Topic: Election Reform
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Bragging about sexual assault. Cheating on a spouse. Sexting. Fathering secret children. Do these behaviors obstruct a politician's ability to do their job? Read More...
Charles Koch personally gave
more than $50,000 to candidates and political committees donations prior
to 2004. And collectively, his brother and the PAC of the company they
own directly supported candidates and political committees to the tune
of $7 million over the same period. He has also spent mega-dollars on
"educational" and lobbying efforts.
According to Forbes, Charles and David Koch rank second internationally to six members of the Walton family.
Her data comes from a recent robocall poll that has not been confirmed by any other Rhode Island polls.
Her gun ownership claim is from very outdated studies, but we have not been able to find any more
recent data to suggest the number has changed.
Americans for Prosperity, the political organization founded by the Koch brothers, has never received higher than a Half True on any of the 13 ads reviewed by the PolitiFact national team. Four were false; five were mostly false; and two were rated pants-on-fire. That averages to a composite score of between false and mostly false.
The exact opposite pattern has held for Wall Street donations during the
past three election cycles. In addition, Gohmert overstated his source's
percentages and ignored the difference between donations to Democratic
presidential candidates and congressional candidates.
Campaigns are still discovering how they can exploit the freedom from
regulation that the Supreme Court has granted since its Citizens United
decision in 2010. NY Times suggests that Instead of debates among the candidates, let's go straight to the top — and ask for debates among their billionaire donors instead.
Federal campaign spending tops worldwide antacid sales no matter how you cut it. Factoring in state elections makes the disparity even greater.
Democrats allied with Hillary Rodham Clinton
are mounting a nationwide legal battle seeking to single out voting laws in Texas
Carolina, New Jersey
, Ohio and Wisconsin
participation, especially among minorities, the poor and younger voters,
who disproportionately cast their ballots for Democrats.
Ninety year-old ex-speaker of the US House, Jim Wright, no longer drives, and his faculty ID card from TCU, where he teaches, so he doesn't meet requirements to vote without a special affidavit. Even Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Sen. Wendy Davis had to get an affidavit in order to vote under the new laws.
Alabama's only Democratic member of Congress is requesting the Justice
Department investigate the state's decision to close 31 driver's license
offices in poor, rural, mostly-African American communities. Since they started requiring a drivers license to vote the move could curtail the voting rights. (Note: Gerrymandering and voter suppression is UN-Christian!)
Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson explores the literally toxic—business that earned the Kochs enough money
to buy up an entire political party. They include a wrongful death
judgement, six felony and numerous misdemeanor convictions, the tens of
millions of dollars in fines, and trading with Iran. The Koch brothers don't argue the facts in Dickinson's story, instead they attack the author.