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Truth-Out: "Super PACs, Dark Money and the Hillary Clinton Campaign, Part 1"

Very informative IMHO.

Super PACs, Dark Money and the Hillary Clinton Campaign, Part 1
Saturday, 05 December 2015 * By Melissa Yeager and Libby Watson * Truthout/Sunlight Foundation

We're going to dive into the web of financing for all of the presidential candidates, but as we have looked into several Republican candidates already - like Ted Cruz's plethora of super PACs and Right to Rise's pro-Jeb Bush advertising - we're going to start this exercise over on the Democratic Party side with Hillary Clinton.[1]

We'll be delving even deeper into the Clinton money network tomorrow morning, so keep your eyes peeled for part two. But for now, let's get started!

Players You Should Know
To start with, here are the names you need to know and how they fit under our current campaign finance system.[2]

Ready for Hillary PAC (hybrid super PAC)
Ready PAC (hybrid super PAC, formerly Ready for Hillary)
Hillary for America (candidate PAC)
Priorities USA Action (super PAC)
Correct the Record (super PAC)
American Bridge 21st Century (super PAC)
American Bridge 21st Century Foundation (501(c)(4))
American Independent Institute (501(c)(4))
Media Matters (501(c)(3))
The Bonner Group
Now that you know who is involved, here's the story we know right now of the money backing Hillary. It's rather lengthy so in this post we'll cover Ready for Hillary, Ready PAC, and Priorities USA Action. We'll be looking at the rest tomorrow.

Ready for Hillary
First of all, it's important to point out that the Hillary Clinton political fundraising machine started a full two years before she declared she was running for president. (At least, the one actually associated with her name did.)

MUCH More: http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33882-super-pacs-dark-money-and-the-hillary-clinton-campaign-part-1

Speaks Volumes: "Clinton still confident in Rahm Emanuel"

Hillary doubles down in support of Rahm's criminal malfeasance and cover-up for killer-cops.

Clinton still confident in Rahm Emanuel
By Mario Trujillo * December 05, 2015 * The Hill

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton says she still has confidence in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, amid controversy surrounding the delayed release of a video that showed Chicago police shooting a black teenager last year.

Clinton responded “I do” when asked whether she stood by Emanuel, who is a veteran of both the Obama and Clinton administrations.

“He loves Chicago and I'm confident that he's going to do everything he can to get to the bottom of these issues and take whatever measures are necessary to remedy them,” she told reporters Friday in Iowa, according to Bloomberg.
Emanuel penned an op-ed Friday contesting the idea that the video showing the killing of Laquan McDonald by police was withheld because of his election.


Anyone else see this coming? "Police Response To San Bernardino Stokes Militarization Fears"

When I was watching the live coverage of San Bernardino, and saw those armored vehicles approaching
that bullet-riddled black SUV on the scene of the shoot-out, it made me go: "hmmm .. THIS must be
what all that military gear and armored tanks are for." Sad to say -- thanks to the NRA, ISIS and their
ilk -- I suspect the military gear is probably here to stay.

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Police Response To San Bernardino Stokes Militarization Fears
by Martin Kask * December 4, 2015 * NPR

On the day of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., the city's SWAT team was training for an active shooter situation just minutes away from the scene of the massacre. "We were just working through scenarios when this call went out," says Lt. Travis Walker, the SWAT team commander.

Walker says they'd decided to train on Wednesday in part to learn some lessons from the deadly shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. This response isn't unique to San Bernardino; in the weeks since the terrorist attacks in Paris, local law enforcement agencies around the country have been preparing for the possibility of more challenging attacks. In San Bernardino on Wednesday morning, Walker was running his officers through scenarios with volunteers playing the role of shooters.

"We'd just finished a training scenario that involved multiple shooters at multiple locations within a small confined area," he says. And then they were off — to the scene of a real-life multiple-shooter attack. They didn't get there in time to stop it, but the suspects were killed in a shootout later in the day. Walker and his team were there for that, too, using armored vehicles to get close.

That scene was meaningful because those were the very same kind of armored vehicles that for the past year or so have become a symbol of what some people call police militarization, something that's gotten a bad rap since the Ferguson, Mo., protests last year.

Walker says now people can see why they have the heavy gear.

Poll: Sanders MORE electable than Hillary against top Republicans

Poll: Sanders more electable than Hillary against top Republicans
By Jesse Byrnes * Dec. 2, 2015 * The Hill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is more electable than Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton against several top Republican candidates, according to the new national Quinnipiac University Poll.

Sanders leads Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 10 points, businessman Donald Trump by 8 points, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson by 6 points and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) by 1 point in the poll. Clinton also leads the top four Republican candidates, but by slightly smaller margins. She leads Cruz by 5 points, Trump by 6 points, Carson by 3 points and Rubio by 1 point in the survey.

Still, Clinton has widened her lead in the Democratic race to 30 points in the poll, taking 60 percent to Sanders's 30 percent. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley takes 2 percent in the latest poll.

On the Republican side, Trump has widened his lead and is now supported by 27 percent, followed by Rubio at 17 percent and Cruz and Carson tied at 16 percent.

Salon/Alternet: Bernie Sanders’s Refreshingly Sane Foreign Policy

Bernie Sanders’s Refreshingly Sane Foreign Policy
In his speech last week, Sanders said what every presidential candidate ought to
say about ISIS and the Middle East.

By Sean Illing * Salon via Alternet * November 28, 2015

Bernie Sanders’s economic populism and domestic agenda receive a lot attention, and they should – he’s a unique and important voice on these fronts. But Bernie’s refreshing sanity on foreign policy gets overlooked far too often. This is especially problematic given the most recent Paris attacks and the renewed emphasis on national security.

Sanders gave a major speech last week at Georgetown University, the central theme of which was democratic socialism. Understandably, much of the coverage focused on Sanders’s efforts to situate his brand of socialism in the broader American tradition. However, Sanders also used his speech to talk about our foreign policy dilemma in the Middle East.

His remarks were what we’ve come to expect from Sanders: honest.

Because he doesn’t spin the way other politicians do, Sanders brings a kind of clarity to this conversation, a clarity that’s desperately needed in our current climate. Conservatives will likely dismiss Sanders as a dovish liberal who doesn’t understand foreign policy, but that’s because they don’t want to hear what he has to say.

In the speech, Sanders makes clear that he both understands the crisis and the complicated political realities on the ground. “The United States must pursue policies to destroy the brutal and barbaric ISIS regime,” Sanders said, and we must “create conditions that prevent fanatical extremist ideologies from flourishing. But we cannot – and should not – do it alone.” [Emphasis mine].

The part about not doing it alone is critical. To begin with, unlike most candidates, Sanders concedes that we’ve being going it alone for decades now, with disastrous results.

Our response must begin with an understanding of past mistakes and missteps in our previous approaches to foreign policy. It begins with the acknowledgement that unilateral military action should be a last resort…and that ill-conceived military decisions, such as the invasion of Iraq, can wreak far-reaching devastation and destabilize entire regions for decades. It begins with the reflection that the failed policy decisions of the past – rushing to war, regime change in Iraq, or toppling Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, or Guatemalan President Arbenz in 1954, Brazilian President Goulart in 1964, Chilean President Allende in 1973. These are the sort of policies that do not work, do not make us safer, and must not be repeated.


Uh oh! Now Republicans are starting to Feel The Bern.

What a great 'problem' for Bernie to have. Bodes very well for Sanders in the GE.


Question for Fellow Bernie Supporters

Is this an issue worth raising in the Primary?

I honestly have feel mixed about it, because these donations are -- after all -- to the Clinton Foundation, not to Hillary's 2015/6 Primary campaign. On the other hand, it does seem to point to her 'coziness' with the mega-corporate world of high finance, military-industrial connections, big pharma, Monsanto, and the M$M. Also, there is some overlap with her list campaign donors (the ones we know about that aren't 'dark money').

My question is: is this a fair issue to raise? Re: that while serving as SoS, the Clinton Foundation was receiving these donations, while at the same time many of these same corporations were lobbying her State Dept. for 'favors'.

I would appreciate knowing your thoughts on pros/cons of this being an issue that is fair to raise in the Primary. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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Top 100 Entities funding the Clinton Foundation
By Mark Wachtler * August 5, 2015 * Whiteout Press

August 5, 2015. New York. (ONN) Hillary Clinton has seen her poll numbers plunge in recent weeks. The causes include accusations of secret arms trafficking, support of brutal dictatorships, destruction of evidence, and governing in secret while heading the Obama State Department. But according to rank and file Democratic voters, the biggest reason for their dislike of the Party’s heir apparent is her Foundation’s receipt of nearly $2 billion in payments from the world’s wealthiest entities.

Selling influence
While millions of Americans ‘march against Monsanto’, Hillary Clinton is one of the most ardent supporters of the notorious purveyor of genetically modified foods. While Americans ‘occupy Wall Street’, Hillary Clinton has already earned the verbal endorsement of Goldman Sachs. And as Americans fight the destructive effects of corporate monopolies and outsourcing, two of the country’s most hated corporations coincidentally happen to be the two largest donors to the Clinton Foundation.

According to an investigation by the Washington Examiner, Hillary Clinton and her family were raking in tens of millions of dollars from multi-national corporations at the same time they were officially lobbying her and the US State Dept. In fact, a full 65 percent of the Fortune 100 corporations that gave Hillary Clinton and her Foundation money during her tenure as Secretary of State were simultaneously lobbying her and the State Dept for favors.

Naming names (MIC, Big Pharma, WallSt., Monsanto & Main$tream Media (the ones I know of) are in bold)
Who are these corporations? As compiled by Natural News, below are the top 100 corporations, dictatorships, unions and other entities that funneled money to the Clinton Foundation and also officially lobbied Hillary Clinton as the head of the State Department (from Natural News):

*The Clinton Foundation refuses to disclose exact donation amounts and instead only releases ranges.

Microsoft/Gates Foundation - $26,000,000 - (not disclosed)
Walmart/Walton Foundation - $2,250,000 - $10,500,000
Coca-Cola - $5,000,000 - $10,000,000
State of Qatar and its entities - $1,375,000 - $5,800,000
Goldman Sachs - $1,250,000 - $5,500,000
Dow Chemical - $1,025,000 - $5,050,000
Pfizer - $1,010,000 - $5,025,000

Duke Energy - $1,002,000 - $5,010,000
ExxonMobil - $1,001,000 - $5,005,000
Alliance for a Green Revolution - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
Hewlett-Packard - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
Nima Taghavi - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
NRG Energy - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
Open Society Institute - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
Procter & Gamble - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
Boeing - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000

OCP - $1,000,000 - $5,000,000
Nike - $512,000 - $1,035,000
Google - $511,000 - $1,030,000
Daimler - $510,000 - $1,025,000
Monsanto - $501,250 - $1,006,000
Arizona State University - $500,000 - $1,000,000
Chevron - $500,000 - $1,000,000
General Electric - $500,000 - $1,000,000
Morgan Stanley - $360,000 - $775,000

Intel - $252,000 - $510,000
Noble Energy - $250,000 - $500,000
Sony - $175,000 - $400,000
AstraZeneca - $150,000 - $350,000
Bloomberg Philanthropies - $150,000 - $350,000
Salesforce.com - $125,000 - $300,000
Verizon - $118,000 - $300,000
Yahoo - $125,000 - $300,000
Lockheed Martin - $111,000 - $280,000
Qualcomm - $103,000 - $265,000
TIAA-CREF - $103,000 - $265,000
JP Morgan - $102,000 - $260,000
Accenture - $100,000 - $250,000
American Cancer Society - $100,000 - $250,000
Applied Materials - $100,000 - $250,000
CH2M Hill - $100,000 - $250,000
Corning - $100,000 - $250,000
FedEx - $100,000 - $250,000
Gap - $100,000 - $250,000
Gilead - $100,000 - $250,000
Hess Corporation - $100,000 - $250,000
Humanity United - $100,000 - $250,000
Hyundai - $100,000 - $250,000
IBEW - $100,000 - $250,000
Johnson Controls - $100,000 - $250,000
Lions Clubs International - $100,000 - $250,000
Mylan - $100,000 - $250,000
Pepsi - $100,000 - $250,000
Sanofi-Aventis - $100,000 - $250,000
Starwood Hotels - $100,000 - $250,000
US Pharma Convention - $100,000 - $250,000
UPS - $100,000 - $250,000
Washington University - $100,000 - $250,000
Time/Warner - $75,000 - $150,000
Hunt Alternatives - $60,000 - $125,000
Ericsson - $51,000 - $105,000
Abbott Laboratories - $50,000 - $100,000
Anadarko - $50,000 - $100,000
BT Group - $50,000 - $100,000
Discovery Communications - $50,000 - $100,000
Earth Networks - $50,000 - $100,000
Feed the Children - $50,000 - $100,000
General Motors - $50,000 - $100,000
Hilton - $50,000 - $100,000
Marriott - $50,000 - $100,000
NextEra Energy - $50,000 - $100,000
NOUR USA - $50,000 - $100,000
Novozymes - $50,000 - $100,000
Oceana - $50,000 - $100,000
Starbucks - $50,000 - $100,000
Teck Resources - $50,000 - $100,000
American Institute of Architects - $50,000 - $100,000
Nature Conservancy - $50,000 - $100,000
Trilogy International Partners - $50,000 - $100,000
Unilever - $50,000 - $100,000
World Vision - $50,000 - $100,000
S.C. Johnson & Son - $50,000 - $100,000
Motorola - $35,000 - $75,000
Enel - $35,000 - $75,000
JCPenney - $27,000 - $60,000
Target - $27,000 - $60,000
Novartis - $26,000 - $55,000
Prudential - $26,000 - $55,000
3M - $25,000 - $50,000
AAR - $25,000 - $50,000
AFL-CIO - $25,000 - $50,000
APCO Worldwide - $25,000 - $50,000
AREVA - $25,000 - $50,000
Bayer - $20,000 - $50,000
Capstone Turbine - $25,000 - $50,000
Cemex - $25,000 - $50,000
CHF International - $25,000 - $50,000
Eli Lilly - $25,000 - $50,000
Georgetown University - $25,000 - $50,000
HBO - $25,000 - $50,000


Why Bernie will win the GE: Meet The Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders

BTW, Bernie gets roughly 21-25% of the Republican vote in Vermont, who choose NOT to vote for their GOP candidate.

The Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders
Some conservatives are defying expectation and backing the Vermont senator.
by CLARE FORAN * NOV 24, 2015 * The Atlantic

When Tarie MacMillan switched on her television in August to watch the first Republican presidential debate, she expected to decide which candidate to support.

But MacMillan, a 65-year-old Florida resident, was disappointed. “I looked at the stage and there was nobody out there who I really liked. It just seemed like a showcase for Trump and his ridiculous comments,” she recalled. “It was laughable, and scary, and a real turning point.”

So she decided to back Bernie Sanders, the self-described “Democratic socialist” challenging Hillary Clinton. MacMillan was a lifelong Republican voter until a few weeks ago when she switched her party affiliation to support the Vermont senator in the primary. It will be the first time she’s ever voted for a Democrat.

That story may sound improbable, but MacMillan isn’t the only longtime conservative supporting Sanders. There are Facebook groups and Reddit forums devoted entirely to Republicans who adore the Vermont senator.

These Republicans for Sanders defy neat categorization. Some are fed up with the status quo in Washington, and believe that Sanders, with his fiery populist message, is the presidential contender most likely to disrupt it. Others have voted Republican for years, but feel alarmed by what they see as the sharp right turn the party has taken.

“I have been a conservative Republican my entire life. But the Republican party as a whole has gotten so far out of touch with the American people,” says Bryan Brown, a 47-year-old Oregon resident. “I switched my registration so that I could vote for Sanders in the primary, but the day the primary is over I’m going to register as an Independent.”


US Senator Bernie Sanders: "Closing Down Mosques? ... The last I heard, we had a US Constitution!!!"

An excellent clip of Bernie's passionate dismay that Americans are talking about blithely conceding our
civil liberties to ISIS.


Crap! 5 People Just Shot At Black Lives Matter Justice4Jamar Protest In Minneapolis

5 People Shot At Site Of Black Lives Matter Protest In Minneapolis
November 24, 2015 * NPR

Five people were injured last night as gunmen opened fire near the site of a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis.

According to a statement posted to the group's Facebook page, the men, whom they call "white supremacists," opened fire after they were asked to leave and were then escorted away from the encampment.

Mark Vancleave of the Minnesota Star Tribune tweeted this video of a protester recounting the event:
VIDEO at link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457214142/5-people-are-shot-at-site-of-black-lives-matter-protest-in-minneapolis

In another report, more details are provided:

On November 23rd, 2015 around 10:45 p.m. four ‘white supremacists’ entered the protests at the #4thPrecinctShutDown and shot five people after getting asked to reveal their faces or leave. UnicornRiot live-streamed the aftermath here [VIDEO] and clips of witnesses are below.

After they were confronted and asked to leave, some of the men shouted racial slurs. A few of the community members walked behind the men ushering them to their car towards 14th Ave. and Morgan Ave., one block north of the 4th Precinct. The men opened fire as they reached their vehicle, shooting around 8 bullets that struck a total of five people; it’s reported that all victims have non-life-threatening injuries, one took a bullet in the stomach, a few in the leg, and one in the arm.

After the protesters were wounded by the attackers, protesters called 911 and asked for help from the police that were stationed around the precinct and the precinct itself to no avail. Protesters also stated that the police were “laughing” and “ignoring” them when they were asking for help, and that one officer actually stated “you asked for this”. After 15 minutes the first ambulance arrived. The police at the 4th Precinct declined to aid people, standing passively. The police then moved in with crowd control gear to control the crime scene and maced the crowd that was assisting the wounded and standing asking for help, and filming, as well violently grabbing and pushing a woman contributor to Unicorn Riot.

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