May the many choose to be one?

By   /  December 30, 2014  /  Florida, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 6 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception   By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org Campaign finance regulation has always been a threat to free speech. Dark money regulation is a different kind of danger. For the zealots, ridding the world of dark money means sunlight and transparency, a […]

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Insiders craft speech rules to trap outsiders

By   /  December 29, 2014  /  Free Speech, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 5 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception   By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org The Texas Ethics Commission recently approved new political speech regulations aimed at “dark money.” The commission and the media have presented the new rules as a corrective by sensible moderates forcing shady political extremists to […]

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Politicians ‘disinfect’ citizenry with dark money rules

By   /  December 28, 2014  /  California, Florida, Massachusetts, Montana, National, News, Ohio, Politics & Elections, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Part 4 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception   By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org “Sunlight,” Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote, “is said to be the best of disinfectants.” You’ll find the quote in the first sentence of the latest federal appeals court ruling on political speech, […]

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Speech regulators fine woman over Facebook post

By   /  December 27, 2014  /  Colorado, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 3 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org Never in a million years did Diana Hsieh think she could be fined by the state of Colorado for a political Facebook post. However Orwellian that sounds, had Hsieh posted in Texas she wouldn’t have […]

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They didn’t call it dark money when the other side was burning crosses

By   /  December 26, 2014  /  Alabama, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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If you wanted to keep the black man down, you needed to know who was uppity, whose lawn to burn a cross on, whose church to hit with a firebomb.

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‘Invalid’ dark money rules threaten grassroots politics

By   /  December 25, 2014  /  Colorado, National, News, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Part 1 of 6 in the series A License to Speak: The Dark Money Deception   By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org You can find the truth about “dark money” just outside Denver, in the unincorporated neighborhood of Parker North, Colorado, home to a records management consultant named Karen Sampson. Sampson is no shadowy billionaire political puppet master, but […]

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