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Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads

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  • According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.
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  • Chamber of Commerce Accused of Tax Fraud
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  • Stop the US Chamber of Commerce
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Think Progress

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The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors. The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending.

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A ThinkProgress investigation has found that the Chamber funds its political attack campaign out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding. And while the Chamber will likely assert it has internal controls, foreign money is fungible, permitting the Chamber to run its unprecedented attack campaign. According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.

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Chamber of Commerce Accused of Tax Fraud, Joshua Holland,  AlterNet

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  • A watchdog group charges the CoC violated U.S. tax laws by funneling $18 million from its charitable, non-profit arm into lobbying.
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  • How the Chamber of Commerce Allegedly Laundered Millions in Charity Dollars to Beat Back Financial Reform and Reelect Republicans
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  • Stop The US Chamber of Commerce
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A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government

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  • "We write today because we believe that the Supreme Court's creation of corporate 'speech' rights on which the Citizens United decision rests is contrary to the First Amendment as we understand it."
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  • Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return
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Steve Cobble, Huffington Post

As the U.S. Supreme Court opened a new session today (Oct 4), more than 50 leading lawyers--former Attorneys General, prosecutors, and constitutional scholars--issued a joint letter calling for the U.S. Congress to consider a Constitutional Amendment to roll back the Roberts Court's ill-advised ruling in the Citizens United case.


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In the very first paragraph of the letter, these leading attorneys state: "...we share one thing: we believe the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was not only wrongly decided but presents a serious danger to effective self-government of, for and by the American people, a danger which must be addressed."


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The letter from the legal scholars also contains this very clear line: "We write today because we believe that the Supreme Court's creation of corporate 'speech' rights on which the Citizens United decision rests is contrary to the First Amendment as we understand it."

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Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return, The Progress Report, Think Progress

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  • The squeeze on workers
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  • Signing away your rights
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Hey Tea Party-Republicans: The Founders Are Not Your Guys

Next time those Tea/GOP phonies gaze off in the distance to claim kinship with the Founders, remind (them) who really did win that Revolution and write that Bill of Rights: Those hemp-growing, tree-hugging, corporate-hating deistic free loving and free thinking present-at-the-creation Americans (who) believed above all that the Truth would keep us free.

Harvey Wasserman, Common Dreams

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

This is a Greco-Roman nation, gathered in a Hodenosaunee longhouse.

As they wrap themselves in the Constitution they mean to shred, that is the self-evident Truth the Tea/GOP Party ultimately cannot face.

Our legal godfathers---the ones Glenn Beck loves to conjure---were Deistic liberal humanists whose core beliefs he hates.

They dumped that tea because they despised the corporation that owned it and the idea of empire it (and today's corporate-military right) stood for.

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Summary: Barack Obama, Change We Can Believe In: Week of October 3

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  • Obama at the UN: The arrogant voice of imperialism
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  • The U.S. wins the right to abduct innocent people with impunity
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Obama at the UN: The arrogant voice of imperialism, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

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  • In its tone and its content, the Obama speech was the authentic and arrogant voice of US imperialism.
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  • Parroting remarks delivered by George W. Bush from the same podium, Obama began by invoking September 11, 2001, once again exploiting the terrorist attacks of that day to justify the acts of military aggression committed by both US administrations in the intervening nine years.
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The CIA and Secrecy, Boston Globe | MA

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  • Torture gets a free pass
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  • The Bleaker Truth of Anti-Americanism: Torture, Rendition, and Guantánamo
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  • ACLU Report: Obama Continuing Bush-Era Torture Policies
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The U.S. wins the right to abduct innocent people with impunity, Glenn Greenwald, Salon
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Bob Heberle
The Supreme Court today (Jun 14) denied a petition of review from Maher Arar, the Canadian and Syrian citizen who was abducted by the U.S. Government at a stopover at JFK Airport when returning to Canada in 2002, held incommunicado for two weeks, and then rendered to Syria, where he spent the next 10 months being tortured, even though -- as everyone acknowledges -- he was guilty of absolutely nothing.  Arar sued the U.S. Government for what was done to him, and last November, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of his lawsuit on the ground that courts have no right to interfere in these decisions of the Executive Branch.  That was the decision which the U.S. Supreme Court let stand today, ending Arar's attempt to be compensated for what was done to him.

The tea-kettle movement

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  • We are a country in a state of incremental decline and losing its competitive edge, because our politics has become just another form of sports entertainment, our Congress a forum for legalized bribery and our main lawmaking institutions divided by toxic partisanship to the point of paralysis.
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  • Chomsky Warns of Risk of Fascism in America
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Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times | NY

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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There are actually two tea-party movements in America today: one you've read about that is not that important and one you've not read about that could become really important if the right politician understood how to tap into it.

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The tea party that has gotten all the attention, the amorphous, self-generated protest against the growth in government and the deficit, is what I'd actually call the "tea-kettle movement" — because all it's doing is letting off steam.

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That is not to say that the energy behind it is not authentic (it clearly is) or that it won't be electorally impactful (it clearly might be). But affecting elections and affecting America's future are two different things. Based on all I've heard from this movement, it feels to me like it's all steam and no engine. It has no plan to restore America to greatness.

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Chomsky Warns of Risk of Fascism in America, Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

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  • “The level of anger and fear is like nothing I can compare in my lifetime,” Chomsky said.
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  • “Ridiculing the tea party shenanigans is a serious error,” he said.
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