NYT: I.R.S. Moves to Tax Gifts to Groups Active in Politics

May 12, 2011- Big donors like David H. Koch and George Soros could owe taxes on their millions of dollars in contributions to nonprofit advocacy groups that are playing an increasing role in American politics.

Invoking a provision that had rarely, if ever, been enforced, the Internal Revenue Service said it had sent letters to five donors, who were not identified, informing them that their contributions may be subject to gift taxes depending on whether the donations exceeded limits under the tax laws.

These advocacy groups have been drawing more scrutiny, from President Obama as well as others, as they have proliferated and funneled vast sums of money in support of campaigns and causes, without having to publicly disclose their donors.

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CREW Sends Letter to President Obama Supporting Executive Order Requiring Transparancy of Campaign Finance

If you've been following the news, you've probably heard about the President's executive order drafted April 13, which would require full disclosure of campaign donations made by business entities seeking government contracts. Needless to say the Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove have their panties in a bunch over this. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) -with the support of over 30 other progressive organizations- has sent a letter to President Obama endorsing the executive order.

SEE THE LETTER HERE:

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Brad Blog: Clay County, KY Election Officials Sentenced to 156 Years in Election Rigging Case

ALSO: Voting Machines Impounded in Perry County, KY

May 9, 2011- It is now officially impossible to know whether thousands of paper ballots being counted in the state of Wisconsin's Supreme Court election "recount" are the same ones actually cast on Election Day. It didn't have to be that way, unlike in Kentucky, where the voters never had a chance, and where high-ranking election officials have now been sentenced to more than 150 years in federal jail following "decades" of manipulated elections.

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Little Green Footballs: League of Women Voters forced to stop voter registration in Florida

May 9, 2011- One of the oldest and most respected third party voter registration groups in the country just announced they will cease voter registration Florida after the passage last week of a bill that will attach significant civil penalties to voter registration groups (like the NAACP, the Boy Scouts and other civic groups) in the name of combating "fraud". It will now be difficult to change your registration if you move to another county in Florida and nobody will be going to help college students or minorities register.

“Despite the fact that the League of Women Voters is one of the nation’s most respected civic organizations, with a 91-year history of registering and educating voters, we will be unable to comply with the egregious provisions contained in HB 1355,” said LWV President Deirdre Macnab, of Orange County.

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Alternet: Unlimited Secret Money Is Drowning Democratic Elections

Corporate interests are flouting election law by using anonymous donations, which are drowning out the voices and votes of working Americans.

May 6, 2011- The 2012 presidential election year promises to be the most expensive ever and unless the Department of Justice does its job, it also promises to be have the most anonymous campaign donations in U.S. history. Unknown corporate interests will fund massive advertising campaigns against and for candidates but the voters will not know who they are or their real agenda. The Obama administration can prevent this further corruption of U.S. democracy by enforcing existing laws.

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NYT: Big G.O.P. Donors Adopt Wait-and-See 2012 Tack

May 7, 2011- The vaunted Republican network of high-dollar donors and fund-raisers, for so long a fear factor for Democrats, has been slow to commit itself to the 2012 presidential candidates, contributing to the faltering start of the party’s drive to unseat President Obama.

So far, only former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts has assembled a strong bench of the top Republican financiers. Scores of other fund-raisers remain unaligned, waiting with their money — and contact lists — in their pockets as prospective candidates bombard them with phone calls, e-mails and in-person visits around the nation.

“It’s not at the top of the agenda for most folks right now,” said Brian Ballard, the Florida finance chairman for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, who has heard from all of the potential hopefuls this year but, like many of his associates, has yet to choose a 2012 candidate.

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POE Press Release: Nonpartisan Group Offers $25,000 Reward For Evidence of Tampering in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Election

Nonpartisan Advocacy Group Offers $25,000 Reward For Evidence of Tampering in Wisconsin's Supreme Court Election

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — ProtectOurElections.org today offered a $25,000 reward for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons for election tampering, resulting in reversal of the current outcome of the April 5, 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election in which David Prosser is said to lead JoAnne Kloppenburg by more than 7,000 votes." A reward poster is located at http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/SC-Reward.pdf.

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Open Secrets: Citizens United Decision Profoundly Affects Political Landscape

May 5, 2011- Unprecedented political spending. Secret donors. New ways for unions and corporations to spend money on politics.

An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics reveals that the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court ruling of January 2010 has profoundly affected the nation's political landscape.

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