... << MORE >>In his lone dissent to the disclosure requirement in Citizens United, Justice Clarence Thomas argued that American citizens should not be subject “to death threats, ruined careers, damaged or defaced property, or pre-emptive and threatening warning letters as the price for engaging in core political speech, the primary object of First Amendment protection.” (Internal quote marks omitted.)In fact, wariness of full disclosure goes back to 1958 when the Supreme Court ruled that the NAACP did not have to release its membership list to the state, understanding that such disclosure would surely subject its members to persecution. “This court has recognized the vital relationship between freedom to associate and privacy in one’s associations . . . particularly where a group espouses dissident beliefs.”A different era, a different set of dissidents. But the naming of names, the listing of lists, goes on. The enforcers are at it again, this time armed with sortable Internet donor lists.The ultimate victim here is full disclosure itself. If revealing your views opens you to the politics of personal destruction, then transparency, however valuable, must give way to the ultimate core political good, free expression.
"Lerner's mention of Americans for Campaign Reform is doubly interesting because it suggests the IRS scandal was a three-cornered effort by the Obama administration effort to suppress its Tea Party and conservative critics.
Americans for Campaign Reform is a 501(c)(3) education foundation. Note that IRS rules governing c3s bar partisan political activity far more rigorously than those covering c4s.
The group has received at least 41 contributions totaling $1.7 million in recent years from such groups as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The New York Community Trust, Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation."... << MORE >>
Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act reveal Lois Lerner cooking up plans with
Justice Department officials to talk about ways to criminally charge conservative groups that are insufficiently quiet."
Full story at PJ Media.
Amendments to the Voting Rights Act are in big trouble in Congress. Why? Because of a windshift over the last 5 years. The wind shifted
because the Voting Section abused and misused power. It dropped cases it shouldn't have dropped. It brought cases it shouldn't have brought. It didn't enforce parts of the law it didn't like.
This cherry picking and abuse means that those in the House that voted for the 2006 law won't vote to pass it again. One example of many from the Hill:
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) voted for the law’s reauthorization in 2006, but says he won’t again.
“Back at home, my constituency has shifted significantly and does not believe Texas should be singled out. They believe elections are being done properly. They believe redistricting is being done properly. They don’t have the same concerns they did eight or nine years ago when I voted for it,” he said.
Today's revelation that the Speech Regulators in academia and nonprofit groups were pressing the government to criminally prosecute conservatives groups in order to scare other conservative groups merits a refresher on the architecture of the IRS scandal. This isn't about the IRS delaying an exemption determination. This is about speech regulators in academia and in non profits, always the smartest minds in the room, urging the government to attack political opponents.
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Perhaps President Obama misspoke when he overstated the number of voting rights cases by more than 60—or perhaps he was misinformed by his Attorney General, Eric Holder. In fact, the ever-criticized Bush administration had a much better enforcement record with much higher case numbers than the Obama administration, as was outlined in a report released by the Justice Department’s Inspector General in March 2013. President Obama also made no mention of his administration’s unjustified dismissal of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party—that would, after all, not fit the narrative he is trying to propagate. Regardless, President Obama’s exaggerated claims come as no surprise, especially given the setting of this particular speech."
More “nonexistent” voter fraud, from the home of LBJ’s Box 13:
“Two Jim Wells County men were arrested for alleged voter fraud after the Attorney General's office found they were not eligible to vote.”
The two were charged with illegally voting in Texas’ May 2012 Primary Election, “an election they knew they were not eligible to vote,” a second degree felony.