Tag Archive: Senate Judiciary committee


Money Talks: Every Senator Probing Time Warner Cable Merger Took Comcast PAC Cash

 

 

the value of public interest .....

 

 

 

 

” Money talks — or at least Comcast hopes it does. The Senate Judiciary Committee held its first congressional hearing on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger Thursday, and every single member of the committee has taken money from Comcast PAC — even Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota, who is generally considered to be anti-Comcast.

  Out of 18 committee members, 10 Democrats and eight Republicans, 17 got money from Comcast’s federal PAC, according to the database at OpenSecrets.org, technology website Ars Technica reported.

  The full list of Senate Judiciary Committee members and cash they’ve accepted from Comcast PAC donations are:

 

 

Comcast PAC donations to Democrats:

 

• Chuck Schumer, New York: $35,000

• Patrick Leahy, Vermont, Chairman: $32,500

• Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island: $26,500

• Chris Coons, Delaware: $25,000

• Dick Durbin, Illinois: $23,000

• Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota: $22,500

• Dianne Feinstein, California: $18,500

• Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut: $11,500

• Mazie Hirono, Hawaii: $5,000

• Al Franken, Minnesota: $5,000 (2009 recount fund)

 

 

Comcast PAC donations to Republicans:

• Orrin Hatch, Utah: $30,000

• Chuck Grassley, Iowa, Ranking Member: $28,500

• John Cornyn, Texas: $21,000

• Lindsey Graham, South Carolina: $13,500

• Jeff Sessions, Alabama: $10,000

• Mike Lee, Utah: $8,500

• Ted Cruz, Texas: $2,500

• Jeff Flake, Arizona: $1,000

    There are no laws these and the rest of the crooks in Congress can consider that do not present a clear conflict of interest on behalf of at least 50% of them at any given time . Congress is corrupt beyond redemption and serious changes need to be instituted as to how they do business .

   Step one is TERM LIMITS … One And Done is our motto , no lifetime sinecures , no career politicians , no political elites , no family dynasties … Period .

Read the rest of the Washington Times story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE BILL ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THE “RIGHT” OF FREE PRESS A “PRIVILEGE”

 

 

 

” The Senate Judiciary committee has moved forward a bill that would offer “Shield Law” protections for journalists and prevent them from having to testify about their work. The bill, moved forward on Thursday after members of the committee took it upon themselves to define who is a journalist and who is not.

Senator Charles Schumer says that this bill “balances the need for national security with that of a free press.” Though wouldn’t that beg the question, if the press (media) is restricted (balanced with security), how could it be free?

Of course the real story here centers around Senator Dianne Feinstein who has for weeks insisted that the committee must create and limit a definition for the title of “reporter”. Feinstein says that she cannot support everyone who has a blog with “special privilege”, going on to say “If Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have privilege. I’m not going to go there.” “

 

 

    Welcome to the State’s war on citizen journalism . Make no mistake , this is a direct attack on the first amendment and must be fought with everything we have . Man up bloggers . Spread the word .