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💥ATTENTION Sun Sept 1, 2019💥 MUST WATCH
Practical Ideas to fight DARK MONEY
AMERICAN SWAMP Marathon tonight on MSNBC
#AmericanSwamp @KatyTurNBC @jacobsoboroff
#DarkMoney #KochDarkMoney #DavidKoch #MoscowMitch
Legalized Bribery
A nonprofit group #CitizensUnited
Supreme Court ruled that Corporations had the same rights as individuals and political spending was a form of free speech
Citizens United lead to SUPER PAC which can accept ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY FROM ANYONE!
TWO Restrictions
● Donors must be disclosed see OPENSECRETS.ORG
● not allowed to work for a Candidate directly
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Yesterday I posted how Russians were buying Voting Machines VS Hacking. Today we learn they targeted all 50 states. It's time we use Paper Ballots. They are unhackable.
#MoscowMitch needs to secure our systems.
Russia Targeted All 50 States, Report Finds nyti.ms/2y91NdI
We are at war. #MoscowMitch won't even allow the Senate to vote on Election Security. It's time for the Democrats to finally face facts. We are at War. We are playing against cheaters, liars, power hungry & paid off politicians in the Republican party. Russian owns Republicans.
The Mueller Report has warned us of how the Russians are subverting our Nation.

The Senate report has highlighted the Russians attempt to infiltrate our nations system to the point that its chilling.

Trump & #MoscowMitch will not protect our nation.

The Russians will be back.
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1. I'm a New Deal Keynesian Liberal Democrat. So when I heard the @AOC use the “S” word I chided her for it because I knew the #KochBrothers would throw it right back at us. And they did. I trust a lesson was learned.
2. What Trump is doing from his perspective is clearly seeking to divert attention from Mueller but also from #PedophileGate. However, IMO, the reason they turned on @AOC and her team of left-leaning frosh House members is because they called for a 70% top rate. It's that simple.
3. I think if you check, they turned on @AOC shortly after that. Now I know that the #MAGA base gets charged every time Der Führer targets another group or person for more of his vile Trump hatred, and that is a perceived benefit to Trump2020,
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When someone says "Bernie hasn't done anything," send them this thread.

Here are @BernieSanders' legislative landmarks: sanders.senate.gov/legislative-la…

@SenSanders' notable impact on legislation include but are not limited to the following:
#Veterans
Landmark legislation was passed in 2014 to help the Department of Veterans Affairs serve America’s aging population of veterans and to meet the needs of a new generation of men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
#MedicareForAll - Sanders is the leading Senate proponent of moving to a universal, single-payer health care system to provide better care at less cost for all Americans. An amendment (S.Amdt.2837 to S.Amdt.2786) by Sanders was blocked by Senate Republicans in 2009
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1/ One of the principal legacies of the Roberts Court will be its systematic undermining of American democracy, greenlighting efforts to rig elections, ignoring gerrymandering, slashing voting rights, and shifting power from the many to the few. #Rucho #SCOTUS
2/ #Rucho is only the latest in a long string of recent #SCOTUS decisions undermining American democracy. Below are some of the biggies:
3/ In Shelby County v. Holder (2013), the Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act, turning a blind eye to ongoing voting discrimination & preventing Congress from putting in place adequate protections against discrimination. #VRAA
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7/ @SenWhitehouse gets Barr to admit anonymous campaign funding is a way that foreign interference in our elections could take place. Let's get rid of #CitizensUnited.
8/ Also @SenWhitehouse gets Barr to agree to turn over attachments referenced in Mueller letter. Those are the executive summaries Mueller wanted public to see and that were partially redacted in the released #MuellerReport Barr released.
9/ Barr claims he sees nothing "pejorative" about his use of word "spying."

Recessed for 1 hour.
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I'm here today to "tell a different story than Make America Great Again. There's a myth being sold to industrial and rural communities...they're selling resentment...an impossible promise." —@PeteButtigieg on South Bend and what Midwesterners hear from Trump #PeteForAmerica
"It is time to walk away from the politics of the past and tell a story totally different. That's why I'm here today...My name is @PeteButtigieg. I am running for president of the United States." #PeteForAmerica
"Now I recognize the audacity in doing this as a Midwestern, millennial mayor" not how I planned to start "my 38th year in this world...But we live in a moment that compels us each to act." —@PeteButtigieg #PeteForAmerica
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Last month, the US House passed #HR1, the #ForThePeople Act, which is the boldest piece of democracy reform legislation in decades.

Several key parts of the bill have already been tried and tested at the state & local level. Here is a look at 10 of them: commoncause.org/resource/the-f…
Citizen-funded elections have been passed across the country at both a statewide and municipal level. These laws have been proven to break down barriers for who can run for office and ensure candidates spend more time with everyday voters rather than raising money from big donors
Since #SCOTUS's wrongly decided Citizens United decision, many states have taken action to strengthen campaign finance disclosure laws to protect our right to know who is trying to influence our votes and elections. These new laws have often been passed with bipartisan support.
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TrumpRussia (and Europe) IN JOURNO REALITY FRAMEWORK an Expose of #FraternalOrderofICK
It behooves is all to understand the actual factual underlayment of TrumpRussia and also the newest relevant Western Civ news in the body of LE events occurring in Europe. They are connected.
BRIEFLY, TRUMPs Grandfather owned Hotel in Vancouver CA w brothel for gold miners (? To get their gold wo stealing? .. talk about non-injury Crime!)
Father ran Hotels and cleaned other LCN money. Then Mogi Leveraged TRUMP.
SEE American Mafia History from 1931 (Al Capone arrested for #IncomeTaxEvasion) researched by #CiJouno. Eventually @LincolnsBible THREADED to this Summary #TwoMafiaWars EVERY FACT is LINKED TO JOURNO REPORTS. tinyurl.com/y89vs2gl
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I don’t know about enlarging the Court, but put bluntly it has been captured by big #Republican donor interests, and if the Court won’t clean up its own act, something will have to be done. politico.com/story/2019/03/…
Its 73-0 record of 5-4 partisan decisions for big Republican donor interests is too much to ignore. law.com/nationallawjou…
Step one would be to undo #CitizensUnited and #ShelbyCounty as wrongly decided, given false factual findings on which those decisions stood.
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THREAD: Shout-outs are in order in the wake of the ~$1 million in penalties obtained from Right to Rise & the foreign nationals who gave to the #superPAC illegally. Many players did a terrific job. In order: @FEC, @OpenSecretsDC, @theintercept, @CampaignLegal, & FEC again.

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@FEC @OpenSecretsDC @theintercept @CampaignLegal First up: The @FEC’s excellent website, fec.gov, provides the raw materials that allow journalists, nonprofits, researchers, and the public to follow the money. In this case, data from Right to Rise’s filings was scooped up by…

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fec.gov
@FEC @OpenSecretsDC @theintercept @CampaignLegal …the indispensable @OpenSecretsDC, otherwise known as The Center for Responsive Politics, which slices and dices @FEC data and adds tremendous value.

Here’s CRP exec director @skrmhlz, speaking at the FEC, explaining how they do what they do:

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“His defining characteristic has always been his willingness to do anything and sacrifice any principle to amass power for himself. What separates him from the garden-variety politicians — what makes him a radical — are the lengths he is willing to go.” nytimes.com/2019/02/18/opi…
Here is the #NationalEmergency I am most concerned about this #PresidentsDay! Did I say "concerned"? Too polite! We are in a civil war, this time the slavery is for all-colored, political, social and economic. And the 1% has allied itself with raving lunatics to save their pork.
But lest we forget, there is a silver lining...
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🚨CALL TO ACTION🚨

Take immediate steps to protect US Constitution
(Thread)

As of Jan 25 there are 29 resolutions in 12 states calling for a
#ConventionOfStates (#COS) also known as a #ConstitutionalConvention (#ConCon)

Info required to contact legislatures 👇
#NoConCon
See link👇👇👇 for interactive chart tracking Active #COS Legsln

Committee contact names & #s are included for all Resolutions

Public hearing dates listed as available

⏰ALL ConCon resolutions MUST BE BLOCKED & Rescission calls DEMANDED

#ConConTracker
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
What is the threat?

For years there’s been a stealth mvmt guided & funded by #DarkMoney sliding under radar

GOAL 👉 to #RewriteConstitution in ways beneficial ONLY to #Koch-#Mercer-Extreme Christian Right-1% population

#NoConCon #UnKochAmerica #ALEC

prwatch.org/news/2017/03/1…
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It has been 9 years since the #SupremeCourt’s disgraceful 5-4 #CitizensUnited decision.

The damage this ruling has inflicted on our democracy is undeniable. It is time to choose to be on the side of the American people over sleazy #darkmoney & special interests.
Senator McConnell and the #Republicans recognized long ago that restoring power to the people would mean losing their own. washingtonpost.com/opinions/call-…
Looks like @Senatemajldr’s #darkmoney donors are growing uneasy about the push by @HouseDemocrats to rein in slimy special interest groups, which have gone largely unchecked since #CitizensUnited.

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THREAD/ Today is the ninth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s horrendous #CitizensUnited decision. Our democracy has been in crisis ever since.
In the all-Trump media environment, it’s easy to think Trump himself is the source of all our problems. But it goes much deeper. So long as a handful of big money donors have outsized influence over who's elected and what's debated in Congress, our democracy will remain broken.
Until #CitizensUnited is overturned, the corporate oligarchy will maintain the power to block the policies favored by the majority of Americans — from raising the minimum wage to addressing catastrophic climate change, breaking up Wall Street banks to winning #MedicareForAll.
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MT @LincolnsBible THREAD of #July24 2018...
ON Result of TWO MOB WARS that gave us
#CapoTRUMP and #CapoPUTIN (or SubCapo)
tinyurl.com/yb98b66w #MuellerKnowsEverything He prosecuted GOTTI (google it) @maddow @CNN @JasonLeopold @RepAdamSchiff @SenKamalaHarris @renato_mariotti
@LincolnsBible @maddow @CNN @JasonLeopold @RepAdamSchiff @SenKamalaHarris @renato_mariotti HERE are TWEETS 2/3
"Storytellers - novelists & screenwriters - have sold you the #mob's version of their 20th cent world order...
Much of it is spot-on. But key pieces have been obfuscated. Why?
Because that's how you protect the #money@Fahrenthold @maddow @CNN @PolitiZoom
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1/ So! 657 days and 50,000 followers into the effort, it's time to close up shop at @alt_fec. The midterms are done and it looks like the Republic just might survive this crisis. We have been called to #resist in other ways.

Two parting thoughts as we ride off into the sunset:
2/ • Our #campaignfinance laws have been fundamentally broken by #SCOTUS. It's not a matter of flipping #CitizensUnited – you have to reach back to Buckley v. Valeo (1976), the case that established that the government has no interest in a level playing field…
3/ and that preventing corruption is the only allowable reason to regulate #campaignfinance. This was a bad idea from the start, and has led to rotten results. Since #SCOTUS is unlikely to help out anytime soon, and amending the Constitution is unlikely to work, …
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The Supreme Court just agreed to hear a case that could nuke the separation of church and state —you know, that integral part of our Constitution that guarantees our religious freedom (and fact-based laws ..., etc.)‼️
| Think Progress
#SundayMorning apple.news/Awwb__RBFTrCUd…
This 👆🏼☝🏼👆🏼is the precursor to revoking human rights and hopes for personhood/equality rights for women and #LGBTQ.

We’ll see legalized discrimination and #talibangelical fascists will play an integral role government, laws, education, etc.

#SundayThoughts
This 👆🏼☝🏼👆🏼should scare the holy 🔥hell out of all Americans ... and the world, with authoritarian governments on the rise.

Say goodbye👋🏼 to freedom and facts.

#SundayMorning
#SundayThoughts
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As @chrisgeidner breaks this news: Reminder: Crossroads GPS ranks as the No. 2 top-spending #darkmoney group since #CitizensUnited. It told the #FEC it spent ~$110M on political ads between January 2010 & December 2016 bit.ly/2xd1xud
A top Crossroads GPS official once said: “Some donors didn’t want to be disclosed. They were more comfortable giving to a (c)(4), and so we created one.” n.pr/2NUCC7W via @peteroverby @nprpolitics
.@IssueOneReform combed through public records and identified 10 donors to Crossroads GPS. These donors accounted for just 2% of the $349M Crossroads GPS raised between June 2010 & December 2016 bit.ly/2xd1xud
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More than $800M has been spent in elections by #darkmoney groups since #CitizensUnited per @OpenSecretsDC

Did you know that the top 15 groups account for 75% of this spending?

A new @IssueOneReform report examines these 15 major dark money groups

issueone.org/dark-money/
Fact: Most of the top #darkmoney groups are attack dogs. For 14 of the top 15 groups, more than 50% of their spending on ads overtly calling for the election or defeat of candidates from 2010 to 2016 was negative. For 6 groups, more than 90% was negative bit.ly/2QnsXFB
Top among these #darkmoney groups was the US Chamber of Commerce, which reported spending ~$130M on political ads to the #FEC between 2010 and 2016. That’s about $1 of every $6 spent on political ads by all dark money groups during this time. bit.ly/2QnsXFB
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One of the questions I’d want to ask Kavanaugh is whether he has direct knowledge of who are the individuals behind the group who committed $10M to getting him nominated,spent $7M to ensure Garland was blocked & spent $10M making sure Gorsuch was seated👇 huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-…
I would also ask Kavanaugh if a case came up that gave the Supreme Court the ability to make sure that its completely transparent to the public WHO is donating & how much is being donated would he support that transparency or continue to hide behind the #CitizensUnited case law
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DEMAND SEN. SUSAN COLLINS EITHER:

✅ VOTES NO on Kavanaugh
OR
✅ Mainers for Accountable Leadership funds her future opponent

Pledge to help get Collins out of office in 2020 if she doesn’t stand with constituents;
Please RT 🖲
crowdpac.com/campaigns/3874…
#StopKanavaugh
OH, BLESS HIS HEART!
Who says the GOP doesn’t care about women?

Chill the hysteria ladies!

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (NE) is here to mansplain: Women’s Concerns About Losing Their Constitutional #ReproRights are just “HYSTERIA”
dailykos.com/story/2018/9/4…
#SaveKavanaugh
The Grotesque Decency of Brett Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Hearings
▪️Everything’s Fine
▪️Except Democrats who’ve descended into “mob rule”
▪️Democrats obstruct
▪️Stop squawking about documents
| Slate
apple.news/A-nC8pHBZT1mkY…
#StopKavanaugh
#HystericalDemocrats 👈🏼
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@emptywheel @maggieNYT “They do so even while describing a lawyer who represents three high-placed witnesses in the case (along w/#McGahn, #WilliamBurck represents #ReincePriebus and #SteveBannon) opining that the President’s legal exposure makes cooperation “insane.” emptywheel.net/2018/08/18/the…
@emptywheel @maggieNYT “Along the way, the story engages in other kinds of spin, all of which happens to make #DonMcGahn look far better than he should...” 👀See #Koch #FollowTheMoney #JonesDay 👉
@emptywheel @maggieNYT 🔥“#StephenBrogan, Managing Partner, #JonesDay
W/at least 13 of its lawyers positioned strategically throughout Trump administration, including #DonMcGahn, the firm has not been coy about its ties to Trump & exercises immense, unprecedented power in” D.C. washingtonlife.com/2018/05/09/leg…
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Democrats Fight #GOP Culture of Corruption to Make Washington Work for the People/1 #VoteBlue2018 #Midterms #Democrats #DemsWork4USA #WhyIVoteDemocrat It’s a vintage button with a donkey kicking an elephant saying “Kick out Depression with a Democratic Vote”
This week’s indictment of #GOP Congressman Chris Collins shines a stark light on the rampant culture of corruption and self-enrichment among #Republicans in Washington today/2 #Collins #CorruptGOP #SwampThings
..and the story continues to widen as reporters unearth at least six other #GOP current and former Members of Congress who have recently owned or sold stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics, the Australian company at the center of the arrest of Rep. Collins./3 #GOPCORRUPT #Collins
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