Monthly Archives: March 2011

Minnesota Daily: End invisible funding

Campaign finances should be more regularly reported.

March 28, 2011- Gov. Mark Dayton pledged to release his campaign finance reports more frequently last week as part of his push toward requiring more consistent financial campaign reporting. He has also proposed needed legislation to make political donations more transparent during non-election years.

Minnesota law currently requires financial campaign activity to be reported only during an election year, leaving a 13-month gap between the last reporting period of one election year and the first month of the following election period.

However, candidates spend and receive money during this non-reporting period. It does not make sense to require reporting only half of the time when politicians are spending and receiving money all the time.

The Washington Current: Boxer: Rove Groups Pledge $120 Million Against Democrats In 2012 Election

March 28, 2011- Organizations associated with prominent Republican strategist Karl Rove plan to spend $120 million to defeat Democrats in the 2012 elections, according to Sen. Barbara Boxer.

A former top aide to President George W. Bush, Rove helped form such groups as American Crossroads and American Crossroads GPS, which spent heavily on negative political attack ads against congressional Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections.

"Take it from me: I know first-hand the extremes Republicans are willing to go to win," Boxer (D-Calif.) says Monday in a fundraising email for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). "They threw everything but the kitchen sink at me in 2010 – and they will have even more money to fund their attacks this time."

Mother Jones: Karl Rove’s Audacious Transparency Hypocrisy

The Bush official's dark-money group, Crossroads GPS, gets into the transparency game. Seriously?!

March 23, 2011- Karl Rove's dark-money political operation has uncovered a major piece of what it's calling "breaking news": Elizabeth Warren, the White House aide in charge of assembling the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, once "made time for dinner" with me. Alert the blogosphere! Send out the tweets! Launch an investigation!

But there's a slight problem with this supposed scoop: there was no such dinner. Nor a lunch. Not even a breakfast, or a snack.

Talking Points Memo: Crossroads GPS Sues Obama Admin Over Health Care Docs

March 23, 2011- The Karl Rove-linked conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS has filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over information about waivers the Department of Health and Human Services granted from the health care reform law.

Crossroads GPS is a non-profit political cash machine, founded by Rove and former RNC chair Ed Gillespie last year. It is not required to release the names of its donors.

ABC News: Rove Group Launches Anti-Obama Wiki

 Crossroads GPS Hits Obama on Transparency, Sues Administration Over Health Care FOIA

March 23, 2011- One of the country's largest and most powerful pro-Republican advocacy groups with ties to Karl Rove has launched an online clearinghouse for internal Obama administration documents to expose what it says is a failure by the president to be as transparent and open as promised.

The database at Wikicountability.org allows registered users to upload and search information obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, much as they would at sites like Wikipedia or Wikileaks.

Crossroads GPS 501c4 Status May Be In Jeopardy

On March 15, 2011, we filed a strong letter with the IRS requesting that it deny 501c4 status to Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS because it has violated the Federal Election Campaign Act. If that c4 status is denied, the group will have to disclose all of its 2010 donors and pay taxes on the tens of millions it spent during that election. Moreover, it will be prohibited from using c4 status in the 2012 election.

READ LETTER HERE:

RAW Story: Exclusive: FEC inaction on enforcing election laws rises more than 600 percent

Little-noticed Republican appointee has encouraged deadlock

April 1, 2010- After GOP lawyer Caroline Hunter helped lead the national Election Assistance Commission, a propitious series of events allowed her swift confirmation to the Federal Election Commission.

The result, along with FEC appointments of her two Republican colleagues, has been a staggering decrease in the commission's ability to enforce campaign finance law.

Politico: To right, Citizens United just a start

March 18, 2011- Not satisfied by the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates to corporate-sponsored election ads, conservative opponents of campaign finance regulations have opened up a series of new legal fronts in their effort to eliminate the remaining laws restricting the flow of money into politics.

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