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Moscow Mitch has effectively killed one more line of defense of our elections: The Federal Elections Commission

 
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The Federal Election Commission became toothless this week, incapable of enforcing election law, with the resignation of its vice chairman, Matthew Petersen. The FEC no longer has enough commissioners to gather the legal minimum of four members for a quorum, meaning it can’t make decisions. Who’s to thank for that? Who else? Moscow Mitch McConnell.

The FEC was formed in 1974 by the Federal Election Campaign Act, which set contribution limits for individuals, political parties, and PACS. Commissioners from each party are nominated by the president and approved by the Senate for rotating six-year terms, and no party is allowed to hold a working majority of seats. Nominees are traditionally appointed in pairs: one Democrat, one Republican. Their six-year terms are staggered so two members—one Democrat and one Republican—complete their terms every two years. Theoretically. The catch is that, if no successor is confirmed, the commissioners stay on indefinitely, as long as they are willing.

Since McConnell—who has built his latter career on destroying campaign finance law—became majority leader in 2015, not a single commissioner has been confirmed. His opposition stretches back to his time as minority leader as well. In 2009, President Obama nominated labor lawyer John J. Sullivan for a seat. He received a unanimous vote from the Senate Rules Committee in June of that year, and then … never got a vote. He withdrew his nomination a little more than a year later because the Senate wasn’t going to vote on it. Because McConnell wouldn’t work with Obama to name a companion Republican nominee, and Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold—the campaign finance dynamic duo—filibustered.

So what does that mean now? The FEC can’t “conduct meetings … slap political scofflaws with fines … make rules … conduct audits and approve them … vote on the outcome of investigations.” What its staff can continue to do is “post campaign finance reports and attend to day-to-day functions,” but “the commission itself can’t offer official advice to politicians and political committees who seek it.” In the words of Adav Noti, a former associate counsel at the FEC, what they can do “in absence of a quorum is push paper around. … Literally.”


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Nice sharrblue
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Makes total sence

Ineffective waste of money
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Makes total sence

Ineffective waste of money
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Protecting our elections from fraud and tampering is a waste of money?
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell squashed two bills intended to ensure voting security on Thursday, just one day after former special counsel Robert Mueller warned that Russians were attempting to sabotage the 2020 presidential elections "as we sit here."

McConnell said he wouldn't allow a vote on the bills because they were "so partisan," but, as previously reported, earlier this year McConnell received a slew of donations from four of the top voting machine lobbyists in the country.

The plans would likely burden the two largest electronic voting machine vendors in the United States, Election Systems & Software and Dominion Voting Systems, with new regulations and financial burdens. Together, the companies make up about 80 percent of all voting machines used in the country and both have far-reaching lobbying arms in Washington D.C. Many of those lobbyists have contributed to the McConnell campaign.

Thursday's first bill, presented by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer would authorize $775 million to bolster election security and require states to keep paper trails of all votes cast. The second, presented by Senator Richard Blumenthal, would require political candidates and their staff and family members to notify the FBI about any offers of assistance from foreign governments.

McConnell blocked both of them from a Senate vote.

McConnell's actions seemed even more out of balance with his party, as the Senate Intelligence Committee⁠—led by Republicans⁠—released a report later on Thursday claiming Russians have targeted voting systems in all 50 states in 2016.

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We need to run all the vote records through E-verify to make sure they are citizens . Next we need voter ID .
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That weasel ( my apologies to weasels)
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We need to run all the vote records through E-verify to make sure they are citizens . Next we need voter ID .
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The Election Security Bill that Moscow Mitch killed would have required a paper trail for all voting machines. That would have helped.
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Fuck you
Mr "AlterNet" Cocksucker!
Take that Moscow bs and shove it up HRCs cunt
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Moscow Mitch is a treasonous cunt. He's on the take from Russians who sent 200 million to open an aluminum plant in the crooked bastards district. He wants Putin to have the leisure of choosing our president.
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Didn’t Moscow Clinton sell our uranium to Russia?
AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!
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Didn’t Moscow Clinton sell our uranium to Russia?
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the actual fact is they were sold spent fuel that they specialize in refining. To us it was nuclear waste
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Seems the socialists are a bit alarmed that another socialist propaganda arm got Shutdown

Just scroll back up and look at the little temper tantrums
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Didn’t Moscow Clinton sell our uranium to Russia?
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the actual fact is they were sold spent fuel that they specialize in refining. To us it was nuclear waste
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Yah...taken freshly out of the Wyoming Mines that Russia controls through a Canadian Congalmerant
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Didn’t Moscow Clinton sell our uranium to Russia?
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the actual fact is they were sold spent fuel that they specialize in refining. To us it was nuclear waste
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Yah...taken freshly out of the Wyoming Mines that Russia controls through a Canadian Congalmerant
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wtf are you babbling about?
proof?
thought not
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The ones that certified Obama without a birth certificate?

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...and nothing of value was lost.
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We need to run all the vote records through E-verify to make sure they are citizens . Next we need voter ID .
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The Election Security Bill that Moscow Mitch killed would have required a paper trail for all voting machines. That would have helped.
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Yeah but Moscow Mitch profited handsomely from it.

Thread: Report: MITCH MCCONNELL RECEIVED DONATIONS FROM VOTING MACHINE LOBBYISTS BEFORE BLOCKING ELECTION SECURITY BILLS
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FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION TO EFFECTIVELY SHUT DOWN. NOW WHAT?

This means the agency that enforces and regulates the nation’s campaign finance laws will effectively shut down — something that hasn’t happened since 2008 — because it won’t have the legal minimum of four commissioners to make high-level decisions.

For now, the FEC can’t conduct meetings.

It can’t slap political scofflaws with fines.

It can’t make rules.

It can’t conduct audits and approve them.

It can’t vote on the outcome of investigations.

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This all sounds like good news for Moscow Mitch and his campaign contribution gravy train.
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The Federal Election Commission became toothless this week, incapable of enforcing election law, with the resignation of its vice chairman, Matthew Petersen. The FEC no longer has enough commissioners to gather the legal minimum of four members for a quorum, meaning it can’t make decisions. Who’s to thank for that? Who else? Moscow Mitch McConnell.

The FEC was formed in 1974 by the Federal Election Campaign Act, which set contribution limits for individuals, political parties, and PACS. Commissioners from each party are nominated by the president and approved by the Senate for rotating six-year terms, and no party is allowed to hold a working majority of seats. Nominees are traditionally appointed in pairs: one Democrat, one Republican. Their six-year terms are staggered so two members—one Democrat and one Republican—complete their terms every two years. Theoretically. The catch is that, if no successor is confirmed, the commissioners stay on indefinitely, as long as they are willing.

Since McConnell—who has built his latter career on destroying campaign finance law—became majority leader in 2015, not a single commissioner has been confirmed. His opposition stretches back to his time as minority leader as well. In 2009, President Obama nominated labor lawyer John J. Sullivan for a seat. He received a unanimous vote from the Senate Rules Committee in June of that year, and then … never got a vote. He withdrew his nomination a little more than a year later because the Senate wasn’t going to vote on it. Because McConnell wouldn’t work with Obama to name a companion Republican nominee, and Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold—the campaign finance dynamic duo—filibustered.

So what does that mean now? The FEC can’t “conduct meetings … slap political scofflaws with fines … make rules … conduct audits and approve them … vote on the outcome of investigations.” What its staff can continue to do is “post campaign finance reports and attend to day-to-day functions,” but “the commission itself can’t offer official advice to politicians and political committees who seek it.” In the words of Adav Noti, a former associate counsel at the FEC, what they can do “in absence of a quorum is push paper around. … Literally.”


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Funny how the Democrats are so concerned about the Russians now but in 2016 when Obama was warned he and the Democrats laughed it off

So for them and you as a liberal to attack mitch when you didnt give a fuck in 2016
Is fucking stupid

The reason they didnt do anything in 2016 is because they bnb needed a backup plan in case trump won, blame the russians

And it's exactly what they did
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We need to run all the vote records through E-verify to make sure they are citizens . Next we need voter ID .
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The Election Security Bill that Moscow Mitch killed would have required a paper trail for all voting machines. That would have helped.
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So why does a Senate Bill need to be passed for the States to do this. Everybody should demand this of the public officials or put them in gosh dang stocks in the town square till they do. All better :)
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Re: Moscow Mitch has effectively killed one more line of defense of our elections: The Federal Elections Commission
The ones that certified Obama without a birth certificate?

byekitty
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Yes, like everything they do, they pnly have so long before they've corrupted and all used it so much it doesnt even work for them anymore. Thats why all their talk is shite - they are the last people who could make any "utopia", they're all theiving fkrs that eat their own areses out from under them. Kakocracy.

...and nothing of value was lost.
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If only we could lose BEIJING mitch
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"The Federal Election Commission"

Commissions are only as good as the men running them. So ask yourself, how has the last 5-6 administrations performed? With honesty? Regan was the best, had some great men working for him, but he was stuck in mud because he didn't have the Internet on his side.

Closing this could be a good thing. One less avenue to pay off or bribe
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The FEC ignored the Hillary campaign and Democrat party's frequent and clear FEC violations. Parisian voter registration for example they did nothing. Democrat voter registration drives straight up raided by state police for fraud. FEC nothing,,, they are always toothless and in the tank for the Democrats

so nobody cares
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The FEC ignored the Hillary campaign and Democrat party's frequent and clear FEC violations. Parisian voter registration for example they did nothing. Democrat voter registration drives straight up raided by state police for fraud. FEC nothing,,, they are always toothless and in the tank for the Democrats

so nobody cares
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bumphf
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Didn’t Moscow Clinton sell our uranium to Russia?
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the actual fact is they were sold spent fuel that they specialize in refining. To us it was nuclear waste
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Hillary Clinton got $145 million as a bribe. Do you usually defend criminals?
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Makes total sence

Ineffective waste of money
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Protecting our elections from fraud and tampering is a waste of money?
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Oh yeah? You want to protect from people voting Democrat?
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More people need to know how terrible a person he is.

Vote Amy McGrath 2020. Fuck this prick in his turtle ass
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The FEC ignored the Hillary campaign and Democrat party's frequent and clear FEC violations. Parisian voter registration for example they did nothing. Democrat voter registration drives straight up raided by state police for fraud. FEC nothing,,, they are always toothless and in the tank for the Democrats

so nobody cares
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By law, the FEC commission is made up of six members, who are appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate.

No more than three commissioners can be members of the same political party, and at least four votes are required for any official commission action.
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Didn’t Moscow Clinton sell our uranium to Russia?
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the actual fact is they were sold spent fuel that they specialize in refining. To us it was nuclear waste
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bsflag
Who is John Galt?
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Moscow mitch doesn't seem accurate, maybe china mitch?





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