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Pelosi’s Call to Change the Constitution

 

 

 

 

” Arguing it would restore democracy, two top House Democrats pushed for sweeping legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United speech case, including a constitutional amendment limiting campaign contributions and instituting a taxpayer-financing system.

  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) published an op-ed in The Washington Post Wednesday advocating for the Government by the People Act on the day it was being introduced in the House.

“ We must disclose the sources of the money in our campaigns, amend the Constitution to reverse the grievous error of the Citizens United decision, reform our broken campaign finance system and empower citizens everywhere to exercise their right to vote,” Pelosi and Sarbanes wrote.”

 

 

    Having searched Thomas , and numerous government websites we could not presently locate a copy of the text of the bill but we did find a list of co-sponsors that reads as a typical list of enemies of the Tea Party and liberty :

 

 

” As of 02/06/2014 text has not been received for H.R.20 – To reform the financing of Congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors, and for other purposes. 

  Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from GPO, the Government Printing Office, a day or two after they are introduced on the floor of the House or Senate. Delays can occur when there are a large number of bills to prepare or when a very large bill has to be printed.”

 

 

 

* = Original cosponsor

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Barber, Ron [D-AZ-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bishop, Timothy H. [D-NY-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Braley, Bruce L. [D-IA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Carney, John C., Jr. [D-DE-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-21]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Dingell, John D. [D-MI-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-22]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Garcia, Joe [D-FL-26]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Grayson, Alan [D-FL-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Horsford, Steven A. [D-NV-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maffei, Daniel B. [D-NY-24]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Michaud, Michael H. [D-ME-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Miller, George [D-CA-11]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Murphy, Patrick [D-FL-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Schwartz, Allyson Y. [D-PA-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Tierney, John F. [D-MA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-33]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]* 02/05/2014

   Despite the lack of available text of the bill the usual suspects have all jumped on the bandwagon in support of this legislative attempt to shut down the Tea Party and any attendant grass roots citizens organizations . Below are what a few of the “progressive” liberal organizations have to say in support of Pelosi/Sarbanes HR 20 :

Dēmos Praises Introduction of The Government By the People Act

US PIRG Applauds the Introduction of the Government by the People Act

The PCCC is proud to endorse the Government #ByThePeople

PFAW Applauds Introduction of Government By the PeopleAct …

 

 

    The Examiner offers a very telling piece on the motives behind this latest attempt by the “progressives” to shut down free speech for the proponents of limited government :

 

 

” Although the “Government by the People Act” innocently claims to want to get big money out of politics, the real goal is to smash the Tea Party (as well as pro-Israel, pro-life, and other similar groups collectively referred to as the “Tea Party.”)

  This legislation is the direct result of a secretive, well-financed progressive plot hatched shortly after President Obama’s re-election in 2012.

  Sound like a conspiracy? It is.

 The meeting was described by Andy Kroll of Mother Jones, who wrote that “three dozen of the most powerful groups in liberal politics met [for an 'invite-only and off-the-record' meeting] at the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA).” During the meeting, they pledged “millions of dollars” to actively work on three specific goals, one of which was “getting big money out of politics.” “

 

Imagine the chutzpah of the NEA and other unions demanding to get the “big money” out of politics.

 

” The fear that conservative groups would have access to funds typically granted to progressive groups and unions was too much to bear. In fact, the Citizens United ruling came at right around the time that the Internal Revenue Service started targeting conservative groups.

  As revealed by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post,

“The targeting of [conservative] groups began in early 2010, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC was announced on Jan. 21.”

  Many of the same politicians and activist groups involved in the Democracy Initiative pressured the IRS to scrutinize the Tea Party before Lois Lerner “spontaneously” apologized for the targeting in May, 2013.

A detailed history of the IRS targeting can be found at Tavern Keepers.”

 

     These legislative and lobbying efforts on the part of the elite of the “progressive” left to shut down the Tea Party and like minded citizens groups speaks volumes as to the effectiveness of such organizations and gives evidence of just how important to the cause of liberty , freedom and limited government they are . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama Quietly Gives IRS “License To Kill” Tea Party Groups

 

 

” As Obama continues to deceive from behind the curtain of every day laws, it’s hard to tell whether ordinary laws are just that, or a cover for something a little more devious.  Obama’s latest law claims to redefine political organizations in a way that would allow for the government to tax contributions—but is that all?  It turns out that this new law may just put an end to over 100,000 small, grass-roots, Tea Party organizations.

  As Obama unleashes his, “IRS army of 90,000 workers, with 4,300 investigators, 13,000 revenue agents, 2,600 special agents, 9,500 tax examiners and 1,500 attorneys’ on-staff,” it hardly seems like a worthwhile effort to only target these minimally marginal groups.   That being said, it appears that despite yet another transparent passing of a “protective” law, this is exactly what Obama is setting out to do.

  The law will effectively place a gag order on all Tea Party organizations that will be financially bled dry and no longer able to afford operating expenses after being taxed.  Along with this, Obama’s administration set out a few “traps” to catch even more that do comply.

The law lines out:

“Anything that mentions or has any connection to a candidate or public official is deemed restricted speech (CRPA), even when it otherwise meets the organization’s goals. Details of all communications must be reported to the IRS whenever it occurs within 60 days of a general election or within 30 days of primaries.” “

 

Read on at Mr Conservative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Donors Threaten Dems: Do The Right Thing On Guns, Or No More Money

 

A Product Of One Of Our Moral Arbiters

 

 

 

” With red state Democratic Senators remaining skittish about embracing Obama’s gun proposals, at least two top Democratic donors are stepping forward and vowing to withhold any and all future financial contributions from any Democrats who don’t support the centerpiece of Obama’s plan: Expanded background checks.

Kenneth Lerer, a New York businessman who is chairman of Buzzfeed.com, and David Bohnett, a technology entrepreneur and philanthopist based in Los Angeles, are both major financial supporters of Democratic candidates, having each given scores of large contributions over the years. They are both key players in the political fundraising world and wield influence among other donors and fundraisers.

Neither will give another dime to any Senate Democrat who does not support expanded background checks, I’m told — and both will suggest to other donors that they do the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaw-Dropper: NBC Says Obama’s Actions Rarely Match His Words

 

” NBC’s Chuck Todd had some unexpected criticism of Obama’s converted campaign arm Organizing for Action, which is raising $50,000 to $500,000 donations so interest groups can have special access to Obama.

Leading off the report, NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd said the president’s actions have ‘rarely matched’ his words. It’s refreshing to see NBC concede this often-observed tendency.

Leading off the report, NBC’s Political Director Chuck Todd said the president’s actions have ‘rarely matched’ his words. It’s refreshing to see NBC concede this often-observed tendency.

A few examples of President Obama saying he will do one thing, before doing another:”

 

 

Sheriff Lee Baca and the Gun-Gift Connection

 

 

 

” The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is known in gun-rights circles for being stingy with concealed-weapons permits. Sheriff Lee Baca has total discretion over who is allowed to get a permit, and he hasn’t given out many.

As of May 2012, only 341 people had been granted them, according to sheriff’s records. Compare that with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which had 1,754 permit holders in 2011, despite a population of just 2 million people to L.A.’s 10 million. The Kern County Sheriff granted even more, with 3,564 permit holders in a population of 800,000 people.

In L.A. County, records show, most of the permits go to judges and reserve deputies. But there is another group that seems to have better luck than most in obtaining permits: friends of Lee Baca. Those who’ve given the sheriff gifts or donated to his campaign are disproportionately represented on the roster of permit holders.

Michel had not looked in depth at L.A. County’s practices, but the Weekly did. Last year, the Weekly filed a public records request for all 341 active concealed-weapons permits granted by the Sheriff’s Department — as well as a list of the 123 people who applied for concealed weapons over an 18-month period but were denied. (You can see the complete list of permit holders we obtained from the Sheriff’s Department here.)

Those lists contain many of the same names that appear on Baca’s gift reports and contribution records.

In fact, more than two dozen people who have given gifts or campaign contributions to the sheriff also have gun permits. More than one out of every 10 permits issued to civilians went to people on Baca’s gift list. The permit holders include Michael R. Yamaki, an attorney and reserve deputy who is among Baca’s best friends, as well as several people who attended Baca’s 1999 wedding.”

 

 

 

HT/Instapundit

More Taxpayer Funded Campaign Contributions For “The Lightworker” 

 

  “As Congress probes expensive public-relations contracts to market the unpopular Obamacare law to the American public, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently announced that it has inked a deal worth more than $3 million to promote Obamacare’s “exchanges.”

CMS, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, will pay PR firm Weber Shandwick at least $3.1 million for the new contract, according to a report in PR Week. Weber will promote state-based health care “exchanges” established by Obamacare.

The contract is the second major HHS contract landed by Weber. It inked a $3.4 million deal in 2010 to help Medicare patients spot and prevent fraud.”

 The ugly attacks on my family highlight media double standard

“In recent weeks my family has come under relentless attack from the White House political operation, elements of the Democratic Party and organizations and media outlets supported by some of the Democrats’ wealthiest donors.

These attacks stem sadly from one main reason: our support for the Republican presidential candidate as well as other Republican candidates.

Too often there is a media double standard in our country based on situational ethics. The president’s supporters are treated one way while those who might challenge his leadership are treated in another.

This is hypocrisy. “

Biden’s ‘good friend,’ donor receives $20M federal loan to open foreign luxury car dealership in Ukraine

  ” In late July, John Hynansky — a longtime friend of Vice President Joe Biden , and a major donor
to Biden’s campaigns as well as President Barack Obama’s — was awarded a $20 million taxpayer loan to build a foreign-car dealership in Ukraine. “

  …Oh yes , that would be the recurring theme of the past 4 years .

“The Obama campaign sought to downplay fundraising expectations on Monday as some top donors expressed exasperation that the
president had been outraised for the third month in a row by Mitt Romney’s campaign.”

   We have no problem with convicts being made to work … for the public . That is not what this is about though . Read on and see how Obama and his ” Green Energy ” pipe dream has led to wholesale corruption and crony capitalism on a scale never seen before .

 

  “The Obama administration is using prison labor to advance its green energy agenda, enriching foreign companies and some of the president’s largest campaign donors in the process.”

 

   If it was just a matter of saving the taxpayers money we would be behind it 100% but as is always the case with this administration it is all about their own survival and profit .

 

   ” UNICOR typically partners with private companies to install the panels and help the agencies put in place other energy-saving measures. Major beneficiaries of this system include Constellation Energy, which was recently acquired by the Exelon Corporation, a Chicago-based utility provider with deep ties to the Obama administration.”

 

  Guess who has profited handsomely from Exelon Corporation. You guessed it .

 

    ” Exelon employees, including a number of current and former top executives, have donated at least $246,000 to Obama since 2007, including at least $83,000 this cycle.”

 

 

If you are interested in the corrosive influence of money in politics look no further than InfluenceExplorer . On this site you can track who gives what to whom and when . An invaluable tool in this upcoming election season .

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