Monthly Archives: November 2010

Local Chambers of Commerce Distancing from U.S. Chamber

During the 2010 election cycle, leaders from local chambers of commerce and business associations around the country have been distancing themselves from the U.S. Chamber's partisan political activity.  Some chambers have decided not to renew their membership with the national organization and many felt it necessary to announce the public that their chamber was NOT a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  As of the end of October 2010, over 40 local chambers had clarified their distance from the Chamber. Please click here for a downloadable list of these organizations and their statements.

Huffington Post: Chamber Of Commerce’s Lobbying To Extend Bush Tax Cuts Would Reap Millions For Wealthy Backers

November 29, 2010- The labor-backed advocacy group U.S. Chamber Watch is taking aim at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a new report, arguing that the industry group's aggressive lobbying effort to extend the Bush tax cuts is less about creating jobs for businesses and more about lining the pockets of wealthy corporate CEOs who would personally gain from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

LA Times: Election tone was anti-incumbent, but old pros handled the cash

Most went for a war on the airwaves, consultants say, making TV stations big winners. 

November 27, 2010- Anti-incumbent anger and "tea party" conservatives may have set the tone for this year's midterm elections, but it was mostly experienced political operatives — not fervent newcomers — who managed the money.

MSNBC: Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial

Former U.S. House majority leader faces up to life in prison

November 24, 2010- Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts against DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He faces up to life in prison on the money laundering charge.

After the verdicts were read, DeLay hugged his daughter, Danielle, and his wife, Christine. His lead attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said they planned to appeal the verdict.

Are Rove and Donohue Next?

AP: Ring Found Guilty of 5 Counts in Bribery Case
Abramoff associate convicted of 5 counts in corruption case, not guilty of 3 in retrial

Nov. 15, 2010- An associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff who tried to beat corruption charges by arguing he was only doing Washington business as usual was convicted Monday of bribing public officials with meals and tickets.

Kevin Ring was found guilty of five felony counts and not guilty on three others in a second trial, after a first jury could not agree on a verdict last year.

The Definition of Sedition

In law , sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion  of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance  ) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel . A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

Mother Jones: Outside Spending: The Final Tally

November 8, 2010: By the time voters went to the polls last week, outside groups had spent more than $454 million to influence campaigns. But there's little evidence that all that spending benefited Republicans much more than Democrats, as the final tallies on spending were actually pretty close.

A total of $197.4 million was spent backing Republican candidates, while groups spent $181.1 million for Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation.

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