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From Arizona, another Document to show that Yes, Americans Elect is a Political Party

Is Americans Elect, the first-ever corporate privatized online presidential nomination, a political party?

Gosh, no, said Americans Elect in the Spring of 2011:

“Here is what Americans Elect is not. We are not a third party. We are not a political party of any sort.”

Golly, no, said Americans Elect in the Summer of 2011:

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Americans Elect Special Interest Funder: Kirk T. Rostron, Hedge Fund Operator

Special Interest. Noun. an individual, group, or corporation having a special interest in usually a particular part of the economy and receiving or seeking through political pressure special advantages from the government often to the detriment of the general welfare — usually used in plural — Merriam Webster Third New International Dictionary

Americans Elect, the [...]

Why Americans Elect Must Fully Disclose its Funders: It’s Who Counts the Votes

Americans Elect is a Chapter 501c4 corporation which is also registered as a political party in multiple states and attempting to gain ballot access for in all fifty. The corporation/political party’s goal, through as-yet unspecified means, is to arrange the election of its own candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. I’ve [...]

Resource: List of Campaign Finance Disclosure Websites State by State

Transparency shouldn’t be opaque.

For the life of me, I haven’t been able to find a current list of campaign finance websites covering local political donations in the 50 states of the USA. The best I could find was an old list helpfully compiled by the Campaign Disclosure Project. It’s a good start, but it [...]

91% of Stand for Marriage Maine’s October Cash Came from 3 Religious Groups

A recently-released campaign finance report reveals that between October 1 and October 20, the anti-gay group “Stand for Marriage Maine” raised $1,410,689.80 in cash contributions. $1.4 million is a lot of money, especially for small-state Maine politics.

91% of that money came from just three sources:

The New Jersey based fundamentalist Christian organization called the [...]

Diocese of Wilmington Declares Bankruptcy to Avoid Debts While Sending Money to Maine for Anti-Gay Efforts

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware declared Chapter 11 Bankruptcy earlier this month. Declaring an overall debt of between $50 million and $450 million dollars, officials of the Diocese of Wilmington delayed eight sexual abuse trials against priests of the Diocese — trials that were set to open the very next day. In declaring [...]

Is Anti-Gay Effort in Maine Broadly Religious? The Money Says No.

When representatives of various churches and other religious organizations in Maine gathered in early October to declare their support for same-sex marriage and their opposition to Ballot Question 1, the head of the anti-gay YES on 1 forces mocked them. Marc Mutty, Chair of Stand for Marriage Maine, issued a press release characterizing the breadth [...]

NO on 1: 3416 Maine Individual Contributions. Stand for Marriage Maine: Just 257

NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality is the organization leading the charge to vote NO on Ballot Question 1 in Maine this fall. Ballot Question 1 would overturn LD 1020, the law that made same-sex marriage legal in the state of Maine earlier this year. By my read of Maine campaign finance disclosure documents, the NO [...]

ManTech and Steny Hoyer Dance the Military Contract Tango

Last week, the New York Times went all atwitter about a burgeoning corruption scandal in which Paul Magliocchetti used his family and employees at the lobbying firm PMA Group to funnel money to members of Congress on defense appropriations committees. Allegedly, Magliocchetti received choice military contracts for his lobbying clients in return. The Times focused [...]

Pharmacists' Efforts to Influence Congress Get Direct in 2008

Last summer, I described the incredible decision by eight pharmacists from across the country to give campaign cash to Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas, all on the same day. Rep. Berry just happened to appear with at least one of those contributors at a news conference promoting Medicare reimbursement favorable to pharmacists. Just a coincidence?

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Big Change in Unity08 Lawsuit? Address.

It’s a fairly important substantive question being considered in the Unity08 v. FEC lawsuit, filed back in January of 2007: ought groups attempting to engineer the election of third-party figures as presidential candidates to obey the fundraising restrictions of political action committees, which restrict contributions to $5,000 per person and require the amounts, terms and [...]