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— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) March 5, 2014
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— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) March 5, 2014
American Future Fund founder discusses with Greta how the FEC and IRS colluded to target the group.
Emails from Lois Lerner, the embattled IRS head of the Tax Exempt Division, to an attorney at the FEC show the 2 agencies colluded to target various conservative Tea Party groups.
Those emails show that an attorney in the FEC’s Enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group, the American Future Fund, before recommending that the FEC prosecute it for violations of campaign-finance law
Dave Camp and House Ways and Means is asking Danny Werfel to turn over those emails for the period of 2008-2012 before the deadline of Aug 14th. The committee discovered the email exchanges during investigations into the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups and other politically-oriented organizations applying for tax-exempt status.
“The American public is entitled to know whether the IRS is inappropriately sharing their confidential tax information,” wrote committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich. “During the course of the committee’s investigation of political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service, the committee identified electronic mail between a high-ranking official at the IRS and the Federal Elections Commission that brings into question whether the IRS has inappropriately shared confidential tax information with the FEC.”
In the exchanges, the attorney acknowledges he cannot ask for information about tax-exempt applications, but asks whether American Future Fund and American Issues Project had received exempt status.
“Several months ago . . . I spoke with you about the American Future Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization that had submitted an exemption application the IRS [sic],” the FEC attorney wrote Lerner in February 2009.
In violation of federal law, Lerner replied in a Feb. 3, 2009 email: “What can we do to help here“, suggesting strongly she provided the tax data in violation of Rule 6103, which prohibits the IRS from sharing confidential taxpayer information.
The emails also show the FEC attorney as saying “When we spoke last July, you had told us that the American Future Fund had not received an exemption letter from the IRS.”
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas continues to expose the rampant corruption and bile within the democrat party.
(VeritasVisuals – YouTube) –While investigating Obamacare Navigators, Battleground Texas, and their connection to Obama’s Organizing for America, we caught some deeply offensive comments on tape.
Wendy Davis and Battleground Texas supporters are seen on camera making statements such as “Since he’s in a wheelchair and most the slogans are “Stand with Wendy” and “Stand with Texas Women”, isn’t that amazing to think of? He’s in a wheelchair and we want to stand with Wendy?”
In another instance they say, “Greg Abbott (The Attorney General of Texas) is not, he’s really not a sure thing, and he’s really not real electable. First of all he’s not good looking, he doesn’t speak very well, he doesn’t have a good personality, and he’s in a wheelchair.”
But that’s not it. When asked about forging signatures on absentee ballots, Deputy Voter Registrar and attorney Lisa Wortham covered her ears and then went on to admit, “I’ve seen people do that all the time.” Battleground Texas volunteer Celeste Grahm then added, “I don’t think it’s legal but I didn’t hear you say that.”
Follow @GregAbbott_TX on Twitter.
Gregg Abbot on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TexansForAbbott
Oh puh-lease, personal facts that you cloaked in lies.
Two days ago, Abbott and his campaign sunk to a new low, making personal attacks on my family, my education, and my character. (1/4)
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) January 20, 2014
Obama’s voter fraud facilitating Organizing for America Regional Field Director ‘Stephanie Caballero’ is also “a salaried employee of the DNC”.
Boom! James Oâ€™Keefe and Project Veritas have done it again. Doing the job that investigative â€œreal journalistsâ€ wonâ€™t do, he now uncovered an Obama for America staffer facilitating voter fraud by helping a woman to vote twice. Oâ€™Keefe had previously exposed how easy it was to commit voter fraud in New Hampshire. He also exposed how easy it was to obtain a ballot, even in Attorney General Holderâ€™s name.Â Attorney General Holder absurdly dismissed that as â€œmanufactured.â€ Huh. What will he say about this?
Not a single word of outrage or condemnation will fall from his smarmy corrupt lips, because frankly Holder does not give a damn. If it were the other way around, Holder would be on the case like white on rice –as he should.
According to James Oâ€™Keefe, â€œThese individuals showed no concern whatsoever when our investigators declared their intention to vote multiple times for President Obama. In fact, they were happy to help, even going so far as to provide the forms necessary to commit the fraud and offering advice on how to avoid getting caught.â€
This latest footage was gathered over several weeks in Texas and New Jersey. It shows Obama campaign workers, including Organizing for America Regional Field Director Stephanie Caballero, providing material assistance to individuals who state explicitly that they intend to commit election fraud.
There is no doubt that these workers know exactly what they are doing.
In response to the investigatorâ€™s request for help voting twice, Caballero says, â€œOh my god this is so funny. Itâ€™s cool though!â€ Then, when discussing the possibility of getting caught, Caballero says, â€œIf anyone checks, say â€˜I donâ€™t know.â€™â€
A fundraiser held in Chi-Com land for the reelection of a sitting POTUS who spews this sort of mind lowing drivel:
Obama: Gee, it would be easier to be President of China
And whose Secretary of Transportation longs for the Chinese communist authoritarian system:
H/T Doug Ross who adds sarcastically:
And, just like the President’s squeaky-clean website fundraising [CLICK & READÂ --Ed.], every donation will be scrubbed to ensure it’s legal and originating with a real U.S. citizen.
(CBS Atlanta)–ATLANTA, Ga. -The Occupy movement has decided to fight fire with fire.
Last week, John Paul Thornton of Decatur, Ala. filed to create a PAC for the Occupy Movement. â€œPACâ€ is an acronym for a political action committee, or an organization that campaigns for or against candidates, legislation, and ballot initiatives.
Thornton is an active member in the Alabama Occupy movement.Â He said he came up with the idea when he was laying in bed.
â€œ[I was] watching [The Colbert Report] and I thought, â€˜Wouldnâ€™t be nice if Occupy had a PAC,â€™ and â€¦ like a lightbulb, it came to me!â€ he told CBS Atlanta.
The money that will be raised can be used by Occupy as a whole, from branches in Huntsville, Ala. to ones in New York City or Oakland, Calif.
â€œThis PAC is for everyone and if they want to contribute they are more than welcome,â€ Thornton said. â€œThis is going to be uber-transparent down to the cent.Â It will be egalitarian and democratic.â€
Money will also be used for federal candidates such as Elizabeth Warren andÂ Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders [Admitted socialist –Ed.]because of their pledges to get money out of politics.
In bed with evvvvvvil corporate bankers! Shame!
(CBS) –Thornton said the type of entity applying is a “cooperative” and listed the mailing address of the organization as having “none” but also being “everywhere.”
Thornton only partially stuck to the movement’s anti-Wall Street philosophy. The primary bank listed to collect funds raised for the PAC is a credit union — a preferred financial institution. But the second financial outlet listed on the FEC forms is a corporate regional bank — not one of the big Wall Street firms — but a member of the S&P 500.
Update: “So whoâ€™s Thornton?”
Update 2: There is already an OccupyPolitics PAC, Inc., founded byÂ James C. Farrar, Jr., who is active in his local OWS group — Occupy Jackson (Mississippi).
Update 3: Thornton is a Ron Paul 2012 campaign contributor.
The Islamic camel poking it’s nose into the White House tent.
(Roll Call) –The Federal Election Commission is showing signs that it might allow a Guyana-born American citizen to file papers and raise money to run for president of the United States.
The agency released two draft advisory opinions [link fixed -ed.] Friday that could permit New York lawyer Abdul Hassan to go through the initial steps to run for president. But the FEC’s pending decision won’t be the last word on the constitutional issue of whether someone born outside the United States can be president.
The request put the FEC in the rare role of deciding a large constitutional issue that has only a few intersections with campaign finance law. The two commonly held constitutional requirements to run for president are that the candidate be 35 years or older and be a “natural born citizen.”
Both advisory opinions answer three of Hassan’s four questions in a similar way. They state that Hassan could be a candidate, may solicit funds and would be required to file disclosure reports. But the two opinions differ on whether he may receive federal matching funds.
The first draft states that Hassan would not be allowed to receive matching funds because “the United States Constitution provides that ‘[n]o Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.’”
The FEC is slated to discuss and possibly vote on the draft opinions at an open meeting Thursday. Four of the six commissioners must support an opinion for it to be approved.
The FEC should of laughed in his face and told him to hit the road. That they did not, is disturbing.
Trust me, we do not want this Pandora’s Box to open. Not even a crack.
Action Alert: The Federal Election Commission is asking the public to submit comments on the FEC’s draft opinions.
The comments from the public must be submitted by hand or fax by August 31st, 2011.
The FEC is scheduled to discuss and may vote on the FEC’s draft opinions at an open meeting on September 1st, 2011.
Members of the public may submit written comments on draft advisory opinions by doing the following:
If you wish to comment on DRAFT A or DRAFT B of ADVISORY OPINION [link fixed -ed.] 2011-15, please note the following requirements:
1) Comments must be in writing, and they must be both legible and complete.
2) Comments must be submitted to the Office of the Commission Secretary by hand delivery or fax (202) 208-3333, with a duplicate copy submitted to the Office of General Counsel by hand delivery or fax (202) 219-3923.
3) Comments must be received by noon (Eastern Time) on August 31,2011.
4) The Commission will generally not accept comments received after the deadline. Requests to extend the comment period are discouraged and unwelcome. An extension request will be considered only if received before the comment deadline and then only on a case-by-case basis in special circumstances.
5) All timely received comments will be made available to the public at the Commission’s Public Records Office and will be posted on the Commission’s website at http://saos.mctusa.com/saos/searchao.
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Update: It’s official folks! The FEC ignored our pleas, and are allowing Hassan to run for president!! This is an OUTRAGE!!!!!
Hassan’s request appeared to put the FEC in the rare role of deciding a large constitutional issue that has only a few intersections with campaign finance law. The two commonly held constitutional requirements to run for president are that the candidate be 35 years of age or older and be a “natural born citizen.”
But FEC commissioners said repeatedly that their decision to define Hassan as a candidate had nothing to do with his birth country. They said that current federal election law allows for someone to be a candidate, regardless of whether they can legally hold the office they seek and that the FEC is not charged with deciding presidential criteria including one’s natural-born citizenship.
“This does not mean that he can go and say ‘look the FEC has said that I am a candidate, give me money, I’m official,’” said Republican Commissioner Donald McGahn. “That is not what we do here; we don’t certify you as a candidate. That’s what the states do.”
During Thursday’s meeting, commissioners said they had trepidation about voting for Hassan’s candidacy because of how it might be perceived.
“By saying that it is okay — it does give the impression that we don’t see a problem,” said Democratic Commissioner Steven Walther. “I think that we really need to be cognizant of how this could be misconstrued.”
The FEC’s decision to allow Hassan to go through the initial steps to run for president took place outside of its normal publicly attended open meetings and instead was approved by a tally vote as commissioners tried to reach a consensus.
One of the final sections added to approved opinion states: “Notwithstanding this conclusion, the Commission expresses no opinion on Mr. Hassan’s potential liability arising out of his proposed activities under any other Federal or State law, including any laws concerning fraudulent misrepresentation. Any such issues are outside the Commission’s jurisdiction.”
“For us this is really all about what we are empowered to decide and what we are not empowered to decide,” said Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub. “Nobody is saying that it is fine and nobody is saying it’s okay for this guy to be going out and raising funds.’”
Shortly after Hassan made the request, the FEC signaled that it would decide the technicalities of filing requirements while leaving the broader issue of who can run for president to the judicial branch. In an email to Hassan on July 18, the FEC stated that he understood “that although the Commission can respond to the questions asked in [his] advisory opinion, the Commission cannot make any determination as to whether [Hassan] can, as a naturalized citizen, serve as President.”
H/T Maggie (See link below.)
FEC docs. from the meeting:
In case you overlooked this comment of mine, I am adding it to the update:
Hassan has not a snow balls chance in hell on winning the presidential election. And he knows it.
His goal is to wipe out the ‘natural born’ citizen clause permanently, thus opening the door for ‘others:
I kindly urge this Court to break from the tradition of Dredd Scott, Plessy and Hirabayashi by rejecting the invidious discrimination challenged in this case, grant Plaintiff the declaration he seeks, and declare the natural born provision to be trumped, mooted, abrogated and implicitly repealed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, together with the costs of this action and such other, further and different relief as the Court deems just and proper.
Maetenloch at Ace’s links…thanks!
Zilla of Zilla of the Resistance links…thanks!
Maggie at Maggie’s Notebook links…thanks!
Creeping Sharia links…thanks!
A waste of time, because let’s face it we are talking about Holder the corrupt, incompetent. But at least the RNC demand is on record.
(RNC) WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus today called on the Department of Justice to investigate whether or not President Barack Obama broke federal election laws by conducting illegal political fundraising activity in the White House.Ã‚Â A fundraising video featuring the President appears to have been recorded in the Map Room which is not part of the White House residence, but rather “occupied in the discharge of official duties.” According to federal law, it is a crime for the President of the United States to solicit political contributions in a place of official government business. Chairman Priebus has asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for the Department of Justice to investigate the matter to determine if, in fact, federal laws were broken by President Obama. Below are excerpts from Chairman Priebus’ letter to Attorney General Holder:
“It is with grave concern that I write to request a Department of Justice investigation into an apparent crime committed by President Barack Obama. On or about June 27, 2011, Obama for America Campaign Manager Jim Messina sent an email message containing an announcement he said President Obama wanted to make personally.Ã‚Â The message solicited funds for a raffle, of which the winner would have the opportunity to have dinner with President Obama and Vice-President Biden.Ã‚Â “If you haven’t yet thrown your name in the hat for this thing,” Mr. Messina wrote, “I have a feeling this announcement might change that.” Embedded in Mr. Messina’s message was a video of President Obama, along with a link to a website through which donors could enter the raffle by making contributions to the President’s reelection campaign …
“According to multiple individuals with knowledge of the White House’s rooms and layout, the video appears to have been recorded in the Map Room.Ã‚Â According to news reports, however, the White House Counsel has indicated that the video was filmed somewhere in the residential portion of the White House …
“As Chairman of the Republican National Committee, I have the responsibility to hold the President accountable for his reckless spending, for the unsustainable growth of government and the crushing debt he is leaving for future generations of Americans, and now, sadly, for his apparent criminal behavior.Ã‚Â I never expected I would be in this regrettable position, but the President’s conduct and the White House staff’s stonewalling leave me no choice …”
Update: No worries folks, Obama spokesmouth Eric Schultz insists that the video is on the up and up. AND in fact according to anonymous experts and lawyers, everything the ENTIRE administration has EVER done has been “above board”. Wow.
A White House spokesman, Eric Schultz, noted that similar videos had been filmed in the White House by past presidents and said that no rule or law had been broken.
“As we have said in the past, this was wholly appropriate and routinely done in past administrations, as evidenced by an abundance of examples spanning the past three decades,” Mr. Schultz said in a statement. “In fact, experts and lawyers have said publicly that all of what this administration is doing is above board.”
Not so fast Shultzie, non-anonymous expert “Cleta Mitchell (member of the American Bar Association’s election law committee) “it’s a criminal offense.”
H/T Ã‚Â Politisite
(Real Clear Politics) –NRO’s Jim Geraghty raises the question of whether Barack Obama filmed a video for his reelection campaign in the White House, which may possibly be a violation of federal election laws.
In the video, President Obama promotes a “Dinner With Barack” raffle. To participate in the contest you need to donate at least $5 to the president’s re-election campaign and your name will be raffled off to enjoy a dinner with the President, airfare and accommodations included. In a new web video, Obama announced Vice President Joe Biden will also be attending the dinner.
There is one problem, however. This campaign ad was most likely recorded in the White House, which may have violated FEC campaign finance laws.
Screenshot ofÃ‚Â Obama’s campaign ad “Dinner With Barack”, note the lamp in the background.
Screenshot of Obama’s Weekly Address: Stopping Oil Market Fraud, Beginning a Clean Energy Future April 23, 2011.
Screenshot of Obama’s Weekly Address: Partnering with the Private Sector to Spur Hiring June 11, 201.
Look the lamp is in this one too!
Screenshot of Obama’s Weekly Address: Winning the Future through American Innovation February 05, 2011.
Whoops there is that pesky lamp again!
I know looks can be deceiving but it appears that Obama is caught red handed on this.
So now the burning question is; is anyone going to hold him to the mat for this infraction???
The White House contends that the video is legal, noting that the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a memo in 1979 explaining that the president can solicit funds in the White House, so long as he does so in the residential portion of the mansion, not in a room used for official business.
However, Hans von Spakovsky – former member of the Federal Election Commission and a Heritage Foundation legal analyst – told CNSNews.com that that exemption may not apply in this case because it appears that the video was not filmed in an area where the president actually lives.
“What they [OLC] said the grey area was, was other rooms that are used not just for official duties but perhaps were also used for entertaining,” he explained. “The Map Room, as I understand it, is only used for official duties – it’s not an entertainment room like other rooms in the White House [that] could be characterized other than the personal residence.”
However, the Map Room is located on the ground floor of the mansion while the first family resides on the second floor. According to the White House, the Map Room is used for meetings by the president and first lady.
Von Spakovsky further said that, at best, Obama was “bending, if not breaking the law” in making the video in the White House.
Cleta Mitchell [member of the American Bar Association’s election law committee] was more blunt, saying, “it’s a criminal offense.”
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