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10:38 // 4 months ago
January 23, 2014
This is Dinesh D’Souza. You may know him as the guy who blamed 9/11 on liberals, or the guy who directed an anti-Obama propaganda film that made $33.4 million at the box office. But now you will get to know him as something else: The guy who allegedly convinced his buddies to donate thousands to a Senate campaign, then paid them back. That’s what we call a campaign finance law violation, and that’s why D’Souza was indicted today.

This is Dinesh D’Souza. You may know him as the guy who blamed 9/11 on liberals, or the guy who directed an anti-Obama propaganda film that made $33.4 million at the box office. But now you will get to know him as something else: The guy who allegedly convinced his buddies to donate thousands to a Senate campaign, then paid them back. That’s what we call a campaign finance law violation, and that’s why D’Souza was indicted today.

19:56 // 7 months ago
June 1, 2012
12:06 // 2 years ago
May 29, 2012
Today in ongoing tension: Jurors in the John Edwards campaign finance trial will deliberate for a seventh day, amid word of “juror issues” affecting the decision-making in the case. Edwards could face prison time depending on how they decide. (photo by Gerry Broome/AP)

Today in ongoing tension: Jurors in the John Edwards campaign finance trial will deliberate for a seventh day, amid word of “juror issues” affecting the decision-making in the case. Edwards could face prison time depending on how they decide. (photo by Gerry Broome/AP)

10:11 // 2 years ago
May 4, 2012
It gave her something to look forward to. The campaign gave her a wonderful focus and something to really hold onto.
Bryan Huffman, a confidante of 101-year-old philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Mellon • Discussing her $725,000 in under-the-table donations to the John Edwards campaign in 2007 — donations which were used as “hush money” to keep Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter a secret. Mellon’s payments were disguised as payments for furniture, to the point where notes were attached describing what kinds of furniture they were used for. Mellon, the daughter of an early Gillette president, also donated $6 million to Edwards’ PAC and, after the campaign, was allegedly pushed by an Edwards aide to donate $40 million to $50 million to a foundation for fighting poverty. 
11:21 // 2 years ago
February 18, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court paves way for Citizens United rematch
Time for Citizens United: Round 2? Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s longstanding campaign finance laws banning corporate political spending, American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. The decision came after American Tradition Partnership and two Montana businesses filed an application asking the Court to strike down the Montana Supreme Court’s decision. ATP now has until the end of March to formally request that the Court review the Montana Supreme Court’s decision. If they don’t, Montana’s decision would stand, but should they file the request, it would pave the way for a full review of the controversial Citizens United decision. (photo courtesy of flickr user kenudigit)  source
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Time for Citizens United: Round 2? Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the Montana Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the state’s longstanding campaign finance laws banning corporate political spending, American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. The decision came after American Tradition Partnership and two Montana businesses filed an application asking the Court to strike down the Montana Supreme Court’s decision. ATP now has until the end of March to formally request that the Court review the Montana Supreme Court’s decision. If they don’t, Montana’s decision would stand, but should they file the request, it would pave the way for a full review of the controversial Citizens United decision. (photo courtesy of flickr user kenudigit)  source

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12:00 // 2 years ago
November 18, 2011
Basically, it affirmed what we were all seeing on the streets, which is the average Missoulian wanted to have their voice heard … and they want their elected officials to fix the problem of corporate personhood. So I hope this message is heard and we get started on fixing the problem.
Missoula, Montana Councilwoman Cynthia Wolken • Discussing her successful efforts last week to get a referendum passed in her city against the concept of corporate personhood, which was codified with the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision. While the vote — which had a 75/25 split at the polls — wasn’t binding, it is one step in the direction of encouraging Congress to pass an amendment to help fix the system, and one small push in a larger national movement. (thanks Michael Cote) source (viafollow)
1:10 // 2 years ago