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UPDATED: Cliff Arnebeck on Ohio Racketeering Complaint Against Karl Rove and the Chamber of Commerce

Current Update: Ohio Chamber reneges on commitment to produce names of contributors


At today's hearing at the Ohio Elections Commission, Bradley Smith, former chairman of the Federal Elections Commission, serving as counsel to Partnership for Ohio's Future, stated that all anyone had to do was ask for their list of contributors--and Cliff did not ask.  TV 10 and a film maker videoed the hearing, and a court reporter recorded it as well.
 
After the hearing I asked and was assured by Linda Woggon in the presence of Brad Smith that the she would send the information to me.  I served subpoenas for the information when I did not receive anything.  Brad then called me and said that they would have the material by 2:00 pm, or 3:00 at the latest.  At 3:30 a delivery person arrived at my office with a motion to quash our subpoenas.
 
The Chamber has returned to a policy of secrecy after four election cycles in which it published the names of its contributors to influence candidate elections.
 
Cliff Arnebeck

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Racketeering by Karl Rove and Chamber of Commerce? ProtectOurElections.org cites Allegations filed by Ohio Election Attorneys

Election Attorneys File Racketeering Complaint Against Karl Rove and Tom Donohue's Elections Operations - Complaint Charges Fraud, False Statement And Illegal Coordination

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by ProtectOurElections.org:

Yesterday, Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck filed a two-count complaint with the Ohio Election Commission against The Partnership for Ohio's Future, an affiliate of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, alleging two overarching charges under state racketeering laws. First, that the Partnership is "...not truly independent, but rather has been coordinated with the Republican candidates, their agents, committees, parties and their de facto coordinated national campaign being directed by Karl Rove." Second, that the Partnership is making false statements by saying that its ads are "not authorized by a candidate or a candidate's committee," when in fact they are. Affidavit_of_Complaint.PDF

Chamber of Commerce threatening critics? FBI probe requested.

Just a quick note to point to an item at LegalSchnauzer on threats by the United States Chamber of Commerce and its supporters against one of the Chamber's persistent critics, Velvet Revolution (VR).

Our readers will recall the VR campaign, StopTheChamber.com, as one that was started in 2009 to focus attention to possibly illegal activities of the Chamber, under its chief Tom Donahue,

Yesterday, LegalSchnauzer reported that a new letter has been sent to the FBI by VR's attorney, Kevin Zeese, requesting that the law enforcement agency investigate a series of threats against his organization. 

These reportedly began shortly after launch of the Stop The Chamber campaign and included insults and explicit threats of violence.  They've apparently increased with VR's current advocacy efforts to track other Chamber activities such as the joint campaign financing effort with Karl Rove, AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org

Watchdog Group Calls on Criminal Investigation and IRS Audit of U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Over Allegations of Foreign Money

Hundreds Of Thousands Collected By Chamber To Influence Elections

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- StopTheChamber.com, a group of watchdog organizations dedicated to corporate accountability, today renewed its calls for a criminal investigation and complete audit of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in light of yesterday's stunning revelation that the Chamber has been actively soliciting money from foreign companies to influence American elections. In a report released yesterday, the non partisan Center for American Progress Action Fund found that the Chamber has been blatantly violating campaign finance laws not only by accepting money from foreign companies but also soliciting that money and then using it to try to influence U.S. Elections. http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/05/foreign-chamber-commerce/

Watchdog Group Hails Senate Finance Committee Request For IRS Investigation Into Activities Of American Crossroads Et Al

For Misuse of 501c4 Status To Hide Donors And Engage In Prohibited Political Activity

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Washington, DC — The watchdog group, www.AmericanCrossroadsWatch.org, hails Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus for requesting that the Internal Revenue Service (1) survey major 501(c)(4), (c)(5) and (c)(6) organizations involved in political campaign activity to examine whether they are operated for the organization’s intended tax exempt purpose and to ensure that political campaign activity is not the organization’s primary activity, (2) examine if these political activities reach (a primary purpose level–) the standard imposed by the federal tax code – and if they do not, whether the organization is complying with the notice or proxy tax requirements of Section 6033(e), and (3) survey major 501(c)(4), (c)(5), and (c)(6) organizations to determine whether they are acting as conduits for major donors advancing their own private interests regarding legislation or political campaigns, or are providing major donors with excess benefits. See complete letter at http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/Baucus_irs_tax_exempt_9_28_10.pdf

Zeese: Can Anyone Stop Rove’s Crime Against Democracy While it is in Progress?

By Kevin Zeese

In this first post-Citizens United election, voters are the victims of a democracy crime that the government seems unable, or unwilling, to stop despite it occurring right before our eyes.

Political operatives, like Karl Rove, are misusing the tax laws to create organizations that allow for anonymous and unlimited donations from corporations and the super-rich in order to determine the outcome of the mid-term elections in violation of election and tax laws. See American Crossroads Watch.

Voter Beware Concentrated Corporate Power is Creating Deceptive Elections

With permission by Kevin Zeese.

The Republican Party is being replaced with secret donors and unlimited donations as concentrated corporate interests spend hundreds of millions in the Mid-term elections.

In the last week Democrats were gloating about how little money the Republican Party had in its campaign coffers. The Republican National Committee has just over $5 million in the bank for the final stretch of the 2010 midterm election campaign and is carrying over $2 million in debt.

These figures have Democrats jumping for joy, but their excitement is misplaced. The combination of Michael Steele and Citizens United is creating a paradigm shift in how elections are funded among Republicans. Rather than giving to the Republican Party, where Michael Steele controls the money, their name is made public and they are limited by regulation as to how much they can give, major donors have abandoned the RNC and are giving to 527 and 501(c)(4) organizations, which can also take money directly from corporations. This new approach to campaign finance will alter U.S. politics reducing the power of political parties and increasing the power of concentrated corporate wealth.

 

USCC insider hints at money laundering, Election Attorney files document hold on Chamber & American Crossroads

Reposted with author's permission, original at HuffingtonPost.

"Election Lawyer Files Document Hold Against U.S. Chamber of Commerce
And American Crossroads For Alleged Money Laundering, Insider Talks"

by Rebecca Abrahams

Election fraud attorney Bob Fitrakis sent letters today to attorneys representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Crossroads requesting that they retain all documents, emails, accounting records and other records. This “document hold” is the first step toward legal action based on the groups’ alleged laundering of illegal campaign contributions from large corporations.  
 
Fitrakis, in a telephone interview, explained, “We are planning on notifying the groups [as part of our] investigation and we’re requesting that they hold all those documents pertaining to what we believe is an illegal money laundering scheme.”

Bobby Kennedy Jr. And Eliot Spitzer Ask, Where Are The Prosecutors?

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Watchdog Group Calls For Criminal Prosecutions Of U.S. Chamber Of Commerce

 

Washington, D.C.--StopTheChamber.com, a network of national organizations dedicated to corporate accountability, has been calling for months for a full criminal investigation into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its top staff, including CEO Tom Donohue, for racketeering, fraud, false reporting, and campaign finance violations. Now  the network is adding obstruction of justice to that list. In the past two weeks, the United States has been hit with three major disasters, all tied to the polices and practices of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. First, 29 miners were killed in a Massey Energy coal mine explosion, second, 11 oil workers were killed in an British Petroleum oil rig fire, and third, Goldman Sachs was charged with a massive billion dollar fraud enterprise.