Posts Tagged ‘graft’


Funding an aggressive empire intent on ruling the world is expensive.  This is the price of global domination.

Share This Chart With Anyone That Believes The US Economy Is Not Going To Crash


The linked article tries to blame everything on the government (which is a typical extreme right anti-government slant), without acknowledging the collusion, the corruption with big capital and the elite who currently control the government in their own interests.  So there’s one more chart to add to this little party.

This is what kakistocracy looks like:

“Average income of top 0.01 percent of U.S. families as a multiple of average income of the bottom 90 percent of U.S. families”





“Citizens United” decision challenged. Corporate personhood should be outlawed if this bill becomes law. I’m not a lawyer, and the complexity of affecting these changes may not be so readily apparent.  Here is the petition.

House Joint Resolution 29 introduced February 14, 2013

Section 1. [Artificial Entities Such as Corporations Do Not Have Constitutional Rights]

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law, and shall not be construed to be inherent or inalienable.

Section 2. [Money is Not Free Speech]

Federal, State, and local government shall regulate, limit, or prohibit contributions and expenditures, including a candidate’s own contributions and expenditures, to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their economic status, have access to the political process, and that no person gains, as a result of their money, substantially more access or ability to influence in any way the election of any candidate for public office or any ballot measure.

Federal, State, and local government shall require that any permissible contributions and expenditures be publicly disclosed.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment.


Represent.Us: Uniting To End Government Corruption

Sign your name, and learn more. www.Represent.Us
For details about the Act, visit:

I hesitated to post this because the actual text was not easily found on either of their two websites.  I emailed the campaign to inquire.  Josh Silver from “United Republic” sent me a link to the document (full text of act).

I noticed that it restricts various categories of corrupt behavior.  Good.

I also noticed that it actually raises the minimum amount of money required before lobbyists must register.  This I found very confusing.  Here is my email exchange with the campaign:


What’s the meaning of this? It looks like it’s making it less strict not more:

2. Registration Thresholds/Who Must Register and File Reports
• Lobbying firm
 Current law: $3,000 in lobbying income in calendar quarter.
AACA: $10,000 in lobbying income in calendar quarter.
• Client of Lobbying Firm
 Current law: $3,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
 AACA: $10,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
• Self-Lobbying Organization
 Current law: $10,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
 AACA: $30,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.

Why would a law about ending corruption be less strict about registering lobbyists?


Dear Joe,

Thanks very much for writing in with your concern. I apologize for the delay, but you have a great question and I wanted to check in with the team who wrote the Act to make sure I gave you a thoughtful response back.

This is what they told me:

You are correct that we are increasing the monetary thresholds for lobbyist registration. We did this because we are significantly expanding the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (the Act that regulates lobbying on the federal level) in other areas, and we want to make sure that the AACA does not cause small charities and nonprofits to abandon their lobbying efforts. More specifically, under the AACA, more activities will count as lobbying, and it will be much harder for individuals to avoid registering as lobbyists because even supervising others’ lobbying efforts will require registration. The AACA will also significantly increase the disclosure requirements for people who have to register. For example, under the AACA they will have to disclose the specific Members of Congress lobbied. We met with the leaders of many nonprofits while we were crafting the AACA. They expressed concern that these expanded registration and disclosure requirements might cause some smaller nonprofits to completely abandon their lobbying efforts, because it would cost too much to comply with the expanded registration and disclosure requirements. We did not want that to happen. So, under the AACA, these groups will not have to register unless they spend $10,000 or more in a calendar quarter to hire a lobbying firm, or spend $30,000 in a quarter to pay their own employees to lobby on their behalf.

Please let me know if this has answered your question or if I can help you with anything else.

Allison and the campaign team


It’s the only game in town right now to directly address the corruption of the US government.  So I signed the petition and posted the video.