Supreme Court allows more private money in election campaigns Supreme Court lifts limits on how much in total one person can donate Its 5-4 ruling means wealthy donors can give to as many campaigns as they wantPeople can still only give a maximum of $5,200 to a single candidateCritics warn the ruling further undermines already weakened campaign finance laws Washington (CNN) -- If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can. The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season. However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle.
Washington, D.C., doesn't have many farms, or farmers. Yet thousands of residents in and around the nation's capital receive millions of dollars every year in federal farm subsidies, including working-class residents in Southeast, wealthy lobbyists on K Street and well-connected lawmakers on Capitol Hill. In neighboring Chevy Chase, Md., one of the nation's wealthiest communities, lawyers, lobbyists and at least one psychologist collected nearly $342,000 in taxpayer farm subsidies between 2008 and 2011, according to the watchdog group Open the Books. Taxpayer subsidies were also paid out to Gerald Cassidy, the founder of one of Washington's most powerful lobbying firms, Cassidy & Associates; Charlie Stenholm, a former congressman; and Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack continues to receive subsides even though he has overseen the agency that pays them since 2009. Millions in farm subsidies flow freely to DC residents who don't actually farm
House Democrats push legislation to overturn Citizens United ruling - TheHill.com A pair of House Democrats introduced legislation Tuesday to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that freed corporations to spend unlimited money on elections. Sponsored by Reps. John Conyers (Mich.), senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, and Donna Edwards (D-Md.), the proposal would amend the Constitution to empower Congress and the states to limit corporate spending on political activities. “Last year, the Supreme Court overturned decades of law and declared open season on our democracy,” Conyers said in a news release.
By Marie Diamond on September 9, 2011 at 9:40 am "Anti-Immigrant New Mexico Governor Reveals Her Grandparents Were Undocumented Immigrants" New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) Anti-Immigrant New Mexico Governor Reveals Her Grandparents Were Undocumented Immigrants
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Laura Wells, Green Party candidate for governor, arrested at Whitman-Brown debate : SFGate: Politics Blog The big Whitman-Brown California gubernatorial debate at Dominican College in San Rafael already has plenty of drama going — protesters from the California Nurses Association and other groups here in force. And Laura Wells, the Green Party candidate for governor, was arrested just minutes ago and put into a patrol car. Marnie Glickman, the spokeswoman for Wells, said that the two had tickets to the debate and were entering Angelico Hall, when they were pulled aside by authorities. She said that they were told that they could not enter because of her status as a gubernatorial candidate. Comrade Garofoli notes that “of course, this being the Bay Area, this isn’t the first time that a Green Party candidate got arrested outside a major office debate.
Democratic governor fires top environment official for not fast-tracking coal plant permit Democratic governor fires top environment official for not fast-tracking coal plant permit Kansas Environment Secretary Fired for Not Fast-Tracking Coal Plant Permit Apparently in Kansas, regulating coal-fired power plants is not what the state's top environment official is supposed to do.