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Sat Dec 28, 2019, 09:22 AM

Who are the biggest Dark Money Spenders?

A preview of the detailed history of Dark Money Spending.

Timeline: Important Campaign Finance Milestones
1976: Buckley v. Valeo - Supreme Court decision that allowed unlimited campaign expenditures by individuals.

Before 2007: Much of the outside spending consisted of communications to members with a little express advocacy, known as "independent expenditures," such as radio or TV ads.

2007: FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life Supreme Court decision ruled that issue ads can be aired in the months leading up to an election.

2008 Election Cycle: There was an explosion in electioneering communications, which are issue ads made within certain pre-election and pre-convention time periods.

2010: Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision loosened restrictions on corporate spending and made it possible for Dark Money groups to ramp up their independent expenditures.

https://www.opensecrets.org/dark-money/top-election-spenders

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saidsimplesimon Dec 2019 #1
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usaf-vet Dec 2019 #3
Kid Berwyn Dec 2019 #4
usaf-vet Dec 2019 #5

Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 10:21 AM

1. This was my number 1 issue in 2000.

The Supreme Court decision to give an anonymous voice to big dollar donors may destroy the very foundations of our Republic.

thank you for posting the discussion

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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 10:39 AM

2. How do we deal with it?

Political speech is the most protected speech, being the reason for the 1st Amendment.

How do we curb corporate spending on electioneering without infringing on that 1st Amendment right for individuals?

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 02:00 PM

3. Reverse Citizen United. To do that we need to balance SCOTUS. To do that we need WH, House, Senate.

Three easy steps.








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Response to usaf-vet (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 02:24 PM

4. Publicly financed election campaigns.

Top to bottom, all candidates get equal access to media, equal treatment and equal time.

Let the people ó not the money bags nor their corporations ó decide which candidates are heard.

Then, after getting a chance to hear and consider all candidadates, people vote through a series of primary elections and run-offs, candidates can move up to elections for office.

Just a thought: get money out of politics. Otherwise, itís likely a lot more planet killing and war until the end.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 28, 2019, 02:43 PM

5. Great points. We need to remember the RW has been working for years to get us here......

..... we need to fight back with the same intensity EVERY DAY.

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