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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:08 PM

Groups urge probe of $12 million mystery donation

Source: Associated Press

Groups urge probe of 12 million mystery donation

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
Updated 3:01 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) Two election watchdog organizations on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission to investigate more than $12 million in campaign contributions that were mysteriously funneled through two little-known companies in Tennessee to a prominent tea party group. The origin of the money, the largest anonymous political donations in a campaign year filled with them, remains a secret.

The watchdog groups said routing the $12 million through the Tennessee companies appeared to violate a U.S. law prohibiting the practice of laundering campaign contributions in the name of another person. They also said the lawyer in Tennessee who registered the companies, William S. Rose Jr. of Knoxville, may have violated three other laws by failing to organize each company as a political committee, register them as political committees and file financial statements for them with the government.

Rose did not return a telephone message, text message and email from The Associated Press and could not otherwise be reached immediately for comment. He previously told AP that his business was a "family secret" and he was not obligated to disclose the origin of the $12 million routed through Specialty Investments Group Inc. and Kingston Pike Development Corp. Business records indicate that Rose registered Kingston Pike one day after he created Specialty Group, in the final weeks before Election Day. Rose previously complained that phone calls and emails from reporters were irritating.

The watchdog organizations, the Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21, said a criminal investigation by the Justice Department was necessary "because the integrity of U.S. elections depends on the effective enforcement of the nation's campaign finance laws." They noted that, although the FEC traditionally enforces campaign finance laws and imposes civil fines for violations, the Justice Department can conduct criminal investigations of "knowing and willful" violations under the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act. Violations could carry up to five years in prison. The groups separately urged the FEC to investigate.

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Eugene Dec 2012 OP
Fridays Child Dec 2012 #1
upaloopa Dec 2012 #3
riverbendviewgal Dec 2012 #4
jberryhill Dec 2012 #2

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:11 PM

1. k/r

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Response to Fridays Child (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:25 PM

3. Well who on earth would give $12 million to

the tea party? Make a list of them. What did the the tea party spend money on?
Answer?
True The Vote
Repubs had no real programs or policies.
They felt for sure that lies in ads and from candidates along with voter suppression and hacking voting machines would give them a win. They didn't give a shit about polls. They were cock sure they could steal the election. That 12 million was most likely part of that plan. Why did Rove know for sure they would win Ohio?
Money spent.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:34 PM

4. people and corporations, drug cartels, terrorist groups

The gun industry, the oil, gas and coal industry, walmart, adelson....banks, wall street CEOs.,, Pharmaceuticals, military industrial contractors like Blackwater and whatever they are called....Rouge governments of foreign countries.

Cayman island and Swiss banks...

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 07:15 PM

2. It was just some change that was found in the sofa cushions


No big deal.

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