dirty tricks

StopTheChamber.com Urges FBI to Launch Criminal Investigation Into Chamber of Commerce Watergate-like Campaign

National Business Group Uses Illegal Tactics to Intimidate and Undermine Opposition

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two advocacy coalitions urged the FBI this week to launch a full-scale criminal investigation into unlawful activities committed by the Chamber of Commerce (COC) and those of its law firm, Hunton & Williams (H&W), and three military intelligence contractors hired by the law firm – HBGary Federal, Berico Technologies and Palantir Technologies, collectively called Team Themis. StopTheChamber.com (STC) and VelvetRevolution.us (VR) sent letters to the FBI detailing how these organizations jointly conspired and conducted a proposed $12 million Watergate-like campaign against STC, VR and their staff, as well as other organizations and reporters.

Although this apparent criminal operation violated both federal laws and constitutional protections, neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced any investigation.

CODEPINK Citizen Arrest of Karl Rove in DC

It appears that the offer of a reward for information that would bring Karl Rove to justice has proven to be an inspiration, at least. 

CODEPINK is an organization involved in advocacy of anti-war issues and some of its members confronted the election strategist as he spoke to a lunchtime audience on Tuesday:

On September 14, Karl Rove was speaking in Washington DC at a luncheon for the American College of Cardiology. When Rove started his speech, CODEPINK burst into the luncheon room. With handcuffs raised, they called for a citizen's arrest and read the charges against him.

Watchdog Groups Launch New Campaign To Stop Karl Rove's Dirty Tricks And Dirty Money In This Year's Elections

AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org Files Criminal Complaints, Offers Reward, Creates Ads, And Launches Boycotts
 
Today, www.AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org, a group of national watchdog organizations dedicated to clean elections and corporate accountability launched a new campaign to stop Karl Rove from using dirty tricks and dirty money to manipulate the mid-term elections by buying candidates who will support Big Business and deregulation. Rove created American Crossroads ("AC") several months ago in a hostile takeover of the Republican National Committee, and funded it by joining forces with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a cabal of billionaire corporate barons opposed to any common sense regulation, health care, environmental protection, or financial accountability.  The Chamber's Chief Counsel, Steven Law, was named AC's CEO.  AC plans to amass more than $50 million from companies making secret donations, and spend that money to influence elections and buy candidates.

Strange Bedfellows: The GOP Helps Clinton, Fearing Obama Victory

Game on, folks: looks like the GOP has decided that McCain's only chance is against Hillary Clinton, and they are pulling out all the stops to garner more "support" -- in appearance only -- to help defeat any chance of a Barack Obama nomination.

This is classic tactic -- not only a GOP one, but also a Democratic one: remember gaming the system during their primaries to keep their players in the race longer? The Democratic interference was less likely to kill a viable candidate's chances -- the entire Republican field sucked; now it simply sucks with an army of one instead of many. But the Republican party has played this game to great effect before: remember the Lamont/Lieberman primary? ePluribus Media covered the GOP/Lieberman alliance at that time:

As long as we're aware of it, we can counter it and let our own voters decide. Let's not be faced with another Liebermanesque type of "victory" due to Republican manipulations.

CNN Shows Fangs All INn the Name of FUN

In the category of how lo can you sink, CNN'senior political analyst, Jeanne Moos brought the campaign down a notch with an ostensibly humorous spot on the campaign, in which clips of the three front-running candidates shown speaking with arms outstretched, poiting emphatically. CNN has added photos showing who they might have been pointing to:Hillary Clinton/Monica Lewinsky, Barack Obama/Osama bin Laden, John McCain/Anne Coulter.with the superposition of the video is available here

Down Home Alabama

Scott Horton/NoComment:
Another Election Season, Another Political Prosecution in Alabama

The morning calm in the small Alabama town of Toney, located near Huntsville, was broken at 6:15 a.m. yesterday morning. A team of five FBI agents, accompanied by a prison matron, pounded on the door. When the man of the house answered, he was forced into the yard, shirtless in the early morning cold. The team had come for his wife, Sue Schmitz. She was dragged out of her bathroom, where she was taking a shower, handcuffed, breaking her flesh and scraping her wrists, and hustled off to prison. .. Who was this threat to the community? Sue Schmitz is a dimuitive, 63-year-old retired social studies teacher who has lived in the town for 38 years, roughly 20 of them as a civics teacher.

Read the whole thing, try to remain calm.
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