Campaign Finance

Michael Collins: The Edwards Prosecution - They have better things to do

Michael Collins

We can draw several clear conclusions from the indictment of John Edwards.

The case is a joke, quite literally. It mocks justice.

The cast of characters consists of people who should have recused themselves, rather than bringing a prosecution. This strange case has the faint odor of the nonstop assault on former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman.

Apparently the Department of Justice has a lot of time on its hands. How else could it pursue this transparent nonsense while failing to prosecute the perpetrators of the financial collapse?

Finally, the prosecution shows that those in control are not even pretending to acknowledge a rule of law.

 

Watchdogs Ask Justice to Use Criminal Statutes to Stop Crossroads GPS and American Future Fund Campaign Finance Violations

Ilene Proctor PR
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DOJ Has Statutory Obligation To Step In And Enjoin Use Of Tax Exempt Non Profits To Launder Secret Money And Manipulate Elections

PRNewswire

Washington, DC-Yesterday,  several watchdog groups dedicated to clean and honest elections sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting that it immediately employ the criminal sanctions provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) to enjoin, investigate and prosecute Crossroads GPS and the American Future Fund for their "knowing and willful" violation of various provisions of the Act, such as failing to register as a political committee, failing to file political committee financial disclosure reports and failing to comply with the political committee organizational requirements.  

Donors still anonymous? IRS To Investigate Rove's American Crossroads and Other Corporate Front Groups

By Kevin Zeese
Executive Director of VotersForPeace.US and ProsperityAgenda.US
[posted with permission. Please also see companion note posted here. - luaptifer]

Contributors to These Groups Beware - You May Not Be Anonymous for Long

Conscious Citizens Need to Continue to Push Back Against Concentrated Corporate Power

A big victory yesterday for democracy as the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus, called for an investigation of corporate front groups and asked the Internal Revenue Service to conduct a full investigation not only of Karl Rove's American Crossroads but all groups improperly using tax-exempt status to manipulate elections.

Get The Money Out of Our Power

It's not as though I'm any brighter than the other folks I've been hanging with, here, for the last few years. 

But sometimes the words do feel particularly right, as in 'right on the money'. We like to say that in these United States, I wonder if that idiom was developed in the halls outside of the lobbies of our Congressional leaders, perhaps? 

Anyhow, I liked this title five years ago when the sentiment of Get The Money Out of Our Power was appropriate to the Hurricane Katrina aftermath. The ring of truth is hitting me as strongly, today, as it did on September 7, 2005

I'd hate to be that right, but I seem to remember the context being Bush's contratulations to the helluva job being done by Brownie. Think he's got anything to do with emergency aid to Haiti?

Nader's never been righter, Get The Money Out of Our Power.

McCain's matching funds problem: more than just the bank loan

-- originally posted -- 2008-02-25 02:35:22

I haven’t seen this discussed much, but there is something that Matt Browner Hamlin pointed out earlier today that brings John McCain’s use of the public financing provisions to a whole new level (at least it would seem that way).

You see, McCain didn’t just “sort of pledge” it as collateral for a bank loan. He also used it to shortcut his way onto the Ohio ballot. So, to me (and I am just a dumb blogger), it would seem that either he is locked into the public financing or he can be ineligible for the Ohio republican primary and taken off the ballot. Now, since he pretty much has the nomination close to sewn up, it would seem to be smart politics to make himself ineligible for the Ohio primary. But the bigger picture here is the shenanigans that McCain is going through with respect to the matching funds in order to give himself either an advantage or stay in the race, and he is using campaign finance laws - the same laws that he claims to champion - in order to do so.

So much for his credibility, integrity and reputation as a “reformer”.

Record Campaign Spending Makes Big Media BIGGER

A little over a year ago I wrote this article wrapping up the 2006 campaign season and showing how, no matter who wins electoral campaigns, the media is the ultimate winner:

"When all is said and done, The Media will have banked over $2 Billion [...] If a campaign can be analogized to a war, then the media are the war profiteers. Fox is the Halliburton of the press corps - GE (owner of NBC/Universal) is the…well, the GE. They benefit no matter who wins or loses. In fact, it is in their interest to incite division and to escalate the conflict."

At the time, the money raked in by media was a new record, but one that was destined to be short-lived.

Ohio Judge Strikes Down Republican Campaign Finance Bill, Wrong Bill Signed

ePluribus Media OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: An Ohio common pleas court judge struck down a Republican-pushed campaign finance bill Thursday because the wrong version of the legislation was signed by former Gov. Bob Taft and then filed with the secretary of State, making it the law of the land.

The controversial campaign finance bill was rammed through a lame-duck session of the legislature in 2006 by the GOP, which at the time enjoyed veto-proof margins in both chambers of the legislature and had a Republican governor willing to sign the bill.