In conceding defeat in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton cast herself as an opponent of money’s influence in politics, a future president who would challenge corporate power.
“You’re not going to find anybody more committed to aggressive campaign finance reform than me,” Clinton said, promising to “crack down on corporations that game the system.”
Only days later, Clinton’s campaign is launching a fundraising blitz that includes events with representatives of industries that have significant business interests before the federal government. An International Business Times review of fundraising invitations found that the Clinton campaign’s nationwide tour includes events with corporate officials from the food, investment and energy sectors — all of which have vested financial interests in the policies that the next presidential administration will decide.

Hillary Clinton holds massive corporate fundraisers, to counter the small donor explosion from Sanders supporters.

Bernie Sanders raised a record amount of money in 24 hours, all of it from small donors. Bernie Sanders is out-raising the Clinton campaign, and does not have a Super PAC. Bernie Sanders believes in his message about getting corporate money out of politics.

A huge part of Bernie’s appeal is how he pledges to address the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics. Hillary Clinton is attempting to co-opt that pledge by giving some good-sounding speeches to her supporters.

But what’s coming up for the Clinton campaign?

  • According to fundraising information collected by the nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear Friday at a Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser in Cincinnati chaired by Allan Berliant , CEO of frozen food conglomerate Best Express Foods.
  • Three days later, Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to be in Columbus, Ohio, for a campaign fundraiser at the home of Susan Tomasky, who is listed as a board member of the multibillion-dollar energy behemoth Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG). The New Jersey company is one of the nation’s largest utilities, and has nuclear power plants and gas pipeline interests.
  • Next Tuesday, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear at back-to-back fundraisers co-hosted by officials from Wall Street colossus BlackRock — including Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s former State Department chief of staff and a current board member of the Clinton Foundation. According to Politico, a BlackRock fundraiser for Clinton had been scheduled for last week, but Clinton’s campaign postponed it until after the New Hampshire primary following criticism of her Wall Street ties by her opponent, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
  • A day after the BlackRock fundraisers, Clinton is slated to be in Chicago for an event at the home of Valor Equity Partners’ founder Antonio Gracias. The firm has invested in pharmaceutical, automobile and energy companies regulated by the federal government.

Every single one of these events is before a group of people representing industries that should face scrutiny from the next president.




This is exactly the kind of corruption and pay-for-access problem that everyone who isn’t a millionaire in America wants to end!

And Hillary Clinton and her campaign either think voters are too stupid to recognize what’s going on, or (more likely, I think) she just doesn’t care, because it’s her turn and she’s entitled to this and some people who claim to support Sanders are awful online.

(via the great orange satan)

Texting for Dollars on the Trail

It’s been tried before, but on Thursday, the Federal Election Commission approved raising money by text message. In the past, text fundraising has been rejected because it would be difficult to meet the FEC’s 10 day reporting requirement (Source). OpenSecrets postulates that campaigns will follow the method used by charities and other organizations have used: texting a word or phrase to a number and making a contribution that will be added to the phone bill (Source). The FEC ruling would cap text contributions at $50 per month. So, expect to be receiving a text message if you have ever given your cell phone number to a political campaign, party, etc.

House subcommittee blocks campaign finance reforms

House subcommittee blocks campaign finance reforms

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This afternoon in a series of party-line votes, the Privileges and Elections-Campaigns Subcommittee blocked several measures that would have increased accountability and transparency from our elected officials when it comes to campaign fundraising. HB6 – Simon: Disallowed the use of campaign funds for personal use. HB705 – McClellan: Forbade fundraising by the Governor during the time between…

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During the event, Trump made note that Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter and his wife, Laura, will donate $1 million to the fundraiser.

“One of the great, great men of our country in terms of business and talent,” Trump said.

A rep for Perlmutter said: “The Perlmutters are thrilled to support their friend Donald Trump in his efforts to help veterans.”

The Perlmutters also donated $2 million Marco Rubio’s campaign this season.

and its also confirmed that this event wasn’t raising money going directly to any veteran’s issue or organization but was in fact going to the Donald Trump Foundation.  So, its not like they were even helping veterans. 

this was essentially a campaign fundraiser for Trump while trying to steal the limelight from the republican debate

We’re slowly getting there!! 

The total cost for the dog and training is $16,000!

We’ve raised $2,041 through our campaign, $150 in direct donations to Sherlock, and we were approved for a $2,500 grant from the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation!

That leaves $11,309 left to raise for Aria’s Seizure Assistance Dog!

Just TWO days left in this campaign, so please please share and re-share!!

Thank you to everyone who has helped out!! Whether reblogs, or financially,  we appreciate your help, and couldn’t do this without you!!

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Aria has a potential match for a service dog!

His name is Lincoln, he’s a seven month old Standard Poodle! We’ll be scheduling his first home visit to make sure they like each other!

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Benghazi Investigation Costs Taxpayers as Much as Two Months of Obama Golf Vacations, Fundraisers

Benghazi Investigation Costs Taxpayers as Much as Two Months of Obama Golf Vacations, Fundraisers

Clinton apologists whine about cost of getting to the bottom of Benghazi mess, but it turns out we’ve spent as much for two months worth of Obama golf and fundraising junkets! We hear a lot from defenders of Hillary Clinton’s breathtaking Benghazi botch, which include denying repeated pleas for more security prior to the murders, her ridiculous lies about a YouTube video being the cause,…

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San Francisco!
When: TODAY! October 8th 5:00pm (Press conf 4:30pm)
Where: Converge on UN Plaza, Civic Center BART
For: Obama’s fundraiser visit at the Bill Graham Auditorium

Why? Eleven years of unjust endless war in Afghanistan,Imprisonment of PFC Manning & war on all whistle blowers, Guantanamo Bay, NDAA, Drone Murders, Extrajudicial killings and kill lists, Indefinite detention, continued war across the middle east, looming war with Iran, & much more.

Because our community with real needs such as healthcare, education & housing is not a cash box to be siphoned from & thrown away on presidential campaigns.

Not sorry I won't or can't give to the cause.

Writing and covering politics, I pretty much end up on everyone’s campaign fundraising list during election season. No one ever asks, one day I simply just get a new email that sounds similar to every other email screaming about how if no one donates money now the Koch brothers will own us forever or just a little more dough will make a huge difference to the campaign and “don’t you want to see real change in (insert city/state/country)?”

Sorry guys, just because I covered the time you showed up to a march somewhere or said something mildly interesting that had more substance than a 20 second talking point once doesn’t mean I want to open my barren wallet and give you the dust, lint and crumpled business cards inside. Forget about money, I’d much rather eat tonight and your fundraising dinner with the bag boiled vegetables and bland chicken is worth less than the frozen pizza in the back of the ice cabinet at the liquor store.

With that in mind, here’s a piece that hits the nail on the head.

“If Democrats acted like Democrats, they might enjoy the same level of support from their own base…but instead, the people are presented with this eternally timid "Please Don’t Hurt Me” coalition, afraid of the word “Liberal,” and certainly addicted to the Wall Street/Defense/Petroleum money swelling their coffers. You ain’t broke, despite that barrage of emails to the contrary.

You support fracking while giving lip-service to climate change? You want Keystone XL approved, despite the fact that it will run the world’s dirtiest fuel through our breadbasket and over our main aquifer in a pipeline that is dead-bang guaranteed to leak? You endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement? You’re satisfied with the barren lack of accounting meted to the Wall Street brigands who stole our future? You’re down with a third war in Iraq?

Wait, you don’t support all that? But you won’t stand against it, because you’re afraid of losing votes or campaign money?

My heroes.“

Read the full thing over at Truthout.

Elizabeth Warren's "growing clout could shift the caucus to the left"

Elizabeth Warren’s “growing clout could shift the caucus to the left”

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The Hill has a post about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “growing clout” that should make many a Progressive smile and nod. It may even send a thrill up some Democratic legs. Clout coming from the left can do that.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has emerged as one of the top fundraisersfor Senate Democratic candidates in the midterm election campaign, filling a void left by the absence of Hillary…

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Schapiro: The legislature’s biggest job is raising campaign bucks

Virginia lawmakers face an important decision. It has nothing to do with the important business they’re unlikely to finish by the scheduled adjournment of the General Assembly on Saturday.

Anticipating that they will again work overtime, having failed to adopt a new state budget on time, delegates and senators, Republicans and Democrats must decide whether to resume an activity prohibited by law when the legislature is in session: campaign fundraising.

The decision comes down to procedure: Should the General Assembly recess or adjourn? To ordinary Virginians, it may be a distinction without a difference. To Virginia politicians, it’s a big deal — one complicated by the House-Senate shoving match over whether to weave into the $95 billion budget a permutation of Obamacare.

If the legislature recesses — in effect, takes a break and returns to Richmond when there’s a deal on which to vote — it would be lengthening the current session. In doing so, it would extend the ban on fundraising.

Click on the headline to read the full story.

~ Richmond Times-Dispatch

Gee, Obama, As Long As Your Politicizing Things, How About Visiting Chicago?

Gee, Obama, As Long As Your Politicizing Things, How About Visiting Chicago?

Obama jets off the the West Coast on a taxpayer-funded fundraising trip, and inflicts himself on the suffering people of Roseburg, Oregon, while Chicago erupts in violence and murder. While B. Hussein Obama was jet setting to the West Coast on our dime, on a fundraising trip that he had planned before the Roseburg shooting, his adopted hometown, Chicago, experienced an unfortunate new benchmark.…

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VIDEO: Vice President Biden Fans’ 2016 Speculation

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