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[News] Political AstroTurfing at Stake as Role of Legalised Bribery (Lobbying) is Debated

  • Subject: [News] Political AstroTurfing at Stake as Role of Legalised Bribery (Lobbying) is Debated
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:10:51 +0100
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Federal Appeals Court Voids Campaign Finance Reform Rules

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| "The First Amendment, as the Court has construed it, safeguards 
| the right of citizens to band together and pool their resources . 
| . . to express their views about policy issues and candidates for 
| public office," Kavanaugh wrote in his 44-page opinion.
| A FEC spokeswoman, Judith Ingram, said officials were reviewing 
| the opinion.
| The challenge by Emily's List is just one of several assaults on 
| campaign finance laws and regulations in the courts. Last week, in 
| a case with high stakes for campaign finance advocates, the 
| Supreme Court heard arguments in an appeal that seeks to strip 
| decades of restrictions on corporate support of candidates.
| "We in the reform community are seeking attacks on all fronts of 
| campaign finance laws," said Tara Malloy, associate counsel at the 
| Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit group that supports campaign 
| finance reform.
| Friday's ruling will be felt next year and in 2012, the experts 
| said. 



Federal Judge Issues Blistering Decision on Failure of SEC to Police Banksters: Oscar Wilde Weighs In

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| As reported previously, the court was weighing the
| appropriateness of a $33 million fine the SEC levied against
| BofA for failing to notify shareholders about a massive bonus
| package paid to Merrill Lynch executives when BofA acquired
| Merrill in September of 2008.


Lobbyists urge FCC to loosen up

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| US wireless lobbyist The CTIA is drawing on UK regulator Ofcom's
| research to convince the FCC that an unregulated market is a competitive
| market.


Connected Nation One Link To Derail New Broadband Policy -- Connect The Dots

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| Starting this week (Sept. 10), the House Telecom Subcommittee is going
| to start looking at the broadband stimulus program and, perhaps next
| week, examine how the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is doing
| under the new management. The national broadband plan, required under
| the Federal stimulus program, should also be a topic of discussion when
| the Subcommittee holds an oversight hearing.


FCC Canât Even Figure Out How To Stream Its Own Meetings Properly

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| Youâd think that in 2009, when global networks are handling exabytes of data
| in a single day and OC192 fiber optic connections crisscross the planet, the
| FCC â the most important communications agency in the United States â would
| at least be able to use modern technology to stream its own public meetings.

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