Topic: Election Reform

Article: Should We Trust Immoral Leaders?

X Comments    Last updated: 2016-10-15 10:59:41

Bragging about sexual assault. Cheating on a spouse. Sexting. Fathering secret children.  Do these behaviors obstruct a politician's ability to do their job?
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Charles Koch
Says he has engaged in the political process "only in the past decade."
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.
Harry Reid
The Koch brothers combined wealth makes them "the richest people in the world.
According to Forbes, Charles and David Koch rank second internationally to six members of the Walton family.
Linda Finn D House Ri
"By a two-to-one margin, Rhode Islanders want to ban assault weapons and less than 13 percent of RI citizens are gun owners.
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 Her gun ownership claim is from very outdated studies, but we have not been able to find any more recent data to suggest the number has changed.
Charles Koch
Are ads from Koch brothers-supported group accurate?
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.
Louie Gohmert R TX
"Eighty percent of Wall Street executives and their spouses' donations go to Democrats."
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.
David Hamilton Koch
The Republican race has devolved into a battle among headstrong billionaires, each with a pet candidate.
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.
John Boehner
We spend more money on antacids than we do on politics."
Federal campaign spending tops worldwide antacid sales no matter how you cut it. Factoring in state elections makes the disparity even greater.
Hillary Clinton
Democrats wage a national fight over gerrymandering and restrictive voting rules.
Democrats allied with Hillary Rodham Clinton are mounting a nationwide legal battle seeking to single out voting laws in Texas, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio and Wisconsin that limit participation, especially among minorities, the poor and younger voters, who disproportionately cast their ballots for Democrats.
Jim Wright Ex-speaker
New voter ID laws in Texas restrict minorities and elderly, even the former speaker of the US House.
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.
Voter Supression
Blatant Alabama voter suppression is challenged.
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!)
David H Koch
Report reveals nefarious history of the Koch brothers, who have bought an entire political party and many elections.
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.

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