recently began earning...
  • FEC Commissioner: Harry Reid Wants Use of 'Slush Fund' to Help Him Retire

    01/05/2016 9:10:54 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants the Federal Election Commission to create an exemption that would allow him to spend $600,000 in unspent campaign and PAC funds on personal matters as he retires from office, the Washington Examiner reports. FEC Commissioner Lee E. Goodman labeled the funds an "administrative slush fund" as the extraordinary request was made, the Examiner reports. The Nevada Democrat wants to use the funds "to close out his offices and aid his shift to becoming a former public official still intent on influencing the nation's agenda," the Examiner's Paul Bedard reports. Read Latest Breaking News from...
  • Feds Preparing to Undo ‘Citizens United’ by Forcing Disclosure of Donors to Conservative Groups

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

    09/29/2015 8:09:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-29-15 | Noelle Emery
    Carly Fiorina is the real Donald Trump. No, she's not a billionaire with bad hair, a loose tongue and an unbridled ego the size of Australia. But she's a non-politician who's never held office, but is unnerved by the decline of American power and wishes to see it reversed. But unlike Trump she may also be able to do something about it, as she a.) knows how to speak English; b.) is able to think and speak in a rational sequence; c.) has spent years learning how the world works and building relationships with the people who run it; and...
  • Whoopsie – Federal Elections Commission Opens Inquiry…(Cruz/Carly PACs)

    09/25/2015 8:44:40 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 196 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | September 25, 2015 | sundance
    The FEC has opened an inquiry (see pdf below) into Ted Cruz Super-PAC (KtP) and Carly Fiorina Super-PAC (CfA). I’ll just drop this here as a reminder to what we previously said was going to happen; when you know the “splitters” you know the most likely scenario... ....Keep The Promise (KtP) Super-PAC is a pro-Ted Cruz PAC run by David Barton. David Barton is also Chairman of Mercury One Charities (Glenn Beck)... ...Carly For America (CfA) Super – PAC is a pro-Carly Fiorina PAC. The FEC is asking why would Keep The Promise (Ted Cruz PAC) be giving money to...
  • FEC Chair: Feds Must Help Americans Make ‘Thoughtful’ Contributions

    09/20/2015 9:37:22 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/20/2015 | Rudy Takala
    "Yes, I believe American people are intelligent enough to make decisions," said FEC chairwoman Ann Ravel. The chairwoman of the federal agency responsible for overseeing the nation's campaign finance laws has suggested that federal authorities should help Americans to make "thoughtful" political contributions. The comment came during a Thursday meeting of the Federal Election Commission. The agency was considering whether to issue an advisory decision for an organization called "Democracy Rules" that created a game-like platform for making political contributions. According to the rules of the platform, participants vote for one of a few issues in a given category, like...
  • Judicial Watch: FEC Must Investigate Democratic National Committee for Employing Illegal Alien...

    09/02/2015 10:55:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 2, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: FEC Must Investigate Democratic National Committee for Employing Illegal Alien to Craft 2016 Political Message (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting that it investigate the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for having “knowingly hired” an illegal alien, Cindy Nava, to help craft the committee’s 2016 political message and communications. Judicial Watch filed its complaint on August 25, 2015. A June 8, 2015, story in The Washington Post reported that the DNC hired Nava with full knowledge of what DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)...
  • Hillary Clinton 2016: Campaign wants donors to pay for their own food, parking

    08/18/2015 11:16:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 18, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which has struggled to keep costs in check, wants donors to pay for their own food and valet parking at fundraising events, according to a request it filed this month with the Federal Election Commission. The request, released publicly by the FEC on Tuesday afternoon, sketches out a novel accounting plan under which the Clinton campaign would shift some fundraising costs to donors, without counting against their contribution limits. According to the request signed by Clinton’s lead campaign lawyer Marc Elias, Clinton’s presidential campaign “plans to organize and host numerous events throughout the election cycle in restaurants,...
  • Cleveland-based PAC formed to bash Donald Trump draws scrutiny from the FEC

    07/29/2015 7:49:03 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 1 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry J. Gomez
    Let's Fire Trump, the Cleveland-based political action committee recently established as a vehicle for attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, might have to change its name. "Your committee's name includes the name of a candidate; however, your committee does not appear to be an authorized committee of that candidate," a senior campaign finance and reviewing analyst for the Federal Election Commission wrote this week in a letter to Jennifer Scofield, the group's treasurer. The analyst warned Scofield that the PAC could face an audit or "enforcement action" if it does not pick a new name or clarify the nature of...
  • Cruz and Bush get extra time to file personal financial disclosures

    07/12/2015 6:42:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 26 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 7/6/15 | Todd J. Gillman
    Two of the better-funded GOP candidates for president — Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — have sought and received extra time to file mandatory personal financial disclosure statements. Both wrote the Federal Election Commission last week seeking a 45-day extension so they wouldn’t have to file the forms by June 30.
  • Anti-Hillary Clinton Group Refuses to Change Name, Defying FEC Order

    06/11/2015 3:55:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2015 | By BYRON TAU
    The Federal Election Commission, which is tasked with enforcing campaign finance law, has ordered the Stop Hillary PAC to cease incorporating Mrs. Clinton’s name in its own or face penalties. At issue is a federal rule barring independent groups from incorporating or using the name of a candidate for federal office in their own names. The rule is designed to protect voters from mistaking independent groups such as PACs and super PACs with official campaigns. Dan Backer, a lawyer for Stop Hillary, argues that the word “Stop” in the committee’s name already precludes any confusion and that no supporter of...
  • Obama has an offer that AT&T can't refuse

    06/08/2015 4:55:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/8/15 | Washington Examiner
    AT&T wants to make a deal. America's second-largest mobile telephone provider and its largest landline provider wants to purchase DirecTV, the satellite television provider, for $49 billion. Regulators routinely have to sign off on such mega-deals. At least in theory, they do so in the interest of protecting the freedom of the marketplace from monopolistic practices. But in this case, the regulators are not protecting consumers — instead, the Washington Post reported last week, the Federal Communications Commission appears to be using this deal as a bargaining chip to buy off one of the larger and better-funded sources of opposition...
  • Jeb Bush, Taking His Time, Tests the Legal Definition of Candidate

    06/03/2015 11:55:13 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 June 2015 | Eric Lichtblau And Nick Corasaniti
    Jeb Bush is under growing pressure to acknowledge what to some voters and a number of campaign finance lawyers seems obvious: He is running for president. The lawyers say Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor, is stretching the limits of election law by crisscrossing the country, hiring a political team and raising tens of millions of dollars at fund-raisers, all without declaring — except once, by mistake — that he is a candidate. Some election experts say Mr. Bush passed the legal threshold to be considered a candidate months ago, even if he has not formally acknowledged it. Federal law...
  • Public outcry forces FEC Democrats to junk bid to regulate Internet, Drudge

    05/21/2015 2:35:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    The Federal Election Commission, facing punishing criticism for suggesting that political activity on the Internet should be regulated, rejected talk of new rules Thursday, a victory for GOP commissioners who feared Democrats were targeting conservative sites, even the Drudge Report. During a public meeting, Democrats on the FEC said they were responding to the public outcry in saying that no new rules are required.Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said the FEC received 5,000 comments demanding the agency keep their hands off the Internet. In response, she proposed a resolution that directly barred Internet regulation."I wanted to make clear that I was...
  • Sunrail Finishes First Year $27.2 Million In The Red

    05/12/2015 5:41:16 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 41 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 10, 2015 | Dan Tracy
    The SunRail commuter train finished its first year of operation $27.2 million in the red, bringing in $7.2 million while spending $34.4 million. The shortfall was covered by taxpayers through the state Department of Transportation, which oversees the system running from DeBary in Volusia County through downtown Orlando to south Orange County. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, chairman of the SunRail board, called the performance "good for a first year." He predicted SunRail's losses would fall in coming years because the train would carry more passengers and advertising income would increase.
  • Charge: Election commission Dems want power to regulate conservative Internet, media, super PACs

    05/11/2015 9:51:42 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-11-15 | Paul Bedard
    Bristling at claims that GOP opposition has made the Federal Election Commission "worse than dysfunctional" in the eyes of the Democratic chairwoman, Republicans counter-charge that the left is frustrated because it hasn't succeeded in regulating conservative Internet sites, media and right-leaning super PACs. In an escalating fight on the politically-divided FEC, the former Republican chairman on Monday charged his Democratic replacement with playing politics and trying to belittle foes to get her way. (Snip) "To punctuate her concerns over 'dark money' as the poster issue for Republican lawlessness, she has publicly called out four conservative non-profit organizations: Crossroads GPS, Americans...
  • Bill Clinton signed directors chair seatback from concert that evidenced a crime

    05/07/2015 1:35:34 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 15 replies
    ebay ^ | 5-7-15 | dfu
    NOTE TO ADMIN MOD: this is not a commercial solicitation. I have no expectations of selling the item for $37,500. The point is to expose the story. After three false FEC returns, the FEC gave Hillary an immunity agreement and ordered her to file a fourth report. She filed a fourth false report and the crime thus continues. FREEPERS --- please ask questions on the item and allow me to tell the story and further skewer her. I hope this story can make the news. Thanks. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Bill Clinton signed directors chair seatback from concert that evidenced a crime Hillary...
  • FEC Chair Has Pretty Much Given Up Enforcing Finance Rules

    05/03/2015 12:34:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2015-05-03 | Evan McMurry
    Federal Election Commission chair Ann Ravel told the New York Times Sunday that she has “largely given up hope of reining in abuses in the 2016 presidential campaign.”“The likelihood of the laws being enforced is slim,” she said. “I never want to give up, but I’m not under any illusions. People think the F.E.C. is dysfunctional. It’s worse than dysfunctional.”This obviously reflects the deluge of spending since the Citizens United decision. But per the Times it is also indicative of the partisan split between the FEC board members, who continually deadlock in 3-3 votes. This leaves the commission ineffective...
  • Totally Eye-Popping [Cruz's fundraising]

    04/11/2015 10:11:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 12, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Is it a good thing or a bad thing that a presidential candidate demonstrates an ability to raise enough money to effectively reach the “inhabitants of America” with his political message? On Friday, National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show took a further drag on our tax dollars to take incredulous note of the fact that four Super PACs supportive of Republican Ted Cruz’s campaign for president declared having collected, collectively, $31 million. One of Diane’s guests, Neal King, Jr., with the Wall Street Journal, explained that all four PACs associated with the Cruz effort sport the “Keep the Promise”...
  • Another watchdog seeks FEC inquiry into whether Clinton must declare candidacy

    04/03/2015 8:39:30 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 12 replies
    WASHINGTON — In the latest barb of a recent conservative onslaught aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a new watchdog group said Friday it has asked the Federal Election Commission to determine whether she has violated campaign laws by failing to formally declare her presidential candidacy. The complaint cited media reports that Clinton has already picked her staff, selected pollsters and that her team is feeding talking points to a new political group to try to defend her amid a controversy over her use, while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, of a private email account to...
  • Campaign Finance Complaints Filed Against 4 Presidential Hopefuls[O’Malley-Santorum-Walker-Bush]

    04/01/2015 8:53:53 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 31 March 2015 | Eric Lichtblau
    For months, White House hopefuls from both parties have been raising millions in unlimited contributions at upscale fund-raisers from Manhattan to Palm Springs, Calif. — all without officially declaring themselves candidates and becoming subject to federal caps on contributions. Only a few of some 20 would-be presidential candidates have even bothered to set up the exploratory committees that were once a time-tested way to declare interest in the White House — and that set off their own fund-raising restrictions. But two leading campaign finance groups charged on Tuesday that the spread of these unofficial campaigns in recent months was not...
  • Dick Cheney calls Obama the 'worst president of my lifetime'

    03/18/2015 10:28:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    The Week ^ | 03/18/2015 | Catherine Garcia via James Rosen, From PLAYBOY interview with Dick Cheney
    In a new interview with Playboy, former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder of "playing the race card" and said that he could "go on for hours" about all of the ways Obama has "undone" the work of President George W. Bush.Although the article claims that Cheney's "preoccupations revolve around the books in his study and the purchase of just the right gifts for his grandchildren," it sounds more like he's kind of obsessed with Obama. Calling him "the worst president in my lifetime," Cheney said his criticism of Obama and Holder has nothing...
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

    03/12/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-12-15 | T. Becket Adams
    Politico scored a journalistic coup with its exclusive 2014 profile on Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups. But a former Illinois lawmaker who said Politico contacted him repeatedly that year with questions regarding claims he was targeted by Lerner in the mid-1990s has been left wondering why the news group chose to ignore his documented dealings with the former federal official. "I was shocked," Al Salvi told the Washington Examiner's media desk, describing what he characterizes as several "lengthy" interviews with Politico reporter Rachael Bade. Lerner went after his 1996...
  • Dem Rep. Hank Johnson: Amend Constitution to Restrict Freedom of Speech

    11/29/2012 10:44:38 AM PST · by abishai · 77 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | Nov 29 2012 | Eric Scheiner
    (CNSNews.com) - Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) says, “corporations control the patterns of thinking” in the United States and that the Bill of Rights to the Constitution should be amended so that the government is given the power to restrict freedom of speech. "We need a constitutional amendment to allow the legislature to control the so-called free speech rights of corporations," said Johnson. “These corporations, along with the people they support, other millionaires who they’re putting into office, are stealing your government. They’re stealing the government and the U.S. Supreme Court was a big enabler with the Citizens United case,” Johnson...
  • Eleventh-hour drama for net neutrality rules

    02/24/2015 5:52:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    the hill ^ | 02/24/15 | Julian Hattem
    A Democrat on the Federal Communications Commission wants to see changes that could narrow the scope of new net neutrality rules set for a vote on Thursday. Mignon Clyburn, one of three Democrats on the FCC, has asked Chairman Tom Wheeler to roll back some of his provisions before the full commission votes on them, FCC officials said. The request — which Wheeler has yet to respond to — puts the chairman in the awkward position of having to either roll back his proposals, or defend the tough rules and convince Clyburn to back down. It’s an ironic spot for...
  • FEC not letting Jesse Jackson Jr. off the hook just because he’s in jail

    02/22/2015 3:21:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/19/15 | Colby Itkowitz
    **SNIP** So Thursday, the FEC sent Jackson’s campaign committee its eighth consecutive failure-to-file notice. It must file its end-of-the year report for 2014 or face a penalty. (Perhaps that threat rings a bit hollow when you’re already in jail?) In August 2014, the FEC fined Jackson for nearly $18,000 for not filing reports in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune. He must formally terminate his committee to get the FEC off his back, but his treasurer quit in September 2013, and so it seems there’s no person responsible for doing the necessary paperwork. Since his last report in November 2012,...