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State law allows our government to be for sale

New Hampshire state government should not be for sale. The problem is that it is because current state law allows it to be.

It has been reported that Gov. Chris Sununu's 2016 inaugural committee paid out some hefty sums personally to the governor as well as his sister and political operatives, including a registered lobbyist. In fact, the governor received $39,360 over the past two years from his own inaugural committee, his sister's company received some $50,188 and $9,500 was paid to a lobbyist who represents Eversource and other corporate clients. Even former governor John Sununu received funds - totaling $1,277 - and all of these monies are considered by a representative of the inauguration committee to be reimbursements for expenses not covered by the state budget.

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Feds charge powerful Ald. Edward Burke with corruption

Longtime Ald. Edward Burke, one of Chicago’s most powerful figures and a vestige of the city’s old Democratic machine, has been charged with attempted extortion for allegedly using his position as alderman to corruptly solicit business for his private law firm.

The 37-page criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court comes five weeks after the FBI carried out a stunning raid on Burke’s City Hall office, working for hours behind windows covered with brown butcher paper before leaving down a back staircase with computers and files.

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U.S. Supreme court lets Montana campaign-contribution limits stand

HELENA – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to Montana’s campaign-contribution limits, letting the 24-year-old law stand.

The high court, without comment, denied the appeal of a 2017 appellate court ruling that upheld Montana’s monetary limits on what individuals, political-action committees and political parties can give to state candidates.

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NJ lawmakers look to close 'dark money' disclosure loopholes as top Democrats face flak

New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday took the first step toward closing loopholes that allow some donors to stay private even while spending heavily to influence political campaigns, ballot questions and government policy.

The Senate budget committee voted unanimously to approve significant changes to the state’s financial disclosure laws despite a threat by the ACLU of New Jersey to challenge the effort in court over privacy concerns.

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New York Must Lead the Nation Toward a Constitutional Amendment on Money in Politics

New York, let’s clean up New York. Some of our fellow citizens are too young or too new to our fair state, but anyone who was around in the 1970s and 1980s remembers how dirty New York City was. I’m talking about trash. To battle the mounting piles of garbage, the city put out a public service announcement asking the people of Manhattan to keep things clean. Garbage, you don’t have to put up with it anymore, was part of the slogan.

The people did a great job pitching in to keep the city clean and I would say the amount of trash you see on the street today is nothing compared to what it was when I was a kid. Yet something still stinks in New York and it’s not coming from the subway grates. The smell I’m talking about arises from political corruption. It’s the smell of our deteriorating Republic.

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NH - Eric "Silver Fox" Benevides at the NH Statehouse

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The Silver Fox takes us inside the New Hampshire Statehouse

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Major corporations are spending big bucks to flee the chaos of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit England

A number of prominent companies are looking to move their operations out of the United Kingdom ahead of Brexit, reports Axios.

The start of the story is Dyson, the vacuum-maker, which is moving from the UK to Singapore.

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Billionaire Ken Griffin buys New York penthouse for $238 million, the most expensive US home ever sold

Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin closed a deal to buy the most expensive home ever sold in the U.S., paying around $238 million for a New York penthouse overlooking Central Park.

The deal is the largest in Griffin’s recent $700 million, global real estate shopping spree, believed to be the largest ever for a U.S. billionaire. Over the past few years, the founder and CEO of Citadel has purchased the most expensive homes in Chicago, Miami and New York. He has spent more than $200 million to buy land in Palm Beach, Florida for a home he plans to build there. And this week, news broke that he purchased a $122 million property in London, which was the most expensive sale in London in a decade.

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Citizen lobbyists enter Maine’s halls of power to represent the poor

Twelve volunteers with the Maine People’s Alliance, ranging from seniors to college students, stood Thursday morning in the busy hallway that connects the Senate and House chambers of the Maine State House, waiting for their chance to speak to lawmakers about where they stand on a proposed earned paid sick days bill that will be voted on this legislative session.

Some have nicknamed this hallway “the gauntlet,” as lawmakers must make their way past a line of reporters, advocates and lobbyists, each asking for a minute of their time, before they can enter the Senate and House chambers.

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FEC flags Arizona senator for excessive campaign donations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, whose fundraising practices have drawn scrutiny in the past, appears to have accepted more than $270,000 in excessive campaign contributions during the recent midterm campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Federal candidates can collect $2,700 from a single donor during a primary election, followed by an additional $2,700 from the same person during the general election.

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Australia vows to clean up financial sector after landmark misconduct inquiry

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A special government-appointed inquiry excoriated Australia’s financial sector for misconduct on Monday, referring two dozen cases to regulators for possible legal action but leaving the structure of the country’s powerful banks in place.

Regulators will be subjected to a new oversight body and the financial industry’s pay will be overhauled to remove conflicts of interest, according to the recommendations of the so-called Royal Commission. But the recommendations stopped short of measures that would threaten the A$400 billion ($289 billion) industry’s dominant position.

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Deep-pocketed donors hold sway over New York politics, and all of us suffer: Sen. Biaggi

Why should you care about getting special interest money out of politics? What does it have to do with you? Plenty.

Looking for affordable housing? Most New Yorkers are renters. Hundreds of thousands live in apartments where the rent increases are limited by law. You’d expect to see the lawmakers representing all those tenants would defend and strengthen the laws that protect them. You would be wrong.

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NYT obtains lobbying emails Cuomo fought to keep secret

Newly released emails obtained by The New York Times reveal close ties between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) administration officials and a former aide-turned-lobbyist who later pleaded guilty to eight felonies.

The emails show that Todd Howe, a key witness in federal corruption cases that brought down two former top Cuomo aides in February, was weighing in on matters pertaining to Cuomo in the lead-up to the 2016 investigation, according to the Times.

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A chance to get big money out of New York politics

Bold, progressive change is afoot in Albany. The sudden spur of legislative action confirms an old political adage that seemed to elude state houses across the country for far too long: elections matter. Still, even amidst the progressive wave of 2018, wealthy special interests drastically outspent ordinary New Yorkers in our elections.

In the span of that single year, $117.6 million was given to state campaigns. Yet less than 5% of those dollars came from small donors. Half of the dollars came from entities giving more than $10,000, and the top 100 donors gave $7.5 million—more than all small donor donations combined.

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Check out Falcons' owner Arthur Blank's new $180 million, 295-foot yacht

The NFL remains a copycat league.

Even when it comes to obscenely expensive vanity purchases.

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Saudis and the US team up to kill European Union effort to create a dirty money blacklist

The United States and key ally Saudi Arabia saw their lobbying efforts pay off on Friday after the European Commission’s proposed dirty money blacklist—which included the oil-rich kingdom and several American territories—fizzled.

“The Americans fell on us like a tonne of bricks,” an anonymous Brussels official told the Financial Times.

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Maine dark money group was nearly dormant but continued paying the LePage allies who ran it

Maine People Before Politics, the nonprofit advocacy group born out of former Gov. Paul LePage’s 2010 inaugural committee, was notably absent from Augusta’s public policy fights in recent years, after serving as a champion of the governor’s agenda from its inception in 2011 through 2015.

Around 2016, the group stopped running ads, rarely updated its website and social media accounts, and all but abandoned fundraising. But while the group slowly wound down at that time, it still paid a total of nearly $100,000 to the governor’s daughter and top political adviser in 2016 and 2017.

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STATEMENT: VOCAL-NY Calls to Stop Money In Politics and Lift Roadblocks to Progressive Change

Today, VOCAL-NY joins allied organizations to protest outside of NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s high-dollar fundraiser for the “Speaker Heastie PAC.” In response to the news that the demonstration will be counter-protested by supporters of the Speaker, and to calls from allies to urge us to reconsider our participation, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Jawanza Williams, Director of Organizing at VOCAL-NY


“As a Queer Black New Yorker living with HIV who joined VOCAL-NY five years ago as a homeless member from the Bronx, I could not be more proud to be a part of this work, where I fight for just policies that uplift me and the tens of thousands across the state who are the most marginalized. Like many New Yorkers, it is my dream to run for office one day and give back to the communities that took care of me–but that would not be possible without the proposed public donor match that was blocked in this years budget. For 20 years, VOCAL-NY has been committed to uplifting the voices of this State’s most marginalized–the homeless, the incarcerated, the criminalized and stigmatized by drug use, and those living with HIV/AIDS–to build a people’s movement for radical progressive change. The events of today prove that now more than ever, New York needs fair elections that are free from corporate and Big Donor influence in order to build the power of vulnerable and everyday New Yorkers and tear down systems of oppression and injustice. We will now and forever be committed to these ideals.

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These House Democrats Pledged Not To Take Corporate Cash — But They're Using A loophole To Do It Anyway

JASON CROW WAS one of the victorious Democrats who ran in last year’s midterm election on a promise to reject campaign cash controlled by business interests. In one of his first television commercials in the campaign, Crow, now a member of Congress from Colorado, touted his pledge not “to take a dime of corporate PAC money.” Recent campaign finance filings reveal that, about two weeks after being sworn into office, Crow accepted $5,000 from the American Hospital Association PAC, which represents public and private hospital companies across the country.

The Colorado Democrat is one of several newly elected House Democrats to have run on a pledge to eschew corporate money, but have found a broad loophole to begin collecting funds from political action committees affiliated with big business.

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Campaign finance bill closes loophole on anonymous political spending

A campaign finance law passed during the legislative session closes a loophole that could have allowed PACs to skirt donor disclosure requirements, state elections officials say.

Meanwhile, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner’s office is continuing its lawsuit against a group that continues to withhold the source of its funding for tens of thousands of dollars spent on electioneering efforts during 2018 legislative races.

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US billionaires know capitalism is broken — and now they’re worried about a revolution

The spate of far-left and far-right politicians being elected to office in the United States arguably speaks to a deep public distrust in how the political and economic system has failed average people, and focused all of its energy on the priorities and whims of a small class of billionaires.

A new deep dive by the Washington Post suggests that U.S. billionaires themselves are acutely aware of this divide — and are fearful that it could bring about the end, or at least the radical transformation, of American capitalism itself.

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For 2020 Dems, Dark Money Is Taboo -- and Much Needed

Pete Buttigieg, who has rapidly hurtled from obscurity in the Midwest to national prominence, is frustrated.

"We've allowed our conservative friends to get a monopoly on the idea of freedom," the mayor of South Bend, Ind., told voters in South Carolina earlier this month. Republicans talk in terms of freedom from government. Democrats, the upstart presidential candidate argued, should talk in terms of freedom to access government-guaranteed rights like abortion and gay marriage

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‘Rigged Justice’: Scathing new report details rampant ‘free-for-all’ corporate crimes under Trump administration

The Trump administration is letting corporate crime run rampant.

“This country’s government is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful, and the Trump administration has turned this power gap into a chasm.”

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SCOTUS Wife Ginni Thomas Floated Anti-Fraud Campaign For ‘Questionable’ Precincts

Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, wanted to “target” the “most questionable” precincts in Virginia with an anti-voter fraud campaign, according to an October 2016 email exchange she had with a prominent voter fraud alarmist and other conservative activists.

The emails were made public Friday in the litigation over a sensational report released by the group of the alarmist, J. Christian Adams, who also served on President Trump’s short-lived voter fraud commission.

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As China’s Communist Party destroys Hong Kong, New York is set to benefit

New York is the financial capital of the world. What might surprise people is that it has kept this title longer than market forces might have otherwise dictated thanks to an assist from the Chinese Communist Party. Certainly, all the money running through New York is thanks to the booming Chinese economy, and Communist Party leaders laundering bribes has helped. But what has benefited New York’s financial markets the most is communists doing what communists do best: wreck things. The Communist Party is currently wrecking Hong Kong, and New York is benefiting from it.

Winning by the other side losing is not rare in sports or business. There is a competition between financial centres in the world. In the case of Hong Kong, the Communist Party has become a drag on the financial sector, where as – in pre-Xi Jinping’s China – it could be argued with quite a bit of validity that China was propelling Hong Kong to the top.

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