Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, March 22, 2019

After the FEC hit the Jeb Bush-affiliated Right to Rise super PAC with a record fine for illegally soliciting donations from foreign donors, focus has shifted to how many foreign-owned companies actually participate in American elections. The answer? Quite a few. Foreign-based corporations or U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-based corporations have contributed millions of dollars to super PACs and hybrid PACs following Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened up federal elections to direct corporate contributions. Foreign nationals are barred from contributing to federal committees. However, a foreign corporation's U.S. subsidiary is allowed to contribute to candidates as long as no foreign national directs the contribution.

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While I consider the Citizens United case to be one of the worst decisions by the Supreme Court (next to it's more recent ruling overturning much of the Voting Rights Act), they did provide a message to the country as what should happen next, which was next acted on. And that was that it was up to Congress to decide the role that money plays in elections and that at least they needed to pass laws that would force PAC's and other organizations who get donations what are used to promote political ideas, that they need to at least be required to disclose exactly who giving what to whom. Of course, nothing like ever happened and when they did try to reign in political spending with the McCain-Finegold bill, Republican Congresses have watered it down to where it's virtually worthless.

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#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-03-23 02:53 AM | Reply

We should never forget the SOTU speech given by Barrack Obama when he said that this would be the result of CU and that evil piece of crap Justice Alito sat there shaking his head no. I would love for a media person to interview him today and confront him with that same idea. Every Justice that voted in favor of CU should just resign, they have seriously harmed our nation and now foreign powers are having more influence on our government than we do. Putin is the real President of American and we all know it but Republicans don't care because their guy sits in the WH, they also know but won't admit it, he is subservient to Putin.
We should have massive rallies in cities all over the nation demanding those resignations.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-23 05:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Citizens United and partial repeal of the Voting Rights Act are partisan Republican decisions enacted by partisan hacks after being appointed by partisan hacks who are enemies of democracy, yet who always use fake love of democracy to justify war.

#3 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-23 08:26 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Right now....we are trying to have the President of Venezuela overthrown though he was elected democratically and is supporter by the majority of the Venezuelan people. But it's the brown people who support him so the U.S. opposes him. We have invaded a few countries in the last 20 years, did any of them have huge oil resources? Do you have the courage to question why our government is now opposing Maduro? Are you stupid enough to think it is because our government gives a crap about Venezuelans? Oil fools! It's all about oil morons!

#4 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-23 08:41 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Following Citizens United, Foreign Corporations Funnel Millions Into US Elections"

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This is what the Founders wanted, according to right-wing "Free Speech" supporters.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-23 02:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

You call tell from their silence.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-23 04:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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