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Elm Tree Dreams Die Quietly

1930 — The parasitic fungus Ophiostoma appears in Cleveland, Ohio and begins attacking American elm trees.

1950s to 1980s — 40 million elm trees die across the United States.

1970s — Start of government-university-community cooperative efforts to identify and propagate resistant elm trees.

1999 — Maine State Legislature creates Elm Tree Restoration Fund. 12 ME […]

Mayday PAC Avoids Cronyism by Avoiding Nick Troiano

This last July, I found myself wondering aloud: would the Mayday Super PAC (using big money in politics to undermine the use of big money in politics) endorse and fund the campaign of Nick Troiano for Congress? If the Mayday PAC ended up funnelling money to Troiano, that would represent the crassest sort of insider […]

Follow the Mystery Money: Mayday PAC Props Up Conservative Stark360 Politicians

Do you remember the Mayday PAC, the Super PAC unregulated political corporation that promised to get big money out of politics? Do you remember when its leadership — Americans Elect alums libertarian Lawrence Lessig, Republican Kahlil Byrd and Republican Mark McKinnon — asked you to “embrace the irony”?

Well, the Mayday Super PAC is still […]

Susan Collins: More Donors from Beverly Hills than from Blue Hill

Last month, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted on behalf of large out-of-state donors who want to keep donating huge amounts of unregulated money. It turns out that Senator Collins is herself receiving huge amounts of money from those same large out-of-state donors. Senator Collins is taking significantly more money from outside the state of […]

Coalition Of Republicans Runs For Congress On Platform Of Return To Slavery

“Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values.” – Martha Zoller, Republican candidate for Congress

“This Constitution is our National Foundation – and is a product of our Founders’ Judeo-Christian values and faith.” – Marty McClendon, Republican candidate for Congress

“We must begin again to teach the history of our country and of the founding principles […]

Big Money Corrodes Absolutely: Mayday Super PAC devolves into spinning self-protection

From its inception, the Mayday PAC run by Americans Elect alumni Lawrence Lessig, Kahlil Byrd and Mark McKinnon has run on a tank of political fuel emblazoned with the words JUST TRUST US.

So the Mayday PAC was led by a group of people who deceived followers in a previous political effort. So what? […]

School Me In Scottish independence

In a little bit more than a day from now, Scotland will vote about whether to become a country independent from the United Kingdom. I have no earthly clue why this matters.

I am an American completely unschooled in the injustices between the British nations.

What is there, besides independence itself, that the Scots wish […]

Susan Collins Votes for Big Out of State Money… While Taking Big Out of State Money

On Thursday, September 11 2014, a minority of members of the U.S. Senate voted to block passage of S.J.Res. 19, a constitutional amendment that would let Congress and the states limit the influence of big money in politics:

Section 1. To advance democratic self-government and political equality, and to protect the integrity of government […]

Gov’t Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2013, Reports on Links to Terrorism Fade Away

Did you know that an American’s political career was brought to an end thanks to warrantless government surveillance of their financial activity?

It’s true. Remember New York Governor Eliot Spitzer? He was brought down from political office when payments to a prostitute were discovered by government snooping without a warrant or any prior suspicion of […]

Did the “Single Issue” Mayday PAC fund Canvassers on ObamaCare, Gun Rights and Global Warming?

A tip of the hat this morning to Miscellany Blue and DocDawg for breaking the news over the past week that Lawrence Lessig’s Mayday PAC had funnelled $103,000 to Stark 360, a political action committee (PAC) founded at the end of August 2014. This amount was a huge boon to Stark PAC, amounting to 94.5% […]

MayDay PAC Candidate Fails

The MayDay PAC was unable to provide sufficient support to enable Jim Rubens to achieve electoral success. Jim Rubens lost yesterday’s Republican Party U.S. Senate primary in New Hampshire, getting only 24 percent of the Republican vote, about half of the number of votes that the victor, Scott Brown, received. […]