Category: Activism

End Citizens United Wants To Stop Corruption In Political Campaign Donations

James Anderson recently published an article called “Russians Weren’t the Only Meddlers in the 2016 Election According to End Citizens United” in the Hi-Tech Chronicle, a website dedicated to providing independent articles on technology and science.

The article on hitechchronicle.com reveals that the recent revelations foreign contributions to the presidential elections of 2016 may not be the only ones. The story of the Russian company purchasing more than six-figures worth of digital campaigns placed on social media platforms has been under investigation for more than a year. While it is still unclear if American officials were working directly with the company or not, many elected officials are still complicit in allowing foreign donations to be made to political campaigns in the first place.

While foreign entities are technically not legally allowed to donate to political campaigns, there are a variety of loopholes throughout the financial laws which make it easier for them to donate. Right wing lobbyists and lawmakers have been attempting to remove the limitations to the political campaigns for decades. Because of this, there are a variety of ultra-wealthy individuals who can have a gigantic influence on the political outcomes based on their contributions.

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The loopholes are such that American citizens will unlikely understand just how much foreign money was poured into the American presidential election of 2016. Not only are the contributions difficult to track, but there are more than just the Russians at work.

Mueller also discovered that corporations owned by Chinese nationals and Mexican entrepreneurs donated sizable amounts of money to super PACs. There are more than 15 different cases being investigated on the illegal campaign spending of foreign entities. Because of the nuances in the law, the Citizens United case in 2010 revealed that these political donations are considered “speech” and therefore a part of the rights of corporations. The decision currently allows corporations and advocacy groups to spend unlimited amounts of money which are donated to political campaigns.

The law not only allows organizations to support political candidates who endorse their interests, but because the law currently allows unlimited donations, organizations are often able to bribe officials.

End Citizens United is a Political Action Committee formed after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United v. the U.S. Federal Election Commission in 2010. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to countering the influence of corporate and foreign money that influences the American campaigns.

End Citizens United uses grassroots fundraising tactics to help stop foreign agents from influencing the elections.

Search more about End Citizens United: http://www.alreporter.com/2017/09/28/end-citizens-united-endorses-doug-jones-senate/

Why Fox News Interview With Thor Halvorssen Should Infuriate You

Socialism is a violation of basic human rights. The Fox News anchor says this twice in its most recent interview with Thor Halvorssen, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation. This is a patently false statement that Thor Halvorssen tries to fix through the whole interview, but it should infuriate you.

A socialist program is anything that is funded by the government with your tax money. There are examples all around you that help you in every day life. Every morning, when you go to the mailbox, your benefiting from the post office, a socialist program. The air that you breathe and the freedom that you enjoy is because of a strong and mighty military, another socialist program. To say that socialism violates basic human rights is to attack on police officers, firefighters, postal workers, and the military. It would be easy to be infuriated at this interview, but it’s such a delight to see it all go wrong for them.

Fox News was trying to tarnish Bernie Sanders. The Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful has described himself as a democratic socialist, something Fox News was trying to attack, but they picked the wrong interviewee. Thor Halvorssen is a world-famous human rights activist whose goal is to take down every authoritarian dictator on the planet. His Human Rights Foundation targets these dictators and works to help the victims of their crimes. If there’s one thing that Thor Halvorssen(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1812816/)  knows, it’s human rights violations.

That’s why it was so fun to hear the Fox News anchor ask him why socialism is a violation of basic human rights. Let’s qualify that, he says, and then he goes on to explain that socialism has nothing to do with human rights violations. Unchecked authoritarian power leads to human rights violations. When socialist governments, like the ones found in Venezuelan countries, have separation of powers and checks and balances, they are perfectly fine. But the Fox News anchor keeps trying to tear down Bernie Sanders through Thor Halvorssen, and it doesn’t work. With great irony, he expresses his support for Bernie Sanders, turning the interview into a weapon against right-wing attacks of the Vermont Senator.