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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:14 AM

Dems Have Passed HR 1 — And It Could Make Life A Lot Harder For AOC

The Daily Caller
Eric Wang | Institute for Free Speech
12:00 PM 03/08/2019

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Democrats in the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 on a party-line vote on Friday morning. Their signature legislation purports to “shine a light on dark money in politics” and to “enhance [the] enforcement mechanisms” of the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Ironically, campaign finance controversies surrounding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic freshmen class superstar, illustrate the bill’s severe flaws.

First, there is H.R. 1’s “DISCLOSE Act” provision, which would force civic groups to file burdensome and often duplicative reports with the FEC for issuing public communications that purportedly “promote,” “attack,” “support,” or “oppose” candidates or elected officials. Public campaigns opposing Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” or Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” likely would trigger reporting.

The FEC reports would have to publicly identify groups’ donors, including their names and addresses. The effect, if not the intent, of this infringement on donor privacy will be to deter financial support to groups that dare to speak on such issues.

Doxxing” — posting individuals’ personal information online in retaliation against their political activities — has become increasingly common in today’s polarized society. The aim is to encourage harassment and threats against the victims. H.R. 1 amounts to government facilitation of doxxing against private citizens exercising their core First Amendment rights.

H.R. 1 justifies this invasion of privacy in the name of countering so-called “dark money” — that is, independent groups speaking about government that are not required to publicly identify their donors. Which brings us to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign finance issues. During a committee hearing on H.R. 1, Ocasio-Cortez curiously referred to “my special interest dark money-funded campaign.”

At the time, this appeared to be a hypothetical but ignorant argument for H.R. 1’s disclosure requirements. In hindsight, it may have been a Freudian slip.

Politicians like Ocasio-Cortez have been prohibited from running “dark money-funded campaigns” for the past 40-plus years. They must disclose all of their spending and contributions. Private organizations are not required to do so. This distinction exists because elected officials and candidates wield (or have the potential to wield) the enormous powers of government. Private organizations, no matter how powerful, merely have the power to petition and persuade government. Therefore, politicians must disclose their campaign finances to help deter and monitor against quid pro quo transactions. In short, disclosure requirements apply to politicians — not, as H.R. 1 would have it, to the people.

But it has come to light recently that Ocasio-Cortez and a top campaign aide (now her chief of staff) controlled the Justice Democrats PAC during her campaign that separately raised millions of dollars. Only about 2.5 percent of that money was reported as having been spent on direct support for candidates. Much of that money went to a consulting firm the campaign aide owned and ran. An FEC complaint has been filed alleging the firm impermissibly obscured much of the PAC’s spending. Perhaps Ocasio-Cortez’s “dark-money funded campaign” wasn’t hypothetical after all.

Another FEC complaint alleges the consulting firm was used to pay Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend in violation of rules against “personal use” of campaign funds. Other questions have been raised over whether Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign aide’s control over the Justice Democrats PAC was illegal in and of itself, and which could prompt yet a third FEC complaint.

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:46 AM

The problem is the dems will continue to use "dark Money" and will be forgiven or a blind eye turned. It is the Republicans any other party will be forced to toe the line. They will be accused and investigated even with no proof. this will be so the dems can win as many elections as they can steal.
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:59 AM

Won't pass the Senate. . .
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 08:30 AM

View Postmjperry51, on 09 March 2019 - 07:59 AM, said:

Won't pass the Senate. . .


You sure? there are 4-5 reliable Democrats among the elephant.
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 08:49 AM

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“Doxxing” — posting individuals’ personal information online in retaliation against their political activities — has become increasingly common in today’s polarized society. The aim is to encourage harassment and threats against the victims. H.R. 1 amounts to government facilitation of doxxing against private citizens exercising their core First Amendment rights.


This one really surprises me. The Dem's love to "doxx" people.
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 08:50 AM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 09 March 2019 - 08:30 AM, said:

You sure? there are 4-5 reliable Democrats among the elephant.

Pretty sure -- this isn't an assault which will motivate the NeverTrump crowd. You had people like Mike Lee voting to pass the bill against the National Emergency declaration. Don'r think he will support this. . .

And even if it does I don't believe there is a 2/3 majority that would override a veto if Trump were to veto it. . .
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 09:56 AM

View Posterp, on 09 March 2019 - 08:49 AM, said:

This one really surprises me. The Dem's love to "doxx" people.

:exactly:

Their "resist!" movement loves to doxx conservatives, even their kids. There isn't any dirty trick that they will not pull to harass and ruin conservatives.

I'd love to see it all be turned right back on them except for the kids of course.
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