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FEC votes on partisan lines not to punish Karl Rove's Super-PAC for violations of law during 2010 election

FEC votes on partisan lines not to punish Karl Rove's Super-PAC for violations of law during 2010 election | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by THOMAS CATAN, Wall S. Journal


Campaign-finance activists vowed to take the Federal Election Commission to court Thursday after it disregarded a finding by its staff that Crossroads GPS, conservative nonprofit backed by Karl Rove, likely broke campaign laws during the 2010 elections.
 

On Friday, the FEC quietly released a legal opinion by its staff lawyers that found that the “major purpose” of Crossroads GPS was to elect federal candidates, despite being registered as a “social-welfare” nonprofit group. The FEC’s general counsel recommended holding a formal investigation into the group.


However, the FEC decided not to take any action after a deadlocked 3-3 vote by its commissioners along party lines. On Thursday, that decision drew sharp criticism from campaign-finance activists.
 

“The rationale of the Republican bloc of commissioners is tortured and obstructionist,” said Craig Holman of Public Citizen, one of the groups that brought the original complaint. The groups said in a statement they plan a new suit that will argue the FEC’s dismissal of the case “was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and contrary to the law.” 


Crossroads GPS declined to comment on the FEC staff findings or the latest threat by campaigners to sue the election regulator. But it repeated earlier denials that it’s a political committee or mainly engaged in electioneering.

 

“I’m pleased that the Commission decided that GPS is not a political committee, and now we can move on from this politically-motivated complaint,” Tom Josefiak, general counsel to Crossroads GPS, said in an emailed statement.
 

If the FEC had decided to act on it and forced the group to register as a political committee, it might have had to disclose the identities of anonymous donors that contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Republican group.
 

Crossroads GPS “has spent nearly $100 million on election ads since 2010 without disclosing its donors,” said Paul Ryan, Senior Counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, which will also join the lawsuit against the FEC. “A ruling by the FEC that Crossroads GPS is a political committee would result in this disclosure for past and future elections.”
 

Social-welfare groups, known in the tax code as 501(c)(4) groups, aren’t supposed to make electioneering their primary activity.


But their use in campaigns has soared in the last two years, in part because they can accept donations of unlimited size and don’t have to disclose the names of their donors. [MORE]

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 18, 2014 9:42 AM

This is one of the reasons people pushed the IRS to look into this tax exempt status for groups that were actually fund raisers for political campaigns.

Greg Russak's curator insight, January 19, 2014 4:07 PM

The American Anti-Corruption Act ensures this kind of corruption and abuse of the tax code ends. 

 

Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor at 

http://unitedrepublic.actionkit.com/event/cosponsor/9815/

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Baltimore Protests April 25, 2015 - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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He Died and the Police Lied About It. Again! - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

He Died and the Police Lied About It. Again! - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Detaining and Jailing the Poor: The Corporate Way

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Small cities and private corporations sued for rights violations in conspiracy to profit from residents.Read more →
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Stop and Frisk Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Congress Moves to Grant Even More Power to the NSA

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One of the main objectives of the new laws is to eliminate consequences for companies that share their users’ private information with the government.
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Media Silent On This Unarmed Black Woman Shot By the Police

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A cop just walked after murdering an innocent, unarmed woman. Like so many other cases of murder why killer cops walk, the victim was African American.
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Taco Bell Lobbyists Thank Congressional Staff With 6,000 Tacos

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(This post is from our new blog: Unofficial Sources.)
Taco Bell franchise owners are lobbying Congress to help prevent their workers from organizing a union or qualifying for employer-based healthcare.
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Horseman beaten by California police paid $650,000. A best practice?

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Francis Pusok will receive $650,000 after his brutal encounter with California deputies was caught on camera. Who winds up paying such bills?
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BREAKING: Tennessee Legislature Repeals Common Core

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NASHVILLE, April 21, 2015– Yesterday, in a bipartisan vote, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted unanimously (97:0) to repeal Common Core. Today,
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SCOTUS: Police Violated Fourth Amendment By Using Drug Dog To Prolong Traffic Stop

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On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that a Nebraska police officer violated the Fourth Amendment in the case of Rodriguez
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Obama and Republicans Agree on the Trans-Pacific Partnership … Unfortunately

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The agreement is little more than enhanced corporation power branded as free trade. And it’s making for some very odd alliances.
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FBI Admits Elite FBI Forensic Unit Lied In Court For Decades

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Washington, D.C. (TFC) – The Justice Department and FBI have released a statement formally acknowledging that for over two decades, every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit offered false testimony in almost every trial in which they offered...
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Lexington farm family excited about its reemergence producing industrial hemp

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# 12 Bush Profiteers Collect Billions From No Child Left Behind - Top 25 of 2009

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A statute that once promised equal access to public education to millions of American children now instead promises billions of dollars in profits to corporate clients through dubious processes of testing and assessment and “supplemental educational services.” NCLB—the Business Roundtable’s revision of Lyndon Johnson’s Education and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—created a “high stakes testing” system through which the private sector could siphon federal education funds.
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Petraeus Sentenced. No, Not Like Manning, Drake, Kiriakou…

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10 years? 20 years? Exile in Russia? No way, he's part of the establishment. Read more →
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New Organization Provides Support and Tools for Liberty Activists

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Leaders of a new organization hope to empower and equip activists to more effectively advance the fight for liberty.
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San Bernardino County to Pay $650,000 to Man Seen Being Beaten by Deputies - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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"The Destruction of Public Education" on "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee"

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Our Public Education is being destroyed.  It's as simple as that. Common Core, Race to the Top, Charter School Disinformation and Money, Money, Money.
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Jeb Bush Praises Obama’s Expansion of NSA Surveillance

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One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over...
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Critics and Supporters of TPP Clash as Corporate-Trade Deal Nears Completion

Critics and Supporters of TPP Clash as Corporate-Trade Deal Nears Completion | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is inching closer to completion, but is the trade-deal really the economic boon we have been told?
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Pa. schools are the nation’s most inequitable. The new governor wants to fix that.

Pa. schools are the nation’s most inequitable. The new governor wants to fix that. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA — At Martin Luther King High, a hulking half-full school here, there aren’t enough textbooks to go around. If teachers want to make a photocopy, they have to buy paper themselves.
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‘SCANDALOUS’: A Detective Just Revealed Baltimore’s HUGE Secret Surveillance Program

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By Casey Harper A detective’s court testimony Monday revealed that Baltimore law enforcement is spying on residents at an incredible rate without a
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Don't Let Congress Fast-Track TPP

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Leaked texts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement's “Intellectual Property” chapter confirm our worst fears: Big Content companies are pushing extreme copyright provisions in a secret trade deal that would put restrictive controls on the...

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NSA And FBI Fight To Retain Spy Powers As Surveillance Law Nears Expiration

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Homeland Security logo reflected in the eyeglasses of a cybersecurity analyst at the agency’s secretive cyber defense facility in Idaho.  (AP/Mark J.
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New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research

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The New York Times and Fox News have made exclusive agreements with a conservative author for early access to his opposition research on Hillary Clinton, a move that has confounded members of the Clinton campaign and some Times reporters, the On...
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