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Disclsosed Party Committee Lobbyist Bundles Dwarfed by Undisclosed Independent Expenditures

Yes, the four political party committees spending on congressional races have raked in millions of dollars from lobbyists who bundled together campaign contributions during the 2009-2010 election season:

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: $3,587,850 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: $1,334,225 National Republican Senatorial Committee: $1,127,150 National Republican Congressional Committee: $771,900

For you and me, seven million dollars [...]

The Partisan Use of Independent Expenditures (Graph)

Working from Federal Election Commission data on independent expenditures starting on January 1, 2009 and ending with today’s release, here’s a graph showing the distribution of independent money (untraceable beyond the front groups) used to support and oppose the political parties’ candidates for federal office:

I’m not leaving third party candidates off this chart [...]

I Am Not in the Democrats’ Base Constitutency, and We Aren’t on the Same Team

“Remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives. This president has done an incredible job. He’s kept his promises.” – Joe Biden, September 27 2010

Has Barack Obama kept his promises?

“The idea that we’ve got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people [...]

31 Democrats Say the Rich Need a Tax Cut So They Can Make Plans Better

If you’re looking for a good example of political contortionism, I suggest you read the full text of the letter sent last week by 31 Democrats to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

What’s their justification for these tax cuts to the richest Americans? It can’t be that they [...]

Knox County GOP Outhustles Knox County Democrats at the Fair

At the Union Fair this year, the Knox County Republican Party paid for a tent placed prominently on the midway. Over the course of the last three days the Knox County GOP tent has been uniformly staffed by one person and often by two people engaging in animated conversation with passersby. Lawn signs have [...]

Homeland Security Brags About Domestic Surveillance Used During 2008 DNC

Through its “Fusion Center” program, the military and civilian wings of the United States government have been disseminating classified information on Americans collected through warrantless wiretapping programs to state officials, local sheriffs, town and county governing bodies and various private corporations. In turn, these local officials and private corporations have been amassing their own data [...]

Is Your Democratic Senator in Favor of Anti-Gay Discrimination?

It’s a reasonable question to ask as we review the list of cosponsors of S. 1584, the Employee Non-Discrimination Act. If passed, this bill would outlaw anti-gay workplace discrimination in hiring and promotions, and would also prohibit discriminatory behavior against union members and leaders on account of their sexual orientation.

This bill is worthy of [...]

Congressional Democrats Continue Silence on Kangaroo Courts

Today, I looked again. I searched the online offices of all the most celebrated “progressive” members of the House and Senate. Though they’ve had three days now to review, reflect upon and react to the military tribunal announcement, none of them have dared to challenge it. [...]

Start Seeing Other Parties: Green Party National Meeting, July 23-26 2009

When you believe in accountability for torture but your party doesn’t pursue it, what do you do? When you oppose warrantless search and surveillance but your party doesn’t, what do you do? When you believe in universal health care but your party doesn’t enact it, what do you do? When you believe in enforcing the [...]

Pelosi, Impediment to Torture Investigation? Pelosi, Resign.

Which matters more to the Democratic Party: the preservation of civil liberty, human rights and constitutional government — or the preservation of Party leaders’ power? We are about to find out.

Information continues to dribble out regarding Nancy Pelosi’s early knowledge that the U.S. Government under George W. Bush was torturing the people it had [...]

Congressional Candidate Alan Augustson Asks: When Have the Illinois Democrats Done Enough?

Alan Augustson, who may be running as a Green Party candidate in the special election to succeed Rahm Emanuel, is asking Illinois liberals if they have finally had enough with the corrupt Democratic Party. Some excerpts from his long statement:

With Governor Rod Blagojevich officially disgraced, another office is added to the list of pending [...]