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  •  I don't think there are any legal foreign (8+ / 0-)

    contributions to political organizations. Just found this article that says that abuses are a big possibility since the Citizens United ruling, because there is so much money involved:

    Election law experts who grappled with the last major foreign donation scandal in the 1990s said there are too many similarities between that era and the current rise of the super PACs. Joseph Sandler, a longtime Democratic Party election lawyer, said both periods have featured massive amounts of available campaign money, political organizations eager to stock their war chests and lax regulations unable to curb abuses.

    In the years leading up to the 1996 presidential campaign, fundraisers working for Chinese government interests took advantage of those weaknesses to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal donations to the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign. The scandal spawned Senate and House investigations and led to criminal prosecutions that convicted 22 defendants.

    Sandler, who worked on internal DNC reforms afterwards, said super PACs appear ripe for similar abuses.

    "I think there's a consensus that we don't want foreign nationals influencing our elections," he said. "What I'd be worried about now is the same big money and failed vetting that we saw in the late `90s. All the warning signs are there."

    Super PAC Foreign Donations A Risk In 2012 Presidential Election

    I don't know about the NAACP. I searched, but couldn't find any articles about it.

    For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

    by hungrycoyote on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 02:45:08 AM PDT

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