Vatic Note: This is so blatant, that indeed, I do believe a special prosecutor should be appointed. Is there one that I trust? Is there one that will stand against the globalists? It may well be, that we have to have one of our neighbors run for President and make a commitment to ourselves that NO PROFESSIONAL POLITICIAN should be elected to public office. Only then can we be sure that the "right" thing will be done.
If there is an assassination AGAIN then at least we know who did the first one now and we can go after them for the next one, if it occurs. We have to do something if we are to send a message that justice must never be ignored and make that clear as Iceland did, which I now realize was exceedingly brave of them as a nation. They proved it can be done. Read this below, and we all know who the Koch brothers are and what foreign entity they represent.
Koch-Connected Nonprofits Use ‘Dark Money’ to Fight Political Disclosure
As the Internal Revenue Service contemplates new rules to illuminate “dark money” in politics, a little-known nonprofit group is fighting back using money traceable to billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, drug makers and the cable television industry.
The group, American Commitment, received 87 percent of its $13
million in funding between 2011 and 2013 from three Koch-connected
nonprofits: the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Center to Protect
Patient Rights and Free Enterprise America, according to tax filings
reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.
The Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce—which has been called “the Koch brothers’ secret bank” by Politico—has given $6.4 million to American Commitment, including $140,000 in 2013, according to tax records.
The Center to Protect Patient Rights—headed by Koch-connected political consultant Sean Noble—contributed about $4.8 million to American Commitment in 2012.
And another Koch network group headed by Noble, Free Enterprise America, contributed $103,000 to American Commitment in 2011—nearly half of the $216,500 American Commitment reported raising that year.
Meanwhile, additional tax records show two major trade associations
are also among American Commitment’s donors: the Pharmaceutical Research
and Manufacturers of America and the National Cable and
Telecommunications Association, both of which share policy positions
with American Commitment.
In 2013, PhRMA contributed $50,000 to American Commitment. That’s up
from the $25,000 the drug lobby group gave in 2012. And the National
Cable and Telecommunications Association has contributed $20,000 to
American Commitment—$10,000 in both 2012 and 2013.
Donors to American Commitment
As a “social welfare” nonprofit organized under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the
tax code, American Commitment is not required to publicly disclose its
donors, even though it overtly supports political candidates.
But separate IRS filings show the bulk of American Commitment’s money
has come from these nonprofits, which are legally required to disclose
grants they provide to other nonprofit organizations.
American Commitment itself disclosed, as required by law, that in
2013, it received between $100,000 and $150,000 each from four unnamed
Together, those four donors—one of which appears to have been the
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce—accounted for half of American
Commitment’s $1 million in income last year, according to records filed with the IRS earlier this week.
Led by Phil Kerpen—a veteran of
Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth and the Cato
Institute—American Commitment has vigorously opposed efforts to force
donor disclosure on social welfare nonprofit groups.
It has derided liberal politicians for what it calls “shameful
efforts to amend the Constitution to empower politicians to regulate
political speech” and “backdoor regulatory efforts to limit the First
Amendment at federal agencies.”
Earlier this year, after the IRS unveiled a proposal to regulate
politically active nonprofits organized under Sec. 501(c)(4) of the tax
code, American Commitment co-wrote a letter to the agency’s commissioner calling for the new rules to be “withdrawn and abandoned.”
According to its website,
it’s also helped thousands of people flood the inboxes of their
lawmakers with the message: “Don’t let the IRS gut the First Amendment!”
Given its involvement in elections, American Commitment ranks high
among social welfare nonprofits that would be affected by any new IRS
rules governing so-called dark money—cash from publicly undisclosed
donors used to boost or bash political candidates.
Ahead of the 2014 midterms, American Commitment promoted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis of North Carolina in radio ads. In 2013, it backed Republican
US Senate candidate Steve Lonegan in his race against Democrat Cory
Booker. And Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was among politicians American
Commitment supported in 2012.
Campaign finance reform activists for years have called upon the tax agency to take a more aggressive stance regarding
politically active nonprofits, which gained the ability to fund
advertisements explicitly calling for the election or defeat of
lawmakers in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010.
Groups such as Crossroads GPS on the right, which was co-founded by GOP strategist Karl Rove, and Patriot Majority USA on
the left, which is run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
(D-NV) have proliferated—all while legally keeping their donors’ names
The IRS—which, earlier this year, postponed a public hearing on its highly contentious plan—has vowed to issue a new draft of proposed regulations for social welfare nonprofits in early 2015.
Industry lobbying groups such as PhRMA and the National Cable and
Telecommunications Association (NCTA) have also found an ally in
One of NCTA’s top issues: opposing “Net neutrality” policies that
would regulate the Internet like a utility—a move the trade group says would be “disastrous.”
American Commitment’s Kerpen, meanwhile, has argued that “regulating and taxing the Internet is obviously a terrible idea.” Joy Sims, an NCTA spokeswoman, declined to comment about the group’s donation to American Commitment.
American Commitment further describes itself as
“committed to fully repealing” President Barack Obama’s health care law
and replacing it in a way that “empowers patients and doctors” and
unleashes “American ingenuity and creativity to cure diseases.”
Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for PhRMA—which supported the passage of Obama’s Affordable Care Act but has also funneled money to groups like
American Commitment that want it scrapped—aid the trade group often
gives out money to “organizations that share PhRMA’s goals of improving
the quality of patients’ lives” and “supporting the discovery of new
treatments and cures.”
Other donors to American Commitment remain unknown—exactly how the group wants them to be.
“We agree with the Warren Court’s landmark 1958 ruling in NAACP v.
Alabama that protecting the privacy of our members is critical to their
core First Amendment rights of free speech and free association,” Kerpen
wrote in an email to the Center for Public Integrity.
(Update, 7:02 p.m., Nov. 20: This story has been updated to include Kerpen’s reference to the NAACP v. Alabama case.)
In recent years, the American Future Fund has spent tens of millions of dollars advocating against federal lawmakers, including about $81,000 in late 2013 against Rep. Collin Peterson, the ranking Democratic member of the House Agriculture Committee.
Like American Commitment, it has done so without disclosing its funders.
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