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Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Republican National Committee, chairman Reince Priebus and Louisiana Republicans filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking for permission to set up an independent account that could raise and spend potentially enormous sums of money to help federal candidates. Under the current rules, the RNC may only accept $32,400 each year from donors and local-level parties are capped at $10,000. "The patchwork of limits on political speech undermines the First Amendment and puts high transparency, full-disclosure groups like the RNC on an unequal footing with other political entities," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. "We are asking that political parties be treated equally under the law."


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Campaign finance watchdogs warned of serious implications if the court sides with the GOP.

"If the RNC is successful, we will again see party committees brazenly soliciting $1 million contributions from wealthy contributors seeking to directly purchase influence over candidates and officeholders, with the party committees acting as the sales agent," said Lawrence Noble, general counsel to the FEC from 1987 to 2000 and now an adviser at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.

Friday's challenge was the latest effort from the RNC to whittle away at campaign finance laws, said David Donnelly, executive director of the Public Campaign Action Fund, which backs taxpayer-funded elections

"If successful, this case would give the wealthiest among us even more influence in politics, further drowning out the voices of everyday people who can't write huge checks," Donnelly said.

I'm not going to get into any future arguments as to which party structure first crossed the Rubicon into the territory of championing unlimited contributions as being analogous to supporting their contributor's First Amendment rights.

Has anyone ever given any thought to the fact that not all campaign contributions are spent on actual "speech" activity and that funding these organizations is not the same thing as actual political speech by any reasonable measure?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-05-24 03:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

barry obama started this ball rolling in 2008 and each and every one of you know that...

TOO "you know what" bad !!

#2 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-05-24 03:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

Of course they do.

#3 | Posted by fresno500 at 2014-05-24 06:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just try to get them to admit it.

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-25 03:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

There's too much money in politics as it is.

Cut the salary for Congress to minimum wage, and no pensions for government employees.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-05-25 04:09 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

or just let me and wisgod run things....we promise we''ll take care of you libs.....



#6 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-05-25 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Money needs taken out of politics more than anything else currently facing our nation. We are truly becoming the best republic money can buy.

Money is not speech. I have the same right and ability as any billionaire to stand outside and yell or call or mail/email a politician. However, if money is speech, they have the ability to completely drown out my voice, which reduces MY freedom of speech. Certainly a far cry from the intent of the Bill of Rights.

#7 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-25 05:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

ZPN: I totlly agree. It is a plague on all our houses.

#8 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-05-25 05:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Just do as the dems do with five dollar a shot 'donations' over the internet with no oversight.

#9 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-25 11:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Great news. Now they will be able to spend a fraction of what the democrats spend.

You know all that biased press coverage is also money being spent on democrats.

#10 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-05-26 12:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

In 2012, when the Kochs and the RNC tried to buy the election, they threw quite a bit of money, and by quite a bit, I mean a metric ------- of money, to NO apparent purpose. I wish them luck with their new unlimited foray in buying votes they already own. The "undecided" voters are just that; undecided.

#11 | Posted by john47 at 2014-05-26 06:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

Dylan said "money doesn't talk, it swears". That being the case, politicians get more potty-mouthed by the day...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2014-05-26 10:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

or just let me and wisgod run things....we promise we''ll take care of you libs.....



#6 | Posted by afkabl2

Like give them a ticket to France?

#13 | Posted by LastAmerican at 2014-05-26 12:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Otherwise, how esle can the GOP win elections?

#14 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-05-26 04:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

As opposed to the us department of war pigs, 'federal' reserve, oil mafia, etc that bribe at will.

End the corporate person.

Any lesser measure is meaningless posturing.

#15 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-05-26 08:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

....It's a War...It's You or Them!

**** Money is a WEAPON in the hands of these CROOKS and they use this $Weapon to Manipulate,Monopolize and Rule America.The American Public then is entitled to use any other WEAPONS they can get their hands on to STOP these Crooks!!!

#16 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-05-27 02:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

Zeropointnrg wrote,

"Money needs taken out of politics more than anything else currently facing our nation."

Lets See you think money in politics is worse than

Nuclear weapons in Iran
Russia taking over another country
High Unemployment
Higher taxes
NSA Spying on American Citizens
Veterans Dying at the VA due to negligence
Gun Violence in ethnic neighborhoods

Bet you wish you had thought this over before sticking your foot in your mouth.

#17 | Posted by mcmlcxx at 2014-05-27 03:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nuclear weapons in Iran

Undesirable, but not a direct danger to us. We can let our little proxy over in the ME deal with that. We could remove most of the affect that would have on us - which would be the affect on oil - by making ourselves energy independent. We should be pursuing renewables with a vengeance, but also speculating for oil in other areas we have closed off as options, currently. But we aren't. Are you so naive as to believe that is not due to lobbying from special interests paralyzing the process? On both sides of the aisle?

Russia taking over another country

Same as above. Undesirable. Mostly for the same reason. This will impact energy costs/production in Europe. Beyond that, we have to wait and see. One does not want to repeat the mistake of appeasement as with Hitler. However, is it affecting the day to day working and well-being of this nation? Not a bit at the moment. We need to fix ourselves before we start worrying about other nations.

High Unemployment

Direct result of money in politics. I don't even know how this is part of your argument. New forays into the business world that can't compete due to carefully crafted legislation given to the congresscritters by their favorite lobbyists. Regulated out of a chance to grow. Plus, politicians siding with moneyed interests rather than trust-busting style leadership where necessary, which would increase competition, drive down costs and increase jobs. Finally, no one dealing with our trade deficits.

Higher taxes

Due to loopholes, they aren't high enough.

NSA Spying on American Citizens

What part of military industrial complex do you not understand? There are companies making money off this, lobbying for all the new technology they can bring to bear in this issue, and that is what politicians are concerning themselves with rather than the rights of the people. Another direct result of money in politics.


Mandate? Crafted by insurance companies? Have you read anything about this process?

Veterans Dying at the VA due to negligence

Inexcusable. Absolutely deplorable and inexcusable - but no. Not as big an issue. Terrible, but it does not touch on so many other things at once.

Gun Violence in ethnic neighborhoods

The money of your drug warriors and prison industry lobbyists fuel much of this. The people in those areas make singular mistakes in their lives, usually involving drugs that shouldn't be illegal in the first place, and end up unemployable. How do you stop recidivism? Give people something better to aspire to. If you take that away, nothing stops the downward spiral. The prison complex, particularly for profit private prisons though, love "tough on crime" laws that keep people in jail longer and more likely to come back though.

Special interests paralyzing our legislative process, encouraging government waste, and putting the interest of only the very few above the many touch on every aspect of domestic life today. It won't get better until politicians have to start focusing on the approval of their electorate again, rather than that of certain special interests before they even have the financing to run.

#18 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-27 10:39 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I can't believe you actually tried to defend your stupidity. No critical thinking skills at all. You get an F for failure.

#19 | Posted by mcmlcxx at 2014-05-27 12:09 PM | Reply | Flag:

That's all you've got for a retort? Every one of your little issues taken down or shown to be part of the very problem I talked about, and it's my stupidity?

Oh, yeah. Probably a righty. Dubya school of victory. Declare "Mission Accomplished" and damn the reality.

#20 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-05-27 12:23 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1


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