Maybe with this out in the open, even though its to late will finally give those that think this is a fair and balanced election, or even that any of
them have been will see this for what it is. Maybe we can finally discuss the important issues such as these atrocities that seem to go unnoticed.
There is a show that will be airing on Frontline tomorrow called "Big Sky, Big Money" where this will be discussed, but I wanted to bring it to the
attention of ATS, as we can truly uncover things like no other place can.
The boxes landed in the office of Montana investigators in March 2011.
Found in a meth house in Colorado, they were somewhat of a mystery, holding files on 23 conservative candidates in state races in Montana. They were
filled with candidate surveys and mailers that said they were paid for by campaigns, and fliers and bank records from outside spending groups. One
folder was labeled “Montana $ Bomb.”
The documents pointed to one outside group pulling the candidates’ strings: a social welfare nonprofit called Western Tradition Partnership, or
Altogether, the records added up to possible illegal “coordination” between the nonprofit and candidates for office in 2008 and 2010, said a
Montana investigator and a former Federal Election Commission chairman who reviewed the material. Outside groups are allowed to spend money on
political campaigns, but not to coordinate with candidates.
“My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that WTP was running a lot of these campaigns,” said investigator Julie Steab of the Montana Commissioner
of Political Practices, who initially received the boxes from Colorado.
The boxes were examined by Frontline and ProPublica as part of an investigation into the growing influence on elections of dark money groups,
tax-exempt organizations that can accept unlimited contributions and do not have to identify their donors. The documents offer a rare glimpse into the
world of dark money, showing how Western Tradition Partnership appealed to donors, interacted with candidates and helped shape their election
You may be asking yourself, who is part of this "Dark Money Groups"....
Billionaire David Koch, chairman of the board of the conservative Americans for Prosperity (AFP) advocacy group, attends a 'Cut Spending Now' rally at
AFP's 'Defending the American Dream Summit' in Washington on November 5, 2011.
Matt Brooks describes the mission of the Republican Jewish Coalition as educating the Jewish community about critical domestic and foreign policy
But the well-dressed crowd that gathered in May for a luncheon on the 24th floor of a New York law firm easily could have figured that the group had a
different purpose: Helping Mitt Romney win the presidency.
Brooks, the group's executive director, showed the 100 or so attendees two coalition-funded ads taking aim at President Barack Obama. Then Brooks made
a pitch for a $6.5 million plan to help Romney in battleground states, reminding guests that their donations would not be publicly disclosed by the
"Contributions to the RJC are not reported," Brooks told the people sitting around a horseshoe-shaped table. "We don't make our donors' names
available. We can take corporate money, personal money, cash, shekels, whatever you got."
The Republican Jewish Coalition and similar organizations enjoy tax-exempt status in exchange for promoting social welfare. In this election, the most
expensive in U.S. history, they also have emerged as the primary conduit for anonymous big-money contributions.
Forget super PACs, their much-hyped cousins, which can take unlimited contributions but must name their donors. More money is being spent on TV
advertising in the presidential race by social welfare nonprofits, known as 501(c)(4)s for their section of the tax code, than by any other type of
As of Aug. 8, they had spent more than $71 million on ads mentioning a candidate for president, according to estimates by Kantar Media's Campaign
Media Analysis Group, or CMAG. Super PACs have spent an estimated $56 million.
Congress created the legal framework for 501(c)(4) nonprofits nearly a century ago. To receive the tax exemption, groups were supposed to be "operated
exclusively for the promotion of social welfare." The IRS later opened the door to some forms of political activity by interpreting the statute to
mean groups had to be "primarily" engaged in enhancing social welfare. But neither the tax code nor regulators set out how this would be measured.
In recent years, Democrats and Republicans alike have seized on that seemingly innocuous wording to create the darkest corner of American political
We live in this world, and we think that we are somehow a part of a system. well we are, but as the pawns. We can never be the knight or the king, we
can only be pawns, to help the other pieces, the much more "important" pieces finally win the game.
We get conned all day everyday, but when it comes to the hundreds of threads, and the debates about who is more important or who has "our" best
interest at heart, we need to look to each other, not them. They have no concern about what we will need over the next few days, forget the next 4
Though this is coming out to the MSM a few days before the election (depending on this storm) it will be to late, but I hope that this will help
others be more concerned and aware for who ever will decide to try to treat us as fools, to think again.
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