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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:01 PM

Americans for Responsible Leadership Admits Campaign Money Laundering, Discloses $11 Million Donor

Source: California Fair Political Practices Commission

Sacramento - Americans for Responsible Leadership, the Arizona non-profit corporation that made an anonymous $11 million donation to a California campaign committee, today sent a letter declaring itself to be the intermediary and not the true source of the contribution. It identified the true source of the contribution as Americans for Job Security, through a second intermediary, The Center to Protect Patient Rights. Under California law, the failure to disclose this initially was campaign money laundering. At $11 million, this is the largest contribution ever disclosed as campaign money laundering in California history.

"The persistence and hard work of the FPPC has won a significant and lasting victory for transparency in the political process," said Ann Ravel, Chair of the FPPC. "We will continue in this matter and all others to ensure that the people of California know who is funding political activity in this State."

California's Political Reform Act requires disclosure to the people of California of the true source of campaign donations. This information is required in most cases before the election, when it matters. The Act requires those who serve as intermediaries, or middlemen, for contributions to disclose their true source to the recipient of the contribution.

"This case also demonstrates the need for reform to make sure true donors are disclosed and can't hide behind innocuous committee names," said Ravel. "The people of California deserve better."

Read more: http://www.fppc.ca.gov/press_release.php?pr_id=766



Source: San Jose Mercury News

A group tied to David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who have played an outsize role in spreading anonymous political cash around the country, was behind the shadowy Arizona group's $11 million donation to a California business group.

... Ravel named the Center to Protect Patient Rights, an offshoot of the Koch brothers' Americans For Prosperity, as the group that made the donation.

... The Arizona group is a 501(c)4 nonprofit advocacy organization, which under IRS rules does not have to reveal donors' names. These groups have become prominent in this election cycle as hundreds of millions of dollars in political cash was unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision to allow unlimited corporate spending in campaigns.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/elections/ci_21932215/fppc-releases-names-donors-who-made-secret-11

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Reply Americans for Responsible Leadership Admits Campaign Money Laundering, Discloses $11 Million Donor (Original post)
Newsjock Nov 2012 OP
flamingdem Nov 2012 #1
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #2
byeya Nov 2012 #15
mountain grammy Nov 2012 #24
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #25
mountain grammy Nov 2012 #29
Paulie Nov 2012 #3
summerschild Nov 2012 #13
starroute Nov 2012 #16
highplainsdem Nov 2012 #4
BlueToTheBone Nov 2012 #5
FiveGoodMen Nov 2012 #17
Dem2TheCore Nov 2012 #6
ProfessionalLeftist Nov 2012 #7
olddad56 Nov 2012 #9
freshwest Nov 2012 #10
KamaAina Nov 2012 #8
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #18
Dustlawyer Nov 2012 #11
SoapBox Nov 2012 #12
newspeak Nov 2012 #14
valerief Nov 2012 #19
JanT Nov 2012 #20
yardwork Nov 2012 #21
triplepoint Nov 2012 #22
ldf Nov 2012 #26
triplepoint Nov 2012 #28
quakerboy Nov 2012 #23
maq-az Nov 2012 #27

Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:04 PM

1. The Center to Protect Patient Rights means

Insurance companies??

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:08 PM

2. Prison is the only way they will learn

or a lash for every dollar ....... their choice for that is only fair

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:33 PM

15. Prison, an exemplary sentence(s) is what's needed. That is the only thing these thugs

 

fear and that's what needed.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 03:03 PM

24. Prison? You must be kidding!

Prison is for the 47% who can't buy their way out, or buy anything for that matter. Laws don't apply to the rich.. and that includes ALL laws! Corruption is king, and now with people waiting for hours just to vote, we are officially a third world country.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #24)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 05:27 PM

25. I think it is time we stop being so selfish

and share our prisons with them

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:54 PM

29. I couldn't agree more.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:09 PM

3. May 18th article from open secrets on this group

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Response to Paulie (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:52 PM

13. Good article. It also includes a list of groups funded and amounts - including Grover Nordquist's

taxpayer crap orgnization.

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Response to summerschild (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:36 PM

16. Norquist has been doing political money-laundering since the 1990s

He did it for the Republican Party. He was one of Jack Abramoff's go-to guys. He served as a bundler to channel donations to states where they would not have otherwise been legal.

Norquist is the poster boy for GOP money-laundering.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:11 PM

4. Americans for Job Security is headed by former director of NH GOP. Bloomberg article

on this Republican-leaning group that does not disclose its donors:

http://go.bloomberg.com/political-capital/2012-09-28/business-group-runs-literally-8-million-in-ads/

Americans for Job Security, a Republican-leaning business group, is behind the $8 million ad buy on air in swing states including Ohio. The group does not disclose its donors. Its president, Stephen DeMaura, is a former executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party.

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The Crossroads groups share something else with Americans for Job Security — a media buyer.

Americans for Job Security paid $8,165,368 to Crossroads Media LLC to purchase the airtime from television stations, Federal Election Commission records show. And the business group paid McCarthy Hennings Media Inc. $63,171 to produce its ads. Another McCarthy client? Restore Our Future, a super-PAC run by former Romney aides.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:12 PM

5. When do we get to put them in prison

for all the crap?

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:45 PM

17. Only after we elect people who will charge them and follow through on it

Right now, we're just trying to avoid falling further down the right wing hole, but the last couple of times we "won" elections we got impeachment-off-the-table, the triumph of the Nuremberg defense, and looking forward.

No one tried to hold anyone accountable.

No one even talked favorably about the idea.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:13 PM

6. Federal prison, no parole!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:14 PM

7. Proper headline: "Koch-Bros-connected group found guilty of money-laundering" n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:17 PM

9. or "Koch-Bros-connected GANG found guilty of money-laundering" n/t

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:22 PM

10. +1. First down. That kidnapping story isn't in the news... Yet.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:16 PM

8. I'm shocked!

Shocked to find out that money laundering is going on in this establishment!

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:56 PM

18. +1 nt

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:35 PM

11. That's all good but it will require persistence. Tom Delay is still out of prison while his case is

appealed!

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:39 PM

12. Not even a surprise...we said KKKoch's or TurdBlossom Rove.

nope. not surprised at all.

They need to serve some prison time, for what they are doing to America and Americans.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:23 PM

14. speaking of "newspeak"

i love these titles "americans for responsible leadership" "citizens for prosperity." gee, they must mean the same kind of fekkin leadership they provided under little boots. and prosperity must mean for those who have already have prospered while dumping on the majority of americans.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 02:07 PM

19. I'm sure someone will get a strongly worded letter.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 02:31 PM

20. prison won't stop these people -

you have to hit their pocketbook. That is the only thing that would affect this activity. I think all money found to be sent through these groups (laundered), needs to be confiscated (or enormous fines) and used to combat citizens united and the whole "purchasing of candidates" political landscape. This country is being taken hostage by these special interest groups. Until their pocket books are hit, nothing will change. It will eventually be the people who stand up and say NO MORE.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 02:34 PM

21. So who is going to jail? Money laundering is organized crime.

Koch brothers being arrested? Going to jail? When are we going to stand up for justice?

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 02:42 PM

22. I'm Sure the Kochsucker Brothers Will Not See Prison

 

Except on a television show. The self-proclaimed, "ruling elite" are different. They live by different rules. They do know though that they're mortal just like the rest of us. Remember that scene in "2012" when the Russian mobster saved his kids and "went over the edge" to his death anyway? Superhuman greed doesn't grant you immortality.



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“Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different. ”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Response to triplepoint (Reply #22)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:57 PM

26. i tire of your kochsucker crap

grow up.

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Response to ldf (Reply #26)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:48 PM

28. ANOTHER TROLL GETS PUT on IGNORE! : )

 

Enjoy your banishment! It is not reversible.

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 02:55 PM

23. Ok.. Now that's out, now what?

Is there a fine? Do they just move on like having it be public record is all that's necessary? What happens next?

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Response to Newsjock (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:43 PM

27. No Bulling ALEC

another dark money group advertising in AZ. American Commitment also has a petition to quit Bulling ALEC, really!

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