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Mitt Romney’s Son Invested In Electronic Voting Machines In Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, and Colorado

via Gerry Bello, Bob Fitrakis, and Harvey Wasserman, Truth Out Will you cast your vote this fall on a faulty electronic machine that’s partly owned by the Romney Family? Will that machine decide whether Romney will then inherit the White House Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son … Continue reading

Human Rights Campaign Report: Catholic Church Gives More Than $1 Million To Fight Marriage Equality

via Lila Shapiro, The Huffington Post Continuing its efforts to fight same-sex marriage in four ballot measures around the United States, the Catholic Church is now the top donor to the cause among religious institutions, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign. This fall in Washington, Maryland and Maine, voters will decide … Continue reading

Romney Campaign Took $20M Loan To Handle Summer Cash Flow Woes

via Dan Eggen and Phillip Rucker, The Washington Post Even as it bragged about beating President Obama in fundraising over the summer, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was so low on cash that it ended up engineering an unusual $20 million loan to meet expenses until the former Massachusetts governor was formally named as the Republican … Continue reading

Monsanto Spends $4.2 Million To Squash California GMO Labeling Initiative

via Anthony Gucciardi, Nation of Change Monsanto is doing its absolute best to ensure that you do not know what you are putting into your mouth, now confirmed to have donated $4.2 million in an attempt to fight the California GMO labeling initiative that could very well put them out of business. You see, if … Continue reading

Romney Campaign Outraises Obama For Third Straight Month

via Nicholas Confessore and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times The fund-raising machine behind Mitt Romney and the Republican Party once again outperformed President Obama and the Democrats last month, raising $25 million more in July than the president and his Democratic allies. Mr. Romney and the Republican National Committee took in $101.3 million … Continue reading

Right-Wing Food: You Are What You Eat

via Lauren Kelly, Alternet, Salon [Editress’ Note: You can only vote for politicians once every few years. You can vote with your wallet every single day.   Make change happen.]  — 1. Chick-fil-A It won’t be news to many readers that Chick-fil-A’s owner is deeply entrenched in conservative politics and social issues. The chain has … Continue reading

Congressman Schiff: “Only A Constitutional Amendment Can Overturn Citizens United”

via Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), San Gabriel Valley Tribune Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, represents California’s 29th Congressional District. Three weeks ago, in a decision all but lost in the tumult over the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the Justices overturned a century-old Montana law that prohibited corporate spending in that state’s elections. In … Continue reading

Stephen Colbert’s Super-PAC Banks Less Than $6,000 In June

via Justin Sink, The Hill’s Ballot Box The joke might be over. Comedian Stephen Colbert’s super-PAC raised only $5,690 in June, the second straight month that the organization brought in less than five figures. The totals pale in comparison to the committee’s performance last year, when the group raised more than $825,000. Colbert began the … Continue reading

Politicians From Both Sides Of The Aisle Take Bold Stands On LGBT Issues Ahead Of Election

via Robert Rizzuto, The Republican Although perhaps no statement this year was as landmark for the gay community as President Barack Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality, it isn’t just Democrats who are calling for increased rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people — often abbreviated as LGBT — ahead of the 2012 elections. Christian Berle, … Continue reading

U.S. Supreme Court Rules ‘Citizens United’ Applies To States

via The Associated Press, NPR The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending. By a 5-4 vote, the court’s conservative justices said the decision in the Citizens United case in 2010 applies to state campaign … Continue reading

Supreme Court Justices May Hear Montana Campaign Finance Case Addressing Two-Track System

via David G. Savage and Melanie Mason, L.A. Times When the Supreme Court ruled that corporations had the right to political free speech, it set loose a tidal wave of campaign money that helped elect a new Congress in 2010 and is now reshaping the presidential race. But the impact of the Citizens United decision … Continue reading

Heartland Institute In Financial Crisis After Billboard Controversy

via Suzanne Goldberg, The Guardian The ultra-conservative Heartland Institute admitted it was in financial crisis on Wednesday, with the flight of corporate donors making it difficult to pay staff or cover the costs of its annual conference aimed at debunking climate science. In a speech at the close of this year’s climate conference, Heartland’s president, … Continue reading

Obama Super PAC Shunned By Big Donors Citing Range Of Reasons

via Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post The push to raise unlimited contributions by a super PAC backing President Barack Obama’s reelection has run into a number of hurdles since Priorities USA Action was set up by former White House aide Bill Burton in 2011. Major Democratic donors have shunned the group, denying it funds to … Continue reading

Campaign Finance Disclosure Decision Means Rove, Koch Brothers, And Others Could Suddenly Have To Disclose Donors

via Dan Froomkin and Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post One of the most consequential campaign finance loopholes affecting the 2012 race — the one allowing big-money donors to secretly funnel millions into campaign ads — is now closed, after an appellate court ruling on Monday. In April, a district court judge struck down a Federal … Continue reading

How To Beat Citizens United

via E.J. Dionne Jr., The New York Times We are about to have the worst presidential campaign money can buy. The Supreme Court’s dreadful Citizens United decision and a somnolent Federal Election Commission will allow hundreds of millions of dollars from a small number of very wealthy people and interests to inundate our airwaves with … Continue reading

In Maine ‘Gay Marriage’ Is Out; ‘Sodomy Based Marriage’ Is In

via David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement “Gay marriage” is so 2011. Remember last week when we reported that some conservatives believe America’s third party will focus only on defeating same-sex marriage across the nation? Well, it appears they have their own Super PAC now, and it’s called the No Special Rights PAC. The … Continue reading

GOP Congressman Tells Women To Give Their Money To Democrats

via Laura Bassett, The Huffington Post As the only Republican Congressman at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) gave women an unexpected piece of advice: Give your money to Democrats. “I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under … Continue reading

Lure Of Lobbying Still Strong For House Staffers

via Corbin Hiar, iWatch News A new study finds that nearly 400  House staffers have moved from Capitol Hill to K Street in recent years, suggesting that recent efforts to curb the revolving door between lawmaking and lobbying are having limited effect. At least 378 of the 5,710 staffers working on the House side of … Continue reading

Russ Feingold: Obama Super PAC Reversal Will Lead To ‘A Legalized Abramoff System’

via Sam Stein, The Huffington Post Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) ripped into both President Barack Obama and his re-election team on Tuesday morning for backing off its previous criticism of outside spending on campaigns and embracing the role that super PACs will play in the 2012 election. “It is a dumb approach,” Feingold said … Continue reading

Big Victory On Internet Buoys Lobby

via Somini Sengupta, The New York Times The unlikely coalition of companies and consumer groups that last week helped quash antipiracy legislation on Capitol Hill is now weighing the future of what might be called lobbying 2.0. Can the Internet industry, along with legions of newly politicized Web users, be a new force in Washington? … Continue reading

STOCK Act: Insider Trading Bill To Receive Senate Vote Next Week

via Ryan Grim and Zach Carter, The Huffington Post A Senate bill banning the trading of corporate stocks by members of Congress based on nonpublic political information will see a vote next week, according to Democratic sources working on the bill. “It’ll be on the floor next week, either hotlined or an actual vote,” one … Continue reading

Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC: Testing The Limits Of Citizens United And Supreme Court

via Michael Scherer, Time Stephen Colbert is laughing at the U.S. Supreme Court. He started Thursday night, on his show, when Colbert transferred control of his super PAC to his mentor, business partner and friend, Jon Stewart. Here is the clip: It’s a great set piece of comedic theater underscored by a serious argument: Justice … Continue reading

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