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  •  and if you're right (1+ / 0-)
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    floydgrant

    and the wishes and intentions are signaled and those signals are received, then pretending that these are "independent" expenditures remains untenable as the CSM made clear.

    "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

    by joey c on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:12:40 PM PST

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    •  What they made clear - it's all perfectly legal! (1+ / 0-)
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      majyqman

      And they don't seem to think it's untenable.

      The law says candidates cannot “coordinate” with super PACs. That means they cannot request, assent to, or suggest any super PAC activities.

      But there is a loophole, or, as Colbert called it, a “loop-chasm.” A candidate can talk to his associated super PAC via the media. And the super PAC can listen, like everybody else.

      “I can’t tell you [what to do]. But I can tell everyone through television,” said Colbert on Stewart’s Comedy Central Show. “And if you happen to be watching, I can’t prevent that.”

      Stewart then played a clip of Newt Gingrich calling on his super PAC to scrub ads attacking Mitt Romney for possible inaccuracies.

      Stewart and Colbert then talked to elections lawyer Trevor Potter – who is the attorney for both Colbert’s exploratory committee and the super PAC – through the same phone. Stewart said he’d bought air time in South Carolina, and so on, and Colbert just said he couldn’t coordinate, but smiled or frowned, depending on which city the ad time was in. Columbia, no. Charleston, yes!

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:21:14 PM PST

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      •  which goes back to my original point: (0+ / 0-)

        the fact that our judiciary has signed off on this is a travesty and marks them as being of less than sterling character, to put it as gently as possible. People with integrity would never let this stand, and that goes for our elected officials and indeed our citizenry as well as our judiciary.

        "You try to vote or participate in the government/ and the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans" ~ Kweli -8.00, -6.56

        by joey c on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 10:54:11 AM PST

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