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Citizens United has consequences.  Anyone recall HOW Ron Johnson (I-hate-Unions), replaced Senator Russ Feingold, in the once-very-progressive state of Wisconsin?

Three words: "Citizens United Money"


Well, they're fixing to do it again -- this time in the great bell-weather state of Ohio.


Ohio's Bruising Senate Fight

by Mark Niquette, Bloomberg, businessweek.com -- Sep 20, 2012

For a display of the power of unlimited spending in politics, take a look at Ohio, where a barrage of television advertising is threatening to sweep away Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. His Republican challenger, first-term State Treasurer Josh Mandel, trailed by as many as 14 percentage points this past May, yet two recent polls show the candidates in a statistical tie.

The gap narrowed after $18 million was spent on TV ads supporting Mandel. Much of the money came from independent groups, including Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, which under the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision can spend without limits on campaigns. Ohio, a bellwether in the presidential election, is also a linchpin in the Republican effort to take control of the Senate.
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A total of 38,382 TV commercials aired in the race from July 2011 to Sept. 17 -- 27,483 of them for Mandel, 10,899 for Brown -- according to Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks advertising. [...] In the Senate race, Mandel has aired the most ads, 7,238, followed by 6,855 from Crossroads GPS and 6,472 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Brown’s campaign has aired 5,633 spots.

Says Brown: “This wouldn’t be a race at all if it weren’t for the millions of dollars against me from outside, undisclosed interest groups.” For Mandel’s part, he says he’s embarrassed for Brown. “He’s a sitting U.S. senator, and it seems that he’s just stuck on whining.”


Citizen United is giving a Mega-megaphone to someone seeking the Ohio Senate seat -- someone who probably isn't even qualified to be county dog catcher, given his recent dodgy track record.



Josh Mandel: The AWOL Watchdog


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Law & Order Political Crimes Unit: Josh Mandel Investigation


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Josh Mandel dodges question on Suarez campaign contributions


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Even "the Feds" are looking into HOW this Political Rookie is raking in SO Much Cash ... (Citizens United didn't obliterate every Campaign Finance law, it seems) ....


Campaign donations prompt FBI probe
Funds to Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci investigated

by Tony Cook, toledoblade.com --  5/21/2012

Large campaign contributions from a Northern Ohio businessman and his employees to U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel have prompted a federal investigation, the campaigns confirmed Monday.

The probe is centered around more than $200,000 in campaign contributions from employees at the Suarez Corporation, a Canton-based direct marketing firm owned by Benjamin Suarez, a frequent financial supporter of Republican causes. The Blade reported in August that 16 of the company’s employees and some of their spouses gave maximum allowable $5,000 contributions to one or both candidates. Many of the employees had never given to federal campaigns before, lived in modest homes, and held job titles such as “copywriter.”
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Here's an Oppo-site that might we worth a view or two:

American Bridge 21st Century


And here's a important Progressive Voice in the Senate, that Rove and Company are trying to unseat for another pledge-taking stooge ... (guess Crossroads can read the Romney-writing on the wall, eh?) ...


Sherrod Brown: The Servicemembers Protection Act


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Sherrod Brown: Preventative Health Care Coverage for Women


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Sherrod Brown: Ending Too Big To Fail


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Official YouTube Channel of Senator Sherrod Brown


Sherrod Brown's Campaign Site -- (Donate here)




Sherrod Brown Petition: OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED: A Constitutional Amendment


Democracy in Action -- takes concerned citizens taking a stand -- for who and what we believe in. In spite of those Millionaire-Money-Megaphones that would PAY Karl Rove -- to drown out our voices.  

Remember Russ Feingold ... and how Citizens United sent him packing. Let's not let it happen again -- Unchallenged.

Ever.



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  •  Saw a Crossroads Anti Obama Ad Last Night Here (4+ / 0-)
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    jamess, fumie, NormAl1792, MGross

    in OH too.

    They're going all in for Romney and Mandel, they're not writing off the state. The ads are devastating and they should be effective if there are voters to accept them.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:10:02 AM PDT

  •  OK (3+ / 0-)
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    I live in the Cleveland area and I don't think the ads are particularly devastating and that could be because I'm aware of the issues.

    Brown has been pretty sharp in countering those ads as well.  I don't know which polls of which you speak, but the last one I read showed Brown up by 9.

    Additionally, ANY media outlet that chooses to endorse Mandel will lose all credibility.  They are faced with a choice of offering no endorsement of either or selecting Brown.

    Brown also has the endorsement of the all-powerful policeman's union in the state.

    On this we can agree, however.  Nothing is a given.  WORK hard for Obama and Brown until midnight Nov. 7.

    Horse prom is black tie muthaf**ka - Jon Stewart

    by EntrWriter on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:25:54 AM PDT

    •  well (1+ / 0-)
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      I've seen Brown on the cables in recent days,

      discussing the money-tsunami being staged against him

      -- thus the motivation for my post today.  Sherrod was asking for help.  


      Regarding the poll, I have no first hand knowledge, and was simply citing the Bloomberg article.


      It's good to know, that knowledgeable Ohioans know the real score, EntrWriter.

      But, it's the uninformed ones that worry me though. That keep me posting, little-known info.


      Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
      -- Are you sure?

      by jamess on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:36:36 AM PDT

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    •  Agree... (3+ / 0-)

      ...nothing is a given. But, I think overall Sherrod is in pretty good shape. He does have better ads than Mandel, not to mention that he is simply a much better candidate. Mandel is a very unappealing candidate. My local newspaper, The Akron Beacon Journal, never misses an opportunity to expose Mandel's lack of ability and character.

      I will be out of town for two weeks starting next week, but I have already committed to working for Sherrod's campaign after we get back. He has a lot of very loyal supporters in the state. That said, any money anyone could spare for his campaign would be money well-spent. He is one of the few true progressives in the Senate and because of that he is target number one for the corporate-funded PACs.

      "...in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." Matt Taibbi

      by Getreal1246 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:43:10 AM PDT

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      •  Gee, Getreal (1+ / 0-)
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        Guess for whom I work :-)  

        Horse prom is black tie muthaf**ka - Jon Stewart

        by EntrWriter on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 02:18:57 PM PDT

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        •  I'm looking forward... (0+ / 0-)

          ...to helping out. When we get back from Europe I'm going to be volunteering in Summit Co. I decided the campaign that angered me the most is Sherrod's due to the incredible amount of money being used against him. The forces of evil just can't be allowed to get away with this. Looking forward to the little creep Mandel's concession speech.

          "...in a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy." Matt Taibbi

          by Getreal1246 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 07:09:49 PM PDT

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  •  I am all for Sherrod Brown (0+ / 0-)

    Democratic Senate Majority aside, I think he is a fantastic Senator.  It's like having a quasi-replacement for Russ Feingold back on our side.  He is definitely a man of the people and thinks about Big Solutions to the Big Problems.

    That said,

     No way in hell I am supporting an Amendment to the Constitution to address a single SCOTUS decision.  

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:37:16 AM PDT

    •  I'm surprised by that (1+ / 0-)
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      it is one Constitutional provided "check and balance"

      -- and a very steep one at that.  

      (2/3 of States with 3/4 of those State Congress' in favor of the Amendment)


      SCOTUS has too few things holding them "in check,"

      other than new {reversing} legislation, senate confirmations, and old age.

      What's to stop another Bush v Gore decision again?  Nothing.


      I frankly don't see 2/3 of the State stepping up, any time soon.  But having a proposed Amendment -- keeps the issue topical and in the news.
       


      Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
      -- Are you sure?

      by jamess on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:45:23 AM PDT

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      •  correction (0+ / 0-)
        In the first step, the proposed Amendment must find a national super majority of 67% in Congress, both House (people) and Senate (states). The second step requires a super-super 75% majority of the states ratifying, representing a majority of the people in the states ratifying. Congress determines whether the state legislatures or special state conventions ratify the amendment.[37]

        Sorry, for the mixed up stat's earlier -- my memory is not what it used to be.

        Still the steepness of the Amendment ratification is obvious -- it takes a sweeping national movement to push them through.


        SCOTUS decisions, by contrast, take only 5 votes.


        Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
        -- Are you sure?

        by jamess on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:52:31 AM PDT

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        •  Further Correction (0+ / 0-)
          SCOTUS has too few things holding them "in check,"

          other than new {reversing} legislation, senate confirmations, and old age.

          1.  "Reversing Legislation" doesn't exist.  SCOTUS rules on Constitutional Grounds. They overrule legislation, not the other way around.  You can try to write new laws that accommodate the grounds SCOTUS found to rule a law unconstitutional, but you can not override them or else your new law is equally Unconstitutional on its face.

          2.  You forget "standing" which prohibits the Supreme Court from being involved in anything but actual pressing matters of (usually Constitutional) law.  They can not hear moot cases, they do not offer opinions, they do not weigh in on debates, lower court cases, state level issues, pending legislation, etc.

          3.  The Appellate process - Barring a very rare instance where the SCOTUS dubs a case of National Importance (like settling an election result before Jan 20 to prevent the country from being leaderless), the SCOTUS does not weigh in until 2-4 other formal rulings have been made on a case.

          4.  Impeachment - Granted this has only happened once in the history of the US, it is a check and balance.

          5.  The things you DO list (Senate Confirmations, Old Age, etc) are actually things to PROTECT the Supreme Court.  There are very good reasons for having these people unelected and appointed for life.  This is something that IS a check (against political influence and societal whims) not something that needs to be checked.

          Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

          by Wisper on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:09:59 AM PDT

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      •  The Constitution is not a "check" or "balance" (1+ / 0-)
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        It is the very thing "Checks and Balances" are supposed ro PROTECT.

        SCOTUS rulings can be mitigated by new SCOTUS rulings.  There was a valid point in the Citizens United case, the consensus is that it was an overreach and failed to adequately take into consideration the opportunity for corruption and the damage of even the appearance of mass corruption.

        There is not a need for a Constitutional Amendment on this.  Draft new legislation (both Federal and State) and make an argument, allow it to be challenged and get it back into the Judicial Review process.  Montana tried this but took a very lazy approach (you can't just bring the exact same argument to the court as some kind of Judicial Mulligan).

        And if pot-simmering the idea of an Amendment process is the only vehicle you have to keep an issue in the public sphere, that is a strong sign that you are losing the argument anyway (See Marriage Equality).

        Note:  I know Obama made comments that a Constitutional Amendment might be required here, but if you read his actual comments he clarifies those statements with "assuming the Supreme Court will not revisit this issue".    They will... but on their own time and by proper procedure.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:58:21 AM PDT

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        •  Wisper - I don't think a new case (1+ / 0-)
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          jamess

          with the same five vote majority in place would change Citizens United. Kennedy, who is the swing vote, wrote the opinion.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:02:36 AM PDT

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          •  There have been some comments (1+ / 0-)
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            VClib

            from the Justices that the brazen appearance of mass corruption poses a large enough threat to Democracy that it should be considered in future rulings.

            It would depend on the law.  The 1st and 14th Amendments are very valid and set a very high bar to cross in any attempt to limit speech.

            But I an grateful for the fact that a limitation of speech must cross a very very high bar, regardless of the specific case on hand.

            Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

            by Wisper on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:30:07 AM PDT

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            •  Wisper - but the comments have come from (1+ / 0-)
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              nextstep

              a few of the Justices who were in the minority on the CU case. I haven't seen anything that suggests the majority is having any second thoughts and I think it would take many election cycles to change their view.

              "let's talk about that"

              by VClib on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:36:33 AM PDT

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        •  so the US (0+ / 0-)

          does have its own version of

          an "infallible Papacy."


          Only to be corrected by others so anointed appointed.


          Are you ready to Vote? Are you still 'allowed' to Vote?
          -- Are you sure?

          by jamess on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:09:22 AM PDT

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          •  We generally view the Constitution (0+ / 0-)

            as an infallible document.  It is the underpinnings of the notion "We are a nation of Laws not of Men".  

            That document needs to be EXTREMELY difficult to change and should only be attempted to reflect a major change in our entire society (like abolishing slavery, women's suffrage, etc) or to codify Constitutional level issues regarding the operations of Government, essentially amending the first three Articles (establishing Senators to be elected directly, setting Presidential term limits as law rather then "George Washington's Tradition", defining citizenship, setting official commencement dates, establishing Presidential successions, etc)

            The last time we tried to use the Constitution to address the social issue du jour we got Prohibition, which was so utterly stupid we had to go back and repeal it.

            Those two amendments, erroneously yet permanently etched into the document upon which our entire society exists, should serve as a constant reminder to stop FUCKING with the Constitution.

            Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

            by Wisper on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 10:37:46 AM PDT

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  •  Hopefully Obama's rising numbers (1+ / 0-)
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    in Ohio will benefit Sen. Brown.  I have believe that supporters of Obama will also pull the lever for Sherrod.  My wife met Sen. Brown and we gave him some money already; we will likely donate more in the coming weeks.

    "You're not allowed to sell your countrymen out to multinational financial corporations anymore and still call yourself a patriot." --MinistryOfTruth

    by Kurt from CMH on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 09:55:17 AM PDT

  •  Great diary, jamess, as per usual!! (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    I highly recommend that everyone on this site read the new book by Craig Unger, "Boss Rove", published just this month.
    Any complacency that is forming will quickly be knocked back.
    We need to work our asses off, pay every dime we can afford and pray, send good light or vibes or use any form of positive communication we can to the campaigns of President Obama, and all Democratic Senate and House candidates. We are up against monsters. I really believe this. They do not play fair.  

    Craig Unger -- "Boss Rove"

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 11:04:31 AM PDT

  •  Put OH-Sen in front of your diary and put edr, (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    Election Diary rescue, Daily Kos Elections and OH-Sen in the tags, that way your diary can get noticed and be in the Election Diary Rescue post.

  •  Josh Mandel: An errand boy sent by grocery clerks (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    Is this the best that John Cornyn could do?

    Everyone is crying out for peace; no one's crying out for justice...

    by mojave mike on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 11:56:36 AM PDT

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