Aug 182013
 

Republicans already have more ways to steal an election than the very dirtiest, mangiest dawg has fleas.  Every time I turn around, there’s another one!  Their problem they face is that most of them are blatantly illegal.  What ever is a Republican to do?  Well, fearing that the sheriff might be a problem, they are trying to hog-tie the sheriff.

18FEC-GOPRepublican operatives are charging forward with their efforts to sabotage the Federal Election Commission in its lawful obligation to police campaign abuses. The six-member commission is evenly divided between the two parties, but the Republican vice chairman, Donald McGahn, has spent his tenure as a partisan obstructionist, adroitly engineering 3-to-3 standoff votes to block penalties and other recommendations by staff investigators who uncover abuses by big-money campaigners.

Now Mr. McGahn aims to take advantage of a temporary Democratic vacancy and 3-to-2 Republican edge to push through rules that would make total lackeys of commission staff members by blocking them from the usual sharing of information with the Justice Department and other agencies. In his partisan cunning, Mr. McGahn would even bar them from looking into possible violations publicly reported in news media and on the Internet.

It is critically important when the commission meets next week that this attempt to gut investigative procedures be kept off the agenda until a full, six-member panel is in place. Two nominees — to fill the vacancy and to replace Mr. McGahn, whose term is up — await approval in the Senate. Washington’s major watchdog groups have said that the McGahn proposal would gravely undermine campaign law and that the issue is of such importance that it should be taken up only by a full panel…

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It amazes me the the Senate confirmed McGahn, considering his ties to Americans for a Republican Majority, the NRCC, and Tom Delay’s bogus charity.

The two nominees are currently tied up in the Senate due to a Republican filibuster.  Hey Leg-Hound Harry!  Nuke the filibastards!

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  15 Responses to “Making the FEC Aid Election Theft”

  1. When is McTurtle up for re-election? I can't wait until he loses.

  2. Oh strewth!

  3. Two nominees — to fill the vacancy and to replace Mr. McGahn, whose term is up — await approval in the Senate.

    Someone of integrity is needed to keep big money honest.

  4. Why hasn't Harry Reid all ready been replaced?  Surely there is someone else in the Senate who could do a better job.

    • Perhaps because nobody responded when I first came to Care2 in 2010 and put up a petition to Dump The Leghound. ;-)

      • I wish I had been on your site then, you wouldhave had at least one signature.

        • Thanks Edie! Actually, it died in Care2's "The Petition Site".  I'll leave it to the petition mavins at Care2 that have the time and experience to promote them properly.

  5. "Washington’s major watchdog groups have said that the McGahn proposal would gravely undermine campaign law and that the issue is of such importance that it should be taken up only by a full panel."

    Who the hell provides oversight to this politically exposed FEC committee?  Surely they must answer to someone, some body, who can rein in McGahn!

    To have the entire US subject to the political whims of 3 people, at this juncture at least, is incredibly stupid and myopic.  With such mechanisms in place as this lopsided affair, it is evident that the desired outcome of Republicanus/Teabaggers is a permanent Republicanus/Teabagger reign of terror, if it wasn't already evident.

    • It is.  In the past, the FEC has functioned successfully as a bipartisan body compoed of honorable legislators, but that has changed since the Republican Revolution.

  6. Computer voting is dangrous. In the last election I punched straight D. All came up R in the Review.

    President of Diebold was overheard telling GW Bush "I guarantee you Ohio"

    Major Ohio paper Exit Polls have always been accurate.

    That time it had Kerry by 16 points. Bush won by 16 points.

    Vote Counting machines easily programmed.

    • I agree with you.

    • Overall, wherever Republicans have controlled e-voting machines with no paper trail, there has been a 4%-5% varience between official counts and turnout polls.  For that to to always favor Republicans by chance has a statical possibility of virtually zero.