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UrbScotty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:15 PM
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Democratic National Committee: No corporate cash for convention
Source: Politico

For the first time ever, the Democratic National Convention will not accept donations from corporations, PACs or federal lobbyists in 2012.

Individual contributions also will be capped another first at $100,000, according to the contract governing the convention.

Democrats say the policy is in keeping with the fundraising focus that powered President Barack Obamas 2008 campaign.

From the very beginning, President Obama has placed a high priority on increasing the influence of grassroots and individual donors, and this convention will go further in that direction than any convention ever, Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse said

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/48891.html#ix...



It's a good start. What we really need is for EVERY elected official and candidate who calls themself a Democrat to reject corporate money as well.

Oh, and publicly funded campaigns.
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:21 PM
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1. Well, since corporate cash already destroyed healthcare reform...
...I guess the least our party could do is say they didn't want any to fund the convention.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:24 PM
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3. 1
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Politicub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 06:03 PM
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9. That's patently not true. The insurance companies opposed HCR
They're lucky they didn't get put out of business (yet).
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 06:07 PM
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10. Take a closer look at the bill Obama signed
The health insurance companies love it because now we'll be forced to buy their products no matter how shitty they are.

The only thing the object to are the minimal controls placed on their ability to raise rates and deny coverage - and they're already figuring out ways to beat the system.
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:23 PM
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2. Well, at least they're not taking union money after screwing them over by picking Charlotte.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:28 PM
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4. Proud of that! K & R
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:32 PM
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5. Smells like Denmark. nm
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Traveling_Home Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:33 PM
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6. How about no super delegates nt
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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:45 PM
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7. that means even more in the candidate's coffers
While they *claim* to be doing something about corporate-funded elections. Three card monti baby!
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PoliticAverse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 05:52 PM
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8. I'm skeptical. n/t
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DissedByBush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 06:16 PM
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11. Where's the loophole?
There has to be one in there.

There's no way they're shutting out the corporate masters.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 09:05 PM
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22. Here.
Gone will be contributions such as the $1.7 million Cisco Systems gave the party's 2008 convention in Denver.

Corporations will still be able to give so-called in-kind contributions such as communications equipment, office space and technology. It also appears they can donate cash beyond the $37 million threshold.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/04/2051460/dnc-wont-...
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 07:47 PM
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12. Oh, well, that makes it all better
And who exactly is this supposed to fool?
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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:49 PM
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13. Dems to shun corporate, PAC money at convention
Source: Washington Post

Dems to shun corporate, PAC money at convention

The Associated Press
Friday, February 4, 2011; 6:06 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee plans to pay for its 2012 convention nominating President Barack Obama without donations from political action committees or corporations, a change from past gatherings.

The DNC said Friday that the convention would be the first financed by grass-roots activists and rank-and-file party members. DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse says the funding for the Charlotte, N.C., event would underscore the theme of the "People's Convention."

In addition to banning all cash from registered lobbyists, the DNC also plans to ban donations of more than $100,000.

Since taking over the DNC, Obama's team has refused donations from lobbyists or political action committees. The party's central committee ended the year with almost $16 million in loans and debt, and $6 million in the bank.


Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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RandySF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:49 PM
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14. I'll believe it when I see it
Sorry, but money is something both parties are addicted to.
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Toon Me Out Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:49 PM
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15. it's a great theory
but we all BROKE.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:49 PM
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16. The Disney version
Meanwhile, back in Washington....
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:49 PM
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17. At least they won't take union money while whooping it up in the least unionized state.
For that I can be grateful, I guess.
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Robb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:54 PM
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20. You know that's what the Teamsters said about CO in '08 and MA in '04 too, right?
It's part of the game. Labor stories, front and center, for 12 months. I love every minute.

Historically, Democratic conventions leave areas more labor-friendly than they found them. Ask the Boston Police how they liked their new contract and pay raise. :D
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:49 PM
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18. Ssssuuuurrrrrree ^-^ I shun you! Now meet me out behind the arena.
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unkachuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 09:01 PM
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21. "The party's central committee..."
....I didn't know we had a Central Committee....do we have a Politburo too?....the DLC?

....so, they're planning on balancing their rubber-stamping conventions' budget on the backs of the grassroots and the Party faithful....corporate America should really pick up the tab for this since their man has no challenger....

....but I'm sure that will just leave more corporate money for those much-needed corporate galla balls and hotel hooker parties....we wouldn't want anything to interfere with those galla balls....
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-11 11:26 AM
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27. now they just need the actions to match, like not hiring any more Wall St. sociopaths
& lobbyists to run our economic policy.
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Earth_First Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 08:54 PM
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19. The irony of the situation is that it will be held at the "Time Warner Cable Arena"
:rofl:
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 09:17 PM
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23. Who was that guy who rejected public campaign funding?
On the tip of my tongue...
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Safetykitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-04-11 09:20 PM
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24. Wow, starting early with the promises. Impressive.
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lildreamer316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-11 12:26 AM
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25. There's possibly a second reason for this: Charlotte.
Since Charlotte is the HOME of BOA, maybe they want to make sure they are distancing themselves?
Just a thought.
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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-11 09:59 AM
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26. Methinks it's also the home of Wachovia Bank. . .
as well as several others.
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