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September 20, 2005

FEC carries water for DNC

From NewsMax...

Federal election officials on Monday sued a pro-Republican political group to try to force it to comply with campaign finance limits, the first lawsuit of its kind to arise from big-money fundraising during the 2004 elections.

The Federal Election Commission filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington against the Club for Growth. The group spent at least $21 million in the 2003-04 election cycle.

The FEC contends the group spent enough in federal races to require it to file with the commission as a political committee and to abide by contribution and spending limits.

Meanwhile the following groups are listed on OpenSecrets.org along with the amounts they gave to political campaigns...

Top 10 donors:

American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees   $36,092,562
National Assn of Realtors   $26,618,618
National Education Assn   $24,984,073
Assn of Trial Lawyers of America   $24,802,166
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers   $23,257,780
Communications Workers of America   $23,228,649
Service Employees International Union   $23,161,475
Laborers Union   $22,616,057
Carpenters & Joiners Union   $22,320,947
Teamsters Union   $22,239,717

 Notice anything they have in common? They are all unions, and we all know which party unions support, don't we. I also happen to know that the bulk of those donations were taking through intimidation from the wages of union members, many who had no choice in joining that union. (I am very familiar with unions, and how they get their money) Think the FEC cares about that?

Oh, and I bet you're just dying to know how much MoveOn.org spent on that same elections....according to OpenSecrets.org it was a whopping $21,402,263. (OpenSecrets.org lists the Club for Growth's expenditures at $11,081,099 which begs the question—where did the FEC get their numbers?) So why is the FEC going after the Club for Growth and not MoveOn.org?

I wanna know, too.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 20, 2005 06:17 AM

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The FEC went after CFG because the Dems complained.

The GOP is too nice to complain and (relatively speaking) believes in free speech.

I linked and tracked back (presumably pending moderation) to this post.

Good job on noting the organized labor $, most of which were not specifically solicited from their members but simply withheld from their paychecks.

Tom Blumer

Posted by: Tom Blumer at September 20, 2005 10:10 AM

I'm glad Michelle linked to you. I just blogrolled you after a quick lookaround. Good luck on the novel efforts.

Tom Blumer

Posted by: Thomas Blumer at September 20, 2005 10:21 AM

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