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https://plus.google.com/111113655813094027278 Bruce R Haskin : I think it's way beyond the time to act to restore self-government. How is good for the federal government...
I think it's way beyond the time to act to restore self-government. How is good for the federal government to overturn the acts of a state. The US Constitution puts limits on the power of central government. These limits have been obscured to an extent that the rights of the states and their citizens have been serious infringed. The power to stop the abuses and the tyranny of the federal government are described by the X Amendment of the Constitution.
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https://plus.google.com/107214774821012948529 ARCHANGELUS LIGHT WORKERS : In order to torture me, and incarceration excuse Australian securities and corrupt judge attempt to ...
In order to torture me, and incarceration excuse Australian securities and corrupt judge attempt to overturn acquiitted case 'endangering life of swat team member' against me where they deliberately shot AND MAIMED me, at point blanc range WITH A RIOT GUN INTO MY RIGHT BICEP KNOWING I AM RIGHT HANDED, and had just come out of intensive care that morning.
I now have partial brain damage and loss of partial use of right arm because THE GOVERNMENT MAIMED ME DELIBERATELY. I USED TO BE A LINGERIE MODEL.
NOW THEY ARE THREATENING WITH MORE INJURY/ MAIM./ DEATH FOR MY POLITICAL ACTIVISM, INCLUDING MY FUTURE BOOK OPERATION ARCHANGEL AND MY EXPOSURE OF CORRUPT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS and *FOR BEING CHRISTIAN*

RESHARE IF YOU BELIEVE IN LIBERTY FREEDOM AND JUSTICE

MY LIFE AND FREEDOM DEPEND ON IT...

*ARCHANGELUS LIGHT LEGION*
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https://plus.google.com/105760033872277389985 TrueTV : Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Dev Sachin Tendulkar  has urged India to...
Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Dev
Sachin Tendulkar  has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi. After meeting sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi on Wednesday, the cricket legend said the country should back Sarita in her quest to overturn a ban from the Amateur Internatio...
Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Dev

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https://plus.google.com/102903740684405944454 Cesare Beccaria : A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she...
A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she ruled the Federal Election Committee was too loosely enforcing a campaign finance regulation passed in 2007, allowing some big-money donors to remain anonymous.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act required the identification of contributors giving $1,000 or more to fund "issue ads" near Election Day. But since it was enacted, only a few of those contributors have been revealed, because the FEC ruled those disclosures weren't required for ads supporting specific candidates. The Los Angeles Times reported the details of the ruling:

"The decision concerns a type of issue ads that became ubiquitous in recent elections. Typically, the ads suggest that voters call a senator or congressman and give an opinion about something. When those ads mention a candidate and are run close to elections, they're known as 'electioneering' communications, and the amount of spending has to be reported."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with reform advocacy groups Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen and Democracy 21, sued the FEC in 2011 to overturn the 2007 regulation. The Associated Press reported that Democracy 21's president, Fred Werthiemer claimed the FEC allowed loopholes in the regulation to fund federal elections with "dark money."

Van Hollen called Judge Amy Berman Jackson's Tuesday decision "a victory for democracy." His partners in the lawsuit also hailed the ruling.

"We are seeing a full-throated endorsement of disclosure by the lower courts," said Tara Malloy with the Campaign Legal Center. "We are enjoying the victory, though I am sure the fight will continue."

Conservative groups that attempted to intervene in the case have voiced their disappointment. Thomas Kirby, an attorney who represents the Center for Individual Freedom, told The Washington Post that "the ruling created an upside-down world in which greater burdens are imposed on those who merely refer to a candidate than on those who expressly advocate election or defeat of a candidate."

In Tuesday's decision, Jackson ruled that the FEC "overstepped" when it wrote the 2007 regulation into the campaign finance laws. That regulation, among other cases, led to the victory of the 2010 Citizens United case in the Supreme Court, which allowed nonprofits to hide their funding sources.

That decision essentially deleted the restrictions of the McCain-Feingold Act. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that over $140 million of the so-called "dark money" was spent in the 2014 election. Bloomberg's Businessweek reports that tens of thousands of TV ads run this year by GOP fundraising operation Crossroad GPS, founded by former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove, "helped Republicans win control of the Senate."

Jackson's decision that the regulation was "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law" recalled an original report by the Sunlight Foundation in January. The report stated that Crossroads GPS violated election laws by failing to register itself as a political group instead of a nonprofit, social-welfare operation — a distinction that came with a huge impact.

"In recent years, the group Crossroads GPS has spent tens of millions on political ads fueled by anonymous donors. Registering as a political group would have forced the nonprofit to begin naming its big-time benefactors. Crossroads has also become a model for hundreds of other committees that during the last election cycle pumped more than $300 million into the campaign — an estimate that is undoubtedly low because of the lack of disclosure required of these organizations."
It was also noted in the judge's ruling that the FEC reported their findings in 2007 at 5:05 p.m. before a weekend — what's known in the news industry as a "Friday night news dump" because people are believed to be paying the least attention to the news during that portion of the week.

The FEC now has the option of either appealing Jackson's decision or change its regulations. The six members of the committee are evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats and likely will have a difficult time agreeing on a course of action.

FEC Chairman Lee Goodman told The Washington Post, "I've always said that I'm open to judicial guidance on this issue, and now we'll have to study the court's opinion to determine exactly what obligation the FEC has in response."
Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret
The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.
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https://plus.google.com/105473048300431526168 OLIVIER POINTEAU : Listen, if we really want to look at history, the Native / Aboriginal people were normal human beings...
Listen, if we really want to look at history, the Native / Aboriginal people were normal human beings compared to the Knights Templars such as Columbus, Jacques Cartier who literally invaded their territory and the Knights Templars were humanoids with no soul, we find them today in the high ranked Freemasons.  The Knights Templars brought with them greedy bastards who wanted to go along their program and of course a few decent white beings also came and those white decent human beings were just as decent as the Native / Aboriginal people living on this Continent and they usually went along just fine.  Not perfectly fine but just fine just as the Native Nations were (not perfectly fine but fine because they were human beings) before the literal invasion of their homeland and the few white decent human beings need to demonstrate their support to the Native / Aboriginal people because it would be fair that they should get their lands back, which would be the first step to overturn this terrible state of affairs on this Continent and even the United Nations want the Native ppl to get their lands back but the gov'ts drag their butts as usual because they are part of the greedy bastards who just care for $$$ and I might (just might unfortunately but I have solid reasons to believe it is a possibility) have a land and posted about this but this is another story, just mentioning that I'm willing to do my humble part to make this Continent better and I'm encouraging the land owners to put on their last will and testament the Native ppl who had first that piece of land and give it back to them so that would be a good start in the right direction instead of waiting for the inhuman and impersonal gov't machinery to do this and that when in fact, we know it is just words in order to lie and manipulate.
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https://plus.google.com/115476739299510886125 Sajithkumar Swaminathan : Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi. Sachin Tendulkar  has urged India...
Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi.
Sachin Tendulkar  has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi. After meeting sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi on Wednesday, the cricket legend said the country should back Sarita in her quest to overturn a ban from the Amateur Internatio...
Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi.
Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi. After meeting sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi on Wednesday, the cricket legend said the country should back Sarita in her quest to overturn a ...
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https://plus.google.com/115971804320832450185 baron eloagu : Mourinho in search of Sunderland revenge Jose Mourinho will attempt to overturn a landmark defeat when...
Mourinho in search of Sunderland revenge
Jose Mourinho will attempt to overturn a landmark defeat when Premier League leaders Chelsea visit Sunderland this weekend. The last time the two clubs met was in April when Gus Poyet's Sunderland's side – then rooted at the foot of the table – pulled off a...
Mourinho in search of Sunderland revenge

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https://plus.google.com/107407771051558124235 The Logical Indian : Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi. After meeting sports minister Sarbananda...
Sachin Tendulkar has urged India to back banned boxer Sarita Devi. After meeting sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi on Wednesday, the cricket legend said the country should back Sarita in her quest to overturn a ban from the Amateur International Boxing Association. Sarita was banned for refusing to accept her medal during the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

“As a fellow sportsperson, I can relate to the emotional turmoil which Ms. Devi must have undergone leading to the unfortunate outburst. Subsequently, she has regretted and deserves another chance to continue her pursuits. As you may be aware, she has already apologised for her unsportsmanlike behaviour. As a country, we should make every effort to ensure that Ms. Devi is pardoned and allowed to pursue her boxing skills at the highest level. Tendulkar requested Sonowal to consider forming a task force of senior officials from the Indian Olympic Association and the Boxing Federation and defend her case in front of the governing body, AIBA. With limited knowledge on the ongoing process, I would sincerely request to consider forming a task force of senior officials from the Indian Olympic Association, the Indian Boxing Federation backed with strong legal minds under your stewardship. The objective of this task force should be to deter any potential move by the Governing body to cause irreversible harm to Ms. Devi’s career by placing compelling arguments in her defence. This is critical as Ms. Devi belongs to a set of passionate sportspersons who have taken immense pride in representing the country and deserve all the support and backing from various stakeholders including Government of India,” he wrote.
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https://plus.google.com/106900397068807451528 Gourmedd : Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana http://buff.ly/1vDfJaQ...
Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana http://buff.ly/1vDfJaQ THIS IS JUST WHAT WE NEED!!!!
Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana
U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with ten bipartisan Congressional cosponsors introduced the “Veterans Equal Access Act” (VEAA) today, marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country’s veterans to become medical marijuana patients...
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https://plus.google.com/113217386371190648138 Vets For Meds : Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana http://buff.ly/1vDfL2B...
Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana http://buff.ly/1vDfL2B THIS IS JUST WHAT WE NEED!!!!
Bill Introduced To Overturn Ban On VA Physicians Recommending Medical Marijuana
U.S. House Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with ten bipartisan Congressional cosponsors introduced the “Veterans Equal Access Act” (VEAA) today, marking a concerted federal effort to allow our country’s veterans to become medical marijuana patients...
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https://plus.google.com/116077232826561214026 Hays Post : TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group seeking to force a vote on the purchase of a Topeka racing facility is appealing...
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group seeking to force a vote on the purchase of a Topeka racing facility is appealing a judge’s decision. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chris Imming initiated a petition drive. He wants to overturn the city governing…
Group tries again for vote on Heartland Park
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group seeking to force a vote on the purchase of a Topeka racing facility is appealing a judge's decision. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chris Imming initiated a pet...
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https://plus.google.com/110712720781774983882 Kansas News : Organizers to appeal Heartland Park petition ruling Petition organizer Chris Imming delivers petition...
Organizers to appeal Heartland Park petition ruling

Petition organizer Chris Imming delivers petition to City Clerk's office (Photo: Rocky Arnold – Kansas First News) Related Coverage Shawnee County court strikes down Heartland Park petition Manspeaker calls for action on Heartland Park petition TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A group seeking to force a vote on the purchase of a Topeka racing facility is appealing a judge’s decision. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/ TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A group seeking to force a vote on the purchase of a Topeka racing facility is appealing a judge’s decision. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/11y79MT ) reports that Chris Imming initiated a petition drive. He wants to overturn the city governing body’s vote to buy the financially troubled Heartland Park and expand its redevelopment district. Petition backers contend it’s not a financially good deal for the city. After more than enough signatures were gathered to force a vote, the city sued, contesting the petition’s validity. City officials have said buying Heartland Park would help address the need to cover bond debt on the property. Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks ruled the petition was invalid earlier this month. Imming then announced his intent to appeal Wednesday afternoon.11y79MT ) reports that Chris Imming initiated a [...]The post Organizers to appeal Heartland Park petition ruling appeared first on Kansas News.
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https://plus.google.com/114235910694148444855 Football/Soccer News : Netherlands Posted on November 28, 2014 by john FIFA Women’s World Cup Netherlands book maiden finals...
Netherlands
Posted on November 28, 2014 by john
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Netherlands book maiden finals ticket
Netherlands have reached their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup finals, after a Vivianne Miedema brace was enough to see off Italy 2-1 in their Canada 2015 play-off.
The Dutch struck twice before half-time to give themselves a strong grip on proceedings going into the final 45 minutes, but when Stephanie van der Gragt put through her own net eight minutes into the second period the hosts had a potential way back in Verona.
But needing a further two to overturn the Netherlands’ away goals advantage, the Italians proved unable to mount a serious threat, as the visitors became the final European side to be issued their ticket to next year’s tournament.
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https://plus.google.com/102586694235044381606 the sad red earth : Israeli Dismissed From U. Minn Post by BDSers Vows to Overturn Ruling. Algemeiner.com http://ow.ly/F0DBt...
Israeli Dismissed From U. Minn Post by BDSers Vows to Overturn Ruling. Algemeiner.com http://ow.ly/F0DBt #BDS #racsim #BDSracism
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https://plus.google.com/118403775361337641171 Luke Vaughan : A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she...
A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she ruled the Federal Election Committee was too loosely enforcing a campaign finance regulation passed in 2007, allowing some big-money donors to remain anonymous.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act required the identification of contributors giving $1,000 or more to fund "issue ads" near Election Day. But since it was enacted, only a few of those contributors have been revealed, because the FEC ruled those disclosures weren't required for ads supporting specific candidates. The Los Angeles Times reported the details of the ruling:

"The decision concerns a type of issue ads that became ubiquitous in recent elections. Typically, the ads suggest that voters call a senator or congressman and give an opinion about something. When those ads mention a candidate and are run close to elections, they're known as 'electioneering' communications, and the amount of spending has to be reported."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with reform advocacy groups Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen and Democracy 21, sued the FEC in 2011 to overturn the 2007 regulation. The Associated Press reported that Democracy 21's president, Fred Werthiemer claimed the FEC allowed loopholes in the regulation to fund federal elections with "dark money."

Van Hollen called Judge Amy Berman Jackson's Tuesday decision "a victory for democracy." His partners in the lawsuit also hailed the ruling.

"We are seeing a full-throated endorsement of disclosure by the lower courts," said Tara Malloy with the Campaign Legal Center. "We are enjoying the victory, though I am sure the fight will continue."

Conservative groups that attempted to intervene in the case have voiced their disappointment. Thomas Kirby, an attorney who represents the Center for Individual Freedom, told The Washington Post that "the ruling created an upside-down world in which greater burdens are imposed on those who merely refer to a candidate than on those who expressly advocate election or defeat of a candidate."

In Tuesday's decision, Jackson ruled that the FEC "overstepped" when it wrote the 2007 regulation into the campaign finance laws. That regulation, among other cases, led to the victory of the 2010 Citizens United case in the Supreme Court, which allowed nonprofits to hide their funding sources.

That decision essentially deleted the restrictions of the McCain-Feingold Act. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that over $140 million of the so-called "dark money" was spent in the 2014 election. Bloomberg's Businessweek reports that tens of thousands of TV ads run this year by GOP fundraising operation Crossroad GPS, founded by former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove, "helped Republicans win control of the Senate."

Jackson's decision that the regulation was "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law" recalled an original report by the Sunlight Foundation in January. The report stated that Crossroads GPS violated election laws by failing to register itself as a political group instead of a nonprofit, social-welfare operation — a distinction that came with a huge impact.

"In recent years, the group Crossroads GPS has spent tens of millions on political ads fueled by anonymous donors. Registering as a political group would have forced the nonprofit to begin naming its big-time benefactors. Crossroads has also become a model for hundreds of other committees that during the last election cycle pumped more than $300 million into the campaign — an estimate that is undoubtedly low because of the lack of disclosure required of these organizations."
It was also noted in the judge's ruling that the FEC reported their findings in 2007 at 5:05 p.m. before a weekend — what's known in the news industry as a "Friday night news dump" because people are believed to be paying the least attention to the news during that portion of the week.

The FEC now has the option of either appealing Jackson's decision or change its regulations. The six members of the committee are evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats and likely will have a difficult time agreeing on a course of action.

FEC Chairman Lee Goodman told The Washington Post, "I've always said that I'm open to judicial guidance on this issue, and now we'll have to study the court's opinion to determine exactly what obligation the FEC has in response."
Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret
The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.
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https://plus.google.com/118403775361337641171 Luke Vaughan : A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she...
A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she ruled the Federal Election Committee was too loosely enforcing a campaign finance regulation passed in 2007, allowing some big-money donors to remain anonymous.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act required the identification of contributors giving $1,000 or more to fund "issue ads" near Election Day. But since it was enacted, only a few of those contributors have been revealed, because the FEC ruled those disclosures weren't required for ads supporting specific candidates. The Los Angeles Times reported the details of the ruling:

"The decision concerns a type of issue ads that became ubiquitous in recent elections. Typically, the ads suggest that voters call a senator or congressman and give an opinion about something. When those ads mention a candidate and are run close to elections, they're known as 'electioneering' communications, and the amount of spending has to be reported."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with reform advocacy groups Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen and Democracy 21, sued the FEC in 2011 to overturn the 2007 regulation. The Associated Press reported that Democracy 21's president, Fred Werthiemer claimed the FEC allowed loopholes in the regulation to fund federal elections with "dark money."

Van Hollen called Judge Amy Berman Jackson's Tuesday decision "a victory for democracy." His partners in the lawsuit also hailed the ruling.

"We are seeing a full-throated endorsement of disclosure by the lower courts," said Tara Malloy with the Campaign Legal Center. "We are enjoying the victory, though I am sure the fight will continue."

Conservative groups that attempted to intervene in the case have voiced their disappointment. Thomas Kirby, an attorney who represents the Center for Individual Freedom, told The Washington Post that "the ruling created an upside-down world in which greater burdens are imposed on those who merely refer to a candidate than on those who expressly advocate election or defeat of a candidate."

In Tuesday's decision, Jackson ruled that the FEC "overstepped" when it wrote the 2007 regulation into the campaign finance laws. That regulation, among other cases, led to the victory of the 2010 Citizens United case in the Supreme Court, which allowed nonprofits to hide their funding sources.

That decision essentially deleted the restrictions of the McCain-Feingold Act. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that over $140 million of the so-called "dark money" was spent in the 2014 election. Bloomberg's Businessweek reports that tens of thousands of TV ads run this year by GOP fundraising operation Crossroad GPS, founded by former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove, "helped Republicans win control of the Senate."

Jackson's decision that the regulation was "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law" recalled an original report by the Sunlight Foundation in January. The report stated that Crossroads GPS violated election laws by failing to register itself as a political group instead of a nonprofit, social-welfare operation — a distinction that came with a huge impact.

"In recent years, the group Crossroads GPS has spent tens of millions on political ads fueled by anonymous donors. Registering as a political group would have forced the nonprofit to begin naming its big-time benefactors. Crossroads has also become a model for hundreds of other committees that during the last election cycle pumped more than $300 million into the campaign — an estimate that is undoubtedly low because of the lack of disclosure required of these organizations."
It was also noted in the judge's ruling that the FEC reported their findings in 2007 at 5:05 p.m. before a weekend — what's known in the news industry as a "Friday night news dump" because people are believed to be paying the least attention to the news during that portion of the week.

The FEC now has the option of either appealing Jackson's decision or change its regulations. The six members of the committee are evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats and likely will have a difficult time agreeing on a course of action.

FEC Chairman Lee Goodman told The Washington Post, "I've always said that I'm open to judicial guidance on this issue, and now we'll have to study the court's opinion to determine exactly what obligation the FEC has in response."
Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret
The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.
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https://plus.google.com/112169058567619406383 Jeremy Wang : Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans for now, potentially increasing the number of gay states...
Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans for now, potentially increasing the number of gay states to 37
http://fxn.ws/1vkHumB 
Arkansas, Mississippi overturn gay marriage bans
Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals.
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https://plus.google.com/115796216489380859972 Deborah B : A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she...
A U.S. district court judge awarded a victory to campaign finance reform advocates on Tuesday when she ruled the Federal Election Committee was too loosely enforcing a campaign finance regulation passed in 2007, allowing some big-money donors to remain anonymous.

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act required the identification of contributors giving $1,000 or more to fund "issue ads" near Election Day. But since it was enacted, only a few of those contributors have been revealed, because the FEC ruled those disclosures weren't required for ads supporting specific candidates. The Los Angeles Times reported the details of the ruling:

"The decision concerns a type of issue ads that became ubiquitous in recent elections. Typically, the ads suggest that voters call a senator or congressman and give an opinion about something. When those ads mention a candidate and are run close to elections, they're known as 'electioneering' communications, and the amount of spending has to be reported."
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with reform advocacy groups Campaign Legal Center, Public Citizen and Democracy 21, sued the FEC in 2011 to overturn the 2007 regulation. The Associated Press reported that Democracy 21's president, Fred Werthiemer claimed the FEC allowed loopholes in the regulation to fund federal elections with "dark money."

Van Hollen called Judge Amy Berman Jackson's Tuesday decision "a victory for democracy." His partners in the lawsuit also hailed the ruling.

"We are seeing a full-throated endorsement of disclosure by the lower courts," said Tara Malloy with the Campaign Legal Center. "We are enjoying the victory, though I am sure the fight will continue."

Conservative groups that attempted to intervene in the case have voiced their disappointment. Thomas Kirby, an attorney who represents the Center for Individual Freedom, told The Washington Post that "the ruling created an upside-down world in which greater burdens are imposed on those who merely refer to a candidate than on those who expressly advocate election or defeat of a candidate."

In Tuesday's decision, Jackson ruled that the FEC "overstepped" when it wrote the 2007 regulation into the campaign finance laws. That regulation, among other cases, led to the victory of the 2010 Citizens United case in the Supreme Court, which allowed nonprofits to hide their funding sources.

That decision essentially deleted the restrictions of the McCain-Feingold Act. The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that over $140 million of the so-called "dark money" was spent in the 2014 election. Bloomberg's Businessweek reports that tens of thousands of TV ads run this year by GOP fundraising operation Crossroad GPS, founded by former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove, "helped Republicans win control of the Senate."

Jackson's decision that the regulation was "arbitrary, capricious and contrary to law" recalled an original report by the Sunlight Foundation in January. The report stated that Crossroads GPS violated election laws by failing to register itself as a political group instead of a nonprofit, social-welfare operation — a distinction that came with a huge impact.

"In recent years, the group Crossroads GPS has spent tens of millions on political ads fueled by anonymous donors. Registering as a political group would have forced the nonprofit to begin naming its big-time benefactors. Crossroads has also become a model for hundreds of other committees that during the last election cycle pumped more than $300 million into the campaign — an estimate that is undoubtedly low because of the lack of disclosure required of these organizations."
It was also noted in the judge's ruling that the FEC reported their findings in 2007 at 5:05 p.m. before a weekend — what's known in the news industry as a "Friday night news dump" because people are believed to be paying the least attention to the news during that portion of the week.

The FEC now has the option of either appealing Jackson's decision or change its regulations. The six members of the committee are evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats and likely will have a difficult time agreeing on a course of action.

FEC Chairman Lee Goodman told The Washington Post, "I've always said that I'm open to judicial guidance on this issue, and now we'll have to study the court's opinion to determine exactly what obligation the FEC has in response."
Judge Rules Fewer Political Groups Can Keep Their Donors Secret
The ruling targets the funders of campaign issue ads that encourage viewers to choose a specific candidate. The FEC now must decide whether it will appeal the ruling or require more disclosure.
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