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The Hill Thinks Donations Made By Americans Living Overseas (Or Working For American Outlets Of Foreign Companies) Are “Foreign Money”.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 18, 2010

That’s the pretzel logic behind their latest efforts to rush to the defense of the Republicans, this time over the foreign-donations scandal:

See the obvious dots that The Hill is trying to connect? It’s trying to suggest because Democrats have accused GOP-friendly attack groups, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, of possibly using money foreign donations to help influence U.S. elections in the form of paying for relentless attacks ads targeting Democrats, that there’s some double standard in play because Democrats have cashed checks from “foreign-affiliated” PACs.

But of course there’s no comparison between the two. None. 

The questions that continue to swirl around the Chamber revolve around unknown donors who may live in foreign countries giving undisclosed amounts.

As for the PACs in question? Behold [emphasis added]:

The PACS are funded entirely by contributions from U.S. employees of subsidiaries of foreign companies. All of the contributions are made public under Federal Elections Commission rules, and the PACs affiliated with the subsidiaries of foreign corporations are governed by the same rules that American firms’ PACs or other PACs would face.

Like I said, this is The Hill trying to connect non-existent dots. And I’m sure the GOP and right-wing bloggers are happy to watch. 

Your GOP/Media Complex in action, folks.

(UPDATE: Thanks to ClassicLiberal2 for the correction.)

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Sotomayor And Campaign Finance Reform

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 30, 2009

She’s a big fan thereof. From an e-mail sent out by the Public Campaign Action Fund:

SCOTUS Nominee Sotomayor in Money on Politics
This week’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court could add an ally of campaign finance reform to the nation’s highest judicial body. Sotomayor was a member of New York City’s Campaign Finance Board in its earliest days, helping establish the city’s successful system of publicly financed elections. In a 1996 Suffolk Law Review article, co-authored with Nicole Gordon, the Board’s executive director at that time, Sotomayor writes:

“We would never condone private gifts to judges about to decide a case implicating the gift-givers’ interests. Yet our system of election financing permits extensive private, including corporate, financing of candidates’ campaigns, raising again and again the question what the difference is between contributions and bribes and how legislators or other officials can operate objectively on behalf of the electorate. Can elected officials say with credibility that they are carrying out the mandate of a ‘democratic’ society, representing only the general public good, when private money plays such a large role in their campaigns?”

Her confirmation would stand in contrast to the arrivals of Justices Roberts and Alito to the Supreme Court. Both have taken a negative stance towards the regulation of campaign money. There’s more to see in this article from Politico.

Don’t tell Bill Donohue!

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