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 […]
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% […]
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. […]
A Nigerian preacher named Temitope Joshua has sent thousands of bottles of holy water to Sierra Leone as cures for the deadly ebola virus sweeping through that country.
Is this donation:
1. A great idea, as the holy water can’t do any harm
2. A terrible idea, given that holy water has never been shown […]
Docdawg has written a detailed blog post explaining that of the 15 congressional candidates agreeing to the slate of campaign finance reforms listed at reform.to between July 29 and August 5, every single last one is a member of the Democratic Party. The time frame of July 29 to August 5 is important, because as […]
Yesterday, a political action committee called Citizens 4 Ethics In Government spent tens of thousands of dollars to prop up the re-election campaign of U.S. Representative Scott DesJarlais, a Republican from Tennessee’s 4th congressional district.
There are ethical questions about Citizens 4 Ethics In Government’s interference in the 4th district race. Almost all of the […]
Lately, I’ve been using the platform of Irregular Times to share information with you about the Mayday Super PAC, which asks Americans to give it big money to spend in elections in order to get big money out of politics. A reader has written in response, characterizing such sharing of information as “demonization.” I should […]
In a post two days ago, I noted the many venues and many ways in which the Mayday Super PAC and its leader Lawrence Lessig pledged to stop their fundraising juggernaut once they reached their predetermined threshold. The Mayday PAC made this pledge part of their fundraising appeal, part of its way of showing that […]
U.S. Representative Ron Kind has introduced legislation, H.R. 5247, that would close the consumptive demand loophole. If H.R. 5247 is signed into law, imports of items made by slaves, prisoners and indentured workers would be absolutely banned, without exception. […]
The Mayday Super PAC, which has asked for big money donations in the name of stopping big money donations (“embrace the irony”), has marketed itself as something new and innovative, right down to the use of hipster indie millenial movement phrases like “kickstart” and “leap” and “change the story.” Given the vocabulary of Mayday PAC’s […]
In its original fundraising appeals to large and small donors, the use-big-money-to-stop-big-money Mayday Super PAC declared that it would raise $12 million for spending on 2014 races (with $6 million from small-to-medium donors, $6 million from megadonors), then stop fundraising and spend the raised money in campaigns.
Here’s the documentation of that plan from multiple […]