s skippy the bush kangaroo: suddenly the gop isn't listening to our vets

skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

suddenly the gop isn't listening to our vets

even america's veterans think foreign money in us campaigns is a bad idea:
on monday, the veterans' alliance for security and democracy (vetpac) filed an fec complaint against the u.s. chamber of commerce to the fec, alleging that the organization's potential use of foreign funds for political purposes represents a "clear and present danger to our democracy." from the letter to the fec, obtained by the huffington post:

we understand that organizations may have "a reasonable accounting method" to separate funds into their general operations budget. however, the prohibition on foreign nationals indirectly contributing to u.s. elections should require additional scrutiny in the case of organizations such as the u.s. chamber of commerce, where even segregated funds within their general operating budget could be said to indirectly finance their campaign work, given the volume of such activity as a percentage of their overall expenditures. [...]

given the unseemly amounts of funds being poured into campaigns, we ask that you move expeditiously to require full disclosure of the funding sources of the u.s. chamer of commerce. their actions present a clear and present danger to our democracy by shielding the electorate from the identities of foreign influences that are lurking behind the u.s. chamber of commerce's massive campaign spending.

"our military veterans, who served to protect the constitution of the united states, are concerned that foreign money could be used to influence our policies and buy seats in the house and senate," said lorin walker, vetpac vice president and treasurer. "the chamber's actions compromise the very rights for which our military men and women put their lives on the line.
posted by skippy at 7:00 AM |


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commented by Blogger spark, 10:12 PM PDT  
Of course, your basic assumption is that the modern GOP has ever listened to vets. That's at least debatable, unlike the assumption that the modern GOP actually gives a flying crap about the vets beyond needing them for photo-ops. Given the actual policies and activities of the modern GOP, that's obviously, even ludicrously false.
commented by OpenID cityspiders, 9:23 AM PDT  

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