Politico: Dems launch super PAC aimed at House races

April 13, 2011- Democrats are launching a new outside group designed to combat the independent conservative organizations that pumped tens of millions of dollars into the 2010 election and helped to sweep House Republicans into the majority.

House Majority PAC will focus exclusively on House races and will be headed by Ali Lapp, who served as campaign director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 election cycle under then-Chairman Rahm Emanuel.

“The House Majority PAC is committed to building a long-term organization that can take on the Republican outside groups in the battle for the House Majority,” Lapp said in a statement. “Our objective is to help the Democrats win back the House.”

The group will operate as a “super PAC” — which means the group must disclose its donors, under Federal Election Commission rules, but can accept unlimited contributions.

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NGOs Call Upon JoAnne Kloppenburg to Petition Court for Hand Recount of All Votes Cast in the April 5 Wisconsin Supreme Court El

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NGOs VelvetRevolution.us  and ProtectOurElections.org, whose work in the field of election integrity is national in scope, today called upon Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg to petition the state court to have the entire Supreme Court election in which she was a candidate publicly hand-counted.

Citing publicized problems with the reported results in Waukesha County — where County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus revealed she had omitted vote counts from the City of Brookfield in unofficial election night countywide totals — along with a history of inaccurate vote tabulation by electronic voting machines elsewhere in the nation, the groups assert that "There is currently no basis for public confidence in the election results."

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Citizen Vox: Public financing of elections: an idea whose time has come

April 6, 2011- Talk about an idea whose time has come.

Today, the Fair Elections Now Act is being re-introduced. Actor Alec Baldwin, who was present at the bill’s introduction, told CNN it was a critical step toward “reducing the influence of corporate lobbyists and special interest money.”

Alec is right. The bill would help candidates remain free from corporate interests by providing public money for their campaigns if they raise a certain amount of small-dollar contributions from voters.

The grip that corporations have over our elections and our lawmakers is unprecedented, thanks in no small part to the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That’s the decision that gave corporations the green light to spend as much money as they want on elections.

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Huffington Post: How ‘Independent Expenditures’ Are Remaking Elections

April 11, 2011- The 2010 midterm elections were the first of a new era, one in which campaign finance rules no longer limit the amount of money special interests can raise and spend on political advertising.

In the wake of the Supreme Court's dramatic Citizens United ruling in January 2010, much of the initial attention was focused on the possibility that corporations — suddenly freed from key restrictions — would start to spend enormous amounts of money directly from their treasuries on political advertising.

But that didn't happen. Ahead of last November's election, only three companies spent a total of $54,500 that way, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).

Instead, it turns out the big money is flowing into third-party organizations first.

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Move To Amend: Madison and Dane County WI Voters Support Constitutional Amendment

April 6, 2011- Last night voters in Madison, WI and Dane County, WI voted on two seperate resolutions to support a United States Constitutional Amendment that would declare that only human beings are entitled to Constitutional rights.

In Madison, WI voters approved the following language by 84%:

"Shall the City of Madison adopt the following resolution: RESOLVED, the City of Madison, Wisconsin, calls for reclaiming democracy from the corrupting effects of undue corporate influence by amending the United States Constitution to establish that:

1. Only human beings, not corporations, are entitled to constitutional rights, and

2. Money is not speech, and therefore regulating political contributions and spending is not equivalent to limiting political speech."

Dane County voters (the county in which Madison is located) voted to approve the following language by 78%:

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Buzzflash: Is the Shadowy World of ALEC and the Koch Brothers Leading the GOP’s Charge to Suppress the Youth Vote?

April 4, 2011- BuzzFlash at Truthout suggests you read the well-received first column on ALEC, "Smart ALEC: Dragging the Secretive Conservative Organization Out of the Shadows."

Nearly forty years after a constitutional amendment conferring voting rights on eighteen year-olds was passed into law, and signed by President Richard Nixon, the American Legislative Exchange Council is doing all it can to make it difficult for young people to vote.

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Milwaukee Labor Press: Imagine what 7,500 surprise votes should tell us

April 8, 2011- On Thursday, April 7, in the required statewide canvas of election results, the Milwaukee County election clerk reported 7,500 more votes discovered in West Allis for JoAnne Kloppenburg, giving her an insurmountable lead in the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court. That raised West Allis turnout of eligible voters to a believable 39% and will force her opponent, incumbent David Prosser, to have to pay $5 a ward if he wants to challenge her victory, since the new margin puts her safely above the half of 1% threshold where the government pays for the recount.

This is shocking news, and I made it up.

I made it up after a night of talking to law enforcement leaders and public officials about the dumfounding and frankly unbelievable discovery of 7,500 more votes for Prosser in GOP stranglehold Waukesha County. It was those I interviewed who offered my “what if” news story as an alternative.

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Biz Times Daily: State Government Accountability Board to inspect Waukesha votes

April 8, 2011- Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB), announced today he is dispatching staff to inspect and review the election night procedures in Waukesha County, where the outcome of the Supreme Court race is likely to be determined.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced Thursday that she discovered more than 14,000 votes from the City of Brookfield had not been counted in her original tally of Tuesday’s election.

The votes gave Justice David Prosser the lead over challenger Joanne Kloppenberg in the closely contested race , as other counties in Wisconsin continued to canvass their vote totals today.

Nickolaus, who had been previously criticized by a Waukesha County audit that found she stored key electoral documents, including vote totals, on her personal computer, said the Brookfield votes were not counted because of “human error.”

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ProtectOurElections.org Calls for DoJ Investigation into Vote Count Irregularities in Waukesha County, WI

For Immediate Release:

ProtectOurElections.org Calls for Department of Justice Investigation into Vote Count Irregularities in Waukesha County, Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In a stunning development Thursday, 14,315 votes in Tuesday's election for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice were added to the vote total for Waukesha County, the largest Republican-dominated county in Wisconsin, netting 7,582 additional votes for incumbent Justice David Prosser. The additional votes give Prosser the victory in the heated race for the high court. As of Tuesday, challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg had been ahead in the race, according to totals compiled by the Associated Press. These new votes will reverse the election result and add new financial burdens for any recount. ProtectOurElections.org now calls for an immediate Department of Justice investigation and impoundment of all voting machines, computer equipment, ballots, memory cards and other evidence in order to verify a fair vote count in Waukesha County. This investigation must include a review of all communications including emails and telephone records between Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, others in the Waukesha clerk's office, and all outside persons and interested parties to the election dispute.

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