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How the Citizens United Decision Is Playing Out in American Politics

The Intercept

The Citizens United Playbook

by Jon Schwarz & Lee Fang

August 3, 2016

Part 1

How a Top GOP Lawyer Guided a Chinese-Owned Company Into U.S. Presidential Politics

With advice from Republican power lawyer Charlie Spies, APIC, a company owned by Chinese nationals, donated $1.3 million to Jeb Bush’s Super PAC.

Six days after the Supreme Court lifted restrictions on corporate money in U.S. elections with its January 21, 2010, ruling in Citizens United, President Obama warned in his State of the Union address that it would “open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections.”

But as unlimited contributions have coursed through the election system, no one has been able to point to a specific example of foreign money flowing into U.S. presidential politics as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision.

Until now.

Read more . . .

Part 2   Power Couple: Meet the Chinese Husband-and-Wife Team Whose Company Spent $1.3 Million Trying to Make Jeb Bush President

Part 3   Cracks in the Dam: Three Paths Citizens United Created for Foreign Money to Pour Into U.S. Elections

Part 4   A “Desperate” Seller: Gary Locke, While Obama’s Ambassador to China, Got a Chinese Tycoon to Buy His House

Links:

The 'Citizens United' decision and why it matters: Nonprofits or political parties? [The Center for Public Integrity]

Citizens United case information & how each Justice voted [Oyez]

Donald Trump Asking for Help in Combatting Rigged Elections

Alex Jones Calls Out Wolf Blitzer as a Mossad Agent!?

Alex Jones, notorious for refusing to call out the pervasive, debilitating Jewish influence on the U.S., says Jewish Wolf Isaac Blitzer, a CNN news anchor, is an Israeli agent, "probably Mossad"! This seems out of character and highly unusual for Alex.

Published on YouTube by The Alex Jones Channel August 13, 2016.

2016 Elections: Liberty Loses No Matter Who Wins

by Ron Paul

For all the hand-wringing about the threat to liberty and constitutional government posed by the major party presidential candidates, there is little discussion of how this threat is due to the political class’s long history of supporting expanded presidential power. There is also little talk of how the imperial presidency is just as much a creation of Congress as it is of power-hungry presidents.

Since war is the health of the state, it is not surprising that presidential power expanded in tandem with the expansion of the warfare state. Perhaps the best, and most terrifying, example of how “national security” has been used to justify giving the president dictatorial powers is the Defense Production Act.

Oppo Man Digs Up Political Dirt

Hawaii Political Info introduction: There are a few Oppo Men around, digging up dirt on the political opposition. This one, Alan Huffman, has a book out and gives us some examples of how he does it. One of the objects of his research involved two murdered witnesses to child molestation. No one touched that, he says, and the man, whom he does not name, was elected.

Published on YouTube March 1, 2012

Meet the Mormon Who Just Announced His Candidacy for U.S. President

Note: LDS Living does not endorse any political candidate but merely reports on current news and issues.

“In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing," Evan McMullin said in a statement. “I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a conservative choice for president.”

On August 8, Latter-day Saint Evan McMullin (40) announced he was joining the presidential race. But who is Evan McMullin? What makes him qualified to be a presidential candidate?
Early Life

McMullin was born in Provo, Utah, on April 2, 1976, to Lanie and David McMullin. He graduated from Auburn High School in Washington before attending Brigham Young University and getting a degree in international law and diplomacy.

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WikiLeaks Offers $20,000 for Information about DNC Staffer Murder

WikiLeaks announced Tuesday it will provide a $20,000 reward for information that helps police solve the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old D.C. man who worked for the Democratic National Committee.

In an announcement made on Twitter, the organization known for publishing secret information offered the reward in exchange for information leading to the conviction of the person who killed Seth Conrad Rich.

Rich was fatally shot in the early morning hours of July 10 while walking to his Bloomingdale apartment in Northwest D.C.

Read more . . .

2016 Election: A Platform For Monetary Reform

July 26, 2016


Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity when a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Idaho.

Hiroshima: The War Crime That Lives in Infamy

Counterpunch

by Diana Johnstone

August 5, 2016

On his visit to Hiroshima last May, Obama did not, as some had vainly hoped he might, apologize for the August 6, 1945 atomic bombing of the city. Instead he gave a high-sounding speech against war. He did this as he was waging ongoing drone war against defenseless enemies in faraway countries and approving plans to spend a trillion dollars upgrading the US nuclear arsenal.

An apology would have been as useless as his speech. Empty words don’t change anything. But here was one thing that Obama could have said that would have had a real impact: he could have told the truth.

He could have said:

“The atom bombs were not dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ‘to save lives by ending the war’. That was an official lie. The bombs were dropped to see how they worked and to show the world that the United States possessed unlimited destructive power.”

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Kymberly Pine Replies to Corruption Charges

Kymberly Pine

Kymberly Pine, along with all the other nine Honolulu city councilmembers, has been receiving the majority of her campaign funds from developers and others who profit directly from the Ho’opili/Rail project. Since the story broke last year, little has been heard about it. Opponents don't mention it (34:40), possibly afraid that bringing up the subject will unleash a retaliatory attack.

But the issue was raised in an August 1, 2016 Honolulu Star-Advertiser article:

Reports filed with the state Campaign Spending Commission show Friends of Kymberly Pine with a cash balance of $129,742 as of June 30. By contrast, Friends for Dudley showed a negative cash balance of $662 and a total deficit of $95,021 — a negative amount accumulated over several failed campaign bids. Friends of Tom Berg, meanwhile, showed a negative cash balance of $9,314 and an overall deficit of $30,871, accumulated from previous campaigns.

When asked to respond to Dudley’s criticism about her campaign funds, Pine said she is “proud to receive donations from organizations that employ more than half of my constituents, who my opponents want to put out of work and destroy their families.”

While it’s not uncommon for candidates to receive such donations, Pine said, “it is highly unusual for candidates to be so deeply in debt, which shows that they cannot even manage their own finances.”

The Honolulu Civil Beat article that broke the story about the developer campaign contributions has some interesting comments. In one of them, Panos D Prevedouros, civil engineer professor and chairman at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who has been prominently in opposition to the Honolulu rail project for years, succinctly wrote: "Open bribes. Tabulated for your reading disgust. Why shouldn't there be some under the table too?"

Reader Natalie Iwasa penned, "How foolish some of us were to think that any councilmember would vote 'no' on this." Iwase is referring to the fact that the City Council voted unanimously in May 2015 to rezone Ewa plain land, considered to be the finest agricultural land in the nation, from agriculture to urban/commercial so that the Ho’opili development project can be built there.

Links:

Oahu Prime Farmland Slated for Destruction [Hawaii Political Info] Collection of articles

Opponents challenge City Council votes on rail, Ho’opili projects [Honolulu Star-Advertiser] Sep 8, 2015

Rail [Hawaii Political Info] Collection of articles

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