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Secret Dark money-Koch Brothers Battle to Prevent Full Disclosure

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posted on Nov, 1 2016 @ 08:49 PM

The Koch network has mobilized in South Dakota to defeat the “South Dakota Accountability and Anti-Corruption Act,” a state-wide initiative on the ballot November 8.
The anti-corruption measure, Initiated Measure 22 or IM-22, was launched by a bipartisan group called the South Dakotans for Integrity and put on the ballot with signatures from over 20,000 state residents.
IM-22 cracks down on dark money and phony industry front groups by barring candidate coordination with outside groups and regulating independent expenditures. It cracks down on sham “issue ads,” which are really the functional equivalent of express advocacy, by requiring them to be reported electronically within 48 hours, requiring donor disclosure and requiring the top five donors to be disclosed on air. The initiative also provides a small dollar public financing mechanism, sets rules for lobbyists and gifts and creates an ethics commission to investigate violations of ethics and campaign finance rules.

Looks like a bipartisan group called the South Dakotans for Integrity had over 20,000 signatures to put Measure 22 up for a vote. The measure would clamp down on issue TV adds, by clamping down on "dark money". How would they do that? Well by not allowing candidates to talk to the "dark money" givers. The measure also requires disclosure and on air ID of the top 5 donors or "dark money" givers at the end of the ADD! Plus provides small public financing and there would be rules for lobbyists and gift and a group to police it all.

Well the Koch Brothers are digging in their heels and there is a counter group ( and Americans for prosperity) with a war chest of the $609,110 raised by so far, $590,000 came from AFP (Koch). The next largest contribution of $1,500 from the SD Farm Bureau Federation.

The Kochs are battling the measure because “the Kochs see IM-22 as a threat to the dominance the millionaires and billionaires have under the [current] political system,” says former Republican State Senator and co-chair of South Dakotans for Integrity Don Frankenfeld. The Kochs have been battling weaker donor disclosure laws in California in court for years.

So what it boils down to is the Koch Bro's want to give huge mounts of money to get their way and keep it super duper secret. Crony Capitalism at it's best.
edit on 1-11-2016 by seasonal because: spelling

posted on Nov, 1 2016 @ 09:03 PM

originally posted by: seasonal

So what it boils down to is the Koch Bro's want to give huge mounts of money to get their way and keep it super duper secret. Crony Capitalism at it's best.

The wealthy own our government and control our legislative process from top to bottom. I hope the good people of South Dakota win this one, but I'm not optimistic.

posted on Nov, 1 2016 @ 09:06 PM
a reply to: seasonal

If I were in Idaho I would sign that petition. Money is the bane of politics.

posted on Nov, 1 2016 @ 09:21 PM
a reply to: Greggers

I hope the good people of South Dakota win this one, but I'm not optimistic.

That is some big $ fighting what could be the peoples will. I hope there is some pairing back on some of this type of Dark Money. It is easier to do it with laws then the alternatives.

posted on Nov, 2 2016 @ 11:55 AM
Attached is a FOIA request template regarding libya and explosives. Let me know if you added or changed anything for the better:
Date: 11 / 01 / 2016
Record/Information Dissemination Section
Attn: FOIPA Request
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843
Dear FOIA Officer Whom This Document May Concern:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
Date range of request: 01 / 20 / 2008 – 09 / 11 / 2012
Description of request: This document is a request for copies of any information uncovered and archived in FBI and DOJ investigations occurring within the the aforementioned date range relating to any or all of the concerns enumerated in the following section: Please search the FBI’s indices to the Central Records System for the information responsive to this request related to:
1) Arms dealing (gun running) by US government individuals and agencies to, in, or relating to:
1a) The countries and governments of Libya, Afghanistan, and Syria
1b) Ambassador Chris Stevens, Marc Turi, and the US consolate in Benghazi, Libya
1c) Sales and logistics of arms and weaponry involving the terms “Turkey,” “Rebels,” “rebel groups,” and “opposition.”
2) Explosives and the sale of or reference to explosive ordiance or weaponry by US Government Agencies and Individuals including: Stinger missile, FIM-92, FIM-92, MANPAD, CH-47, SA- 24 Igla-S, and SA-7
3) Any information regarding the use of and communication through the Dark Net / Deep Web / Onion network by US government agencies or individuals for any reason, but most importantly for reasons or concerns listed in items (1) and (2) of this section.
I am willing to pay up to [$250] for the processing of this request. Please inform me if the estimated fees will exceed this limit before processing my request.
I am seeking information personal use and not for commercial use. Thank you for your consideration,
Name: ______________________________________________________________
Street Address: ________________________________________________________
City/State/ZIP Code: ____________________________________________________
Country (if applicable): United States of America

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