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Thursday, October 7, 2010
As you may have heard by now, or maybe you've been under a rock of late, the U.S Chamber of Commerce is accepting foreign bills and lumping it in it's "general accounting" fund, and then dispersing these said funds to "Republican" interest around the country. The USCC is the biggest donor to the Republicans, besides Rupert Murdoch CEO of Fox News.
The biggest attack against the Democrats is being waged by the USCC a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors. The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending. A ThinkProgress investigation has found that the Chamber funds its political attack campaign out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding. And while the Chamber will likely assert it has internal controls, foreign money is fungible, permitting the Chamber to run its unprecedented attack campaign. According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.
The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) is the world's largest not-for-profit lobbying group, representing many businesses and associations across the United States of America. It is not an agency of the United States government. Very misleading with the name but as you shall see the USCC is a outside the box with their ideology and business protocol.
The Chamber is staffed with policy specialists, lobbyists and lawyers. It is known for spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis. Their Mission Statement is to "To advance human progress through an economic, political and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility."
The Chamber is not without controversy either, since April of 2009 the USCC has had plenty of black eyes. These controversies are;
In April 2009, the Chamber began an ad campaign against the proposed Employee Free Choice Act. Critics such as the National Association of Manufacturers have contended that additional use of card check elections will lead to overt coercion on the part of union organizers. Opponents of the Employee Free Choice Act also claim, referring to perceived lack of access to a secret ballot, that the measure would not protect employee privacy. Hence they claim the act will reduce workers' rights. The act is widely supported by organized labor.
In October, 2009, The Yes Men activist group held a fake press conference pretending to represent the Chamber and promising a complete reversal on the already sensitive climate change policy. The Chamber subsequently filed suit against that activist group.
It has been reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has falsely inflated the number of members. The Chamber says this is a "misunderstanding of the U.S. Chamber's structure".
In November 2009, The U. S. Chamber of Commerce was reported to be seeking to spend $50,000 to hire a "respected economist" to produce a study that could be used to portray health-care legislation as a job killer and threat to the nation's economy. James P. Gelfand, the author of the e-mail detailing this project, assumes ahead of time that the study will reach such a conclusion.
In December 2009, activist group Velvet Revolution, under the name StopTheChamber, posted a $200,000 reward for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donahue". When this fact was reported by Fox News, the group reported receiving death threats.
and the big hitter; foreign funding of US political campaigns
In October 2010, it is reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has obtained donations from foreign businesses and foreign governments to advance its political interests. A Think Progress report found that the US Chamber pays for political advertising out of its general account. This is the same account that has accepted at least $300,000 from foreign corporate members of the Chamber based in Bahrain and India, and the Chamber has many more foreign corporate members worldwide. Think Progress warned that foreign funds may be being used by the Chamber to defeat Democratic candidates. The MoveOn.org advocacy organization asked the Department of Justice to investigate the matter. The US Chamber denied the allegations, saying they had a "system in place" to ensure that overseas money is not used illegally. The US Chamber did not provide any explanation of that system. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said, "It's time the Chamber of Commerce answered a very basic question: Since when do they believe that large undisclosed corporate interests and companies in China, Russia and the Middle East should help choose America's leaders?" A White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Chamber’s failure to disclose the companies donating to its political advertising was his concern. “The donors that have gone into contributing to those ads, the identity of those individuals or groups should be known.”
Foot Note: Just this past summer the Republicans struck down a bill that would allow and ensure that "TRANSPARENCY" was invoked to these less than shady " not-for-profit lobbying groups. In essence the bill would require groups like the USCC to disclose whom is giving the funds and where all these funds where distributed, not just say we segregate our "general account".
Congress needs to re-address this issue ASAP and ensure that these books are open for all to see. The tea bagger screams "transparency" often, yet they couldn't pass legislation to babysit the corrupt or the less than ethical. Why, because you don't bite the hand that feeds you. Christine O'Donnell speaks of "back door politics", Glenn Beckistan states today that the U.S. is conforming to "Fabian Socialism" (quickly, Fabian's are a British socialist movement, whose purpose is to advance the principles of socialism via gradualist and reformist, rather than revolutionary, means. It is best known for its initial ground-breaking work beginning late in the 19th century and continuing up to World War I.)
Is taking monies from China, Middle East, Russia Fabian Socialism, or back door politics?
Glenn Beckistan just had a march on "Restoring Honor". WTF! Maybe the extremist tea bagger has a different definition of what honor is. Honor is defined as is the evaluation of a person's trustworthiness and social status based on that individuals espousal's and actions. Honor is deemed exactly what determines a person's character: whether or not the person reflects honesty, respect, integrity, or fairness.
NFTOS unequivocally states that if the USCC is taking foreign funds and re-distributing them to the Republicans they should be held to highest accountability of the law. A full investigation should ensue immediately, and let the chips fall where they may!
Yes, Dana Loesch is the "literal definition of shrill"! Yes readers, this gal is a "Republican" as well, and as you can see she will place the butcher knife in her own parties back quicker than you can blink. This very anger she emits in this video is the same gal on PJTV, Rupert Murdoch TV (AKA Fox News), and now to be subject matter expert on ABC news with Sawyer and Stephanopoulos.
As we see from the video Dana is speaking too about 5 St. Louis voters going to the court house to pay their parking fine.
We realize here at NFTOS that we give this tool way to much print. But she is the master at irritating, and she certainly grates us here at the horseshoe. We have searched and searched for an honest background check on her, and the only things that come up are self written blurbs by Dana herself.
Here is Dana's professional bio published by her on a plethora of websites;
"Dana Loesch blogs at Mamalogues.com, is a television commentator, and hosts her own radio show, The Dana Show, on KFTK FM news talk 97.1. Her show is #1 in its afternoon market. She has written for corporate parenting communities and major-market publications. She was named the Riverfront Times Best Columnist of 2007 for her popular newspaper column on motherhood and she was selected as one of St. Louis's "30 Under 30″ by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2008. In May 2009 she was named as one of the top 50 most powerful moms online by Nielsen and made their top 16 power list. Dana blogs for Momversation, contributes to Big Government and Big Journalism, substitutes for national radio programs, and appears regularly on Fox News and CNN. Dana and her husband, Chris, and their two young sons live in St. Louis City."
She also states that she has multiple tats and piercings and is a "recovering potty mouth".
We can say that she still drops a plethora of "WTF" on her Internet rhetoric.
NFTOS found five eloquent quotes by Loesch while she attended the "smart girl summit", which has to be the biggest oxymoron for Dana.
5) "I look at it like this: My husband can't slap a girl, but I can. That's why we're all here."
4) “I've had threats against my kids. I've had death threats. I've had to have 24-hour security outside of my house simply because I say things like 'I like the Constitution.’"
3) "My husband and I were laughing because a liberal online told me, 'You're a conservative woman. You just like to fight for your inheritance.' I drive a 9-year old car. I don't have an inheritance. That's why I'm a conservative woman."
2) "I am all about liberating women from the bondage of voting for one particular party. That's not what feminism is about."
1) "I will not have my sons grow up in a world where the new original sin is being a man."
NFTOS in know way supports threats, but should this gal be shocked about quote number 4? And while her reasoning for the hate against her is a little slighted and utter BS, I think readers can analyze from the above video that dear Dana might be a little angry. And this very emotion trickles down to those whom follow her via Murdoch News, her blog, and or any other vehicle she distrubes her banter to.
At the end of the day Dana has little say in politics, America, and how the future of our country is shaped. She is the pawn and minion for the 'axis of idiots' and "know nothings"!
Dana is often rattling off the predictable drivel of lower taxes, smaller government and the "intent of the founding fathers on mainstream media. We here at NFTOS hope Dana keeps going on cable news shows and continues talking about how she would like to abolish Social Security. It's almost as if she's a double agent working for the Democratic party from inside the tea bagger movement.
The mentality of Loesch is know better than the other hate radio show host like Beck, and Limbaugh etc. Dana is really so far out of her element, it would appear that Dana is a trained circus monkey who parrots what she obviously hears on right-wing shows more popular than her own-she's also a tool who calls callers "pricks" and hangs up them when they corner her with logic.
Having heard her tonight filling in for Dr. Michael Savage show (this is the first time NFTOS has heard any radio rhetoric from Loesch) and true to form she sounded and spoke like that of someone with a tenth grade education. Surpise, not to these bloggers. West Media CEO Roger West often speaks on how he'd love to "debate" real policy with Loesch, but this would mean getting down to her level, which is interrupt often, quoting half truths, and speaking on a 8th grade level. Quoting West "I never really cared for getting into politics, it was only when the likes of Loesch and her bansheed pact of screwballs started bashing the Democrates, is what left me little choice but to step into the fray".
We here at NFTOS stress higher education and fully believe that its the least path of resistance to a). a better self, and b). a better America.
Is Dana the new face or voice of the right wing extremist? Not for us to say, but, if white trash, tattooed, un-educated, hillbillies need a poster gal, Dana would be our first recommendation!