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Wed Sep 14, 2016, 08:55 AM

Leaked documents reveal secretive influence of corporate cash on politics

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Source: The Guardian

The pervasive influence of corporate cash in the democratic process, and the extraordinary lengths to which politicians, lobbyists and even judges go to solicit money, are laid bare in sealed court documents leaked to the Guardian.

The John Doe files amount to 1,500 pages of largely unseen material gathered in evidence by prosecutors investigating alleged irregularities in political fundraising. Last year the Wisconsin supreme court ordered that all the documents should be destroyed, though a set survived that has now been obtained by the news organisation.

The files open a window on a world that is very rarely glimpsed by the public, in which millions of dollars are secretly donated by major corporations and super-wealthy individuals to third-party groups in an attempt to sway elections. They speak to a visceral theme of the 2016 presidential cycle: the distortion of American democracy by big business that has been slammed by both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

In a case that is the subject of a petition currently in front of the US supreme court, five Wisconsin prosecutors carried out a deep investigation into what they suspected were criminal campaign-finance violations by the campaign committee of Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor and former Republican presidential candidate. Known as the “John Doe investigation”, the inquiry has been a lightning rod for bitter disputes between conservatives and progressives for years

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/14/corporate-cash-john-doe-files-scott-walker-wisconsin

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Reply Leaked documents reveal secretive influence of corporate cash on politics (Original post)
NWCorona Sep 2016 OP
mountain grammy Sep 2016 #1
Frustratedlady Sep 2016 #2
NWCorona Sep 2016 #3
mopinko Sep 2016 #4
William Seger Sep 2016 #5
ronnie624 Sep 2016 #9
cstanleytech Sep 2016 #10
ewagner Sep 2016 #6
NWCorona Sep 2016 #7
turbinetree Sep 2016 #8
LakeArenal Sep 2016 #11
Ligyron Sep 2016 #12
lutefisk Sep 2016 #13
Blue_Tires Sep 2016 #14
etherealtruth Sep 2016 #15

Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 09:04 AM

1. If only this would even put a dent in the corruption..

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 09:32 AM

2. Why would the court order the documents destroyed?

I hope something comes of this.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 09:34 AM

3. Same here!

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 09:37 AM

4. good question

cant say as i have ever heard such a thing.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 10:10 AM

5. Our three-tier justice system (n/t)

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 10:47 AM

9. The corruption is written into the laws.

The bribery is probably all technically legal.

The article mentions the pervasive influence of money over the "democratic process", but anyone should be able to see that a quasi-legal system of bribery is inconsistent with democratic principles.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 10:59 AM

10. Probably because most judges have atleast been hip deep in taking and

soliciting money at one time or another throughout their career and are essentially covering their own ass.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 10:16 AM

6. Kick and comment

....this Guardian article sheds important light on the web of corruption that is the Wisconsin Republican Party...

The Repubs OWN all three branches of government and control (via advertising $$$) a good chunk of the media...

breaking this stranglehold on the State cannot be done from within anymore ...it needs the U.S. Supreme court.

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Response to ewagner (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 10:27 AM

7. Yup! I'm so glad they are getting a taste of this. I just hope it magnifies

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 10:41 AM

8. And a reading of "Dark Money" by Jane Mayer

pretty much explains two "boys" and there foundations and how they have now expanded into the university system to expand that wonk message.

And just think Walker and his state run cronies of girls and boys in all three branches of government eviscerated the accountability board, just so the public can't hold this criminal accountable, and then the "court" of the state is really corrupt. This speaks volumes as why there should be public financing for running for an office, at both the state and local and federal level

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 11:24 AM

11. "secretive influence of corporate cash on politics"?

Ummm....not so secret.. Should say, proof of influence of corporate cash on politics.

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 11:29 AM

12. So then where are these e-mails?

The Guardian mentions in the article that they exist - all 1500 pages. So where can we read some of them?

OTOH, maybe they just got them and haven't read through them yet to find the juicy ones.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #12)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 11:49 AM

13. There are links in the article and in left margin

Here are some emails as linked in the body of the article.

Here is the main document link from the article: LINK

There are plenty of juicy ones...

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 12:24 PM

14. Thank you, Citizens United

Naturally, the Guardian couldn't resist taking a subtle anti-Hillary shot in the third graf

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Response to NWCorona (Original post)

Wed Sep 14, 2016, 02:11 PM

15. I am sorry LOCKING as analysis (good analyisis and improtant , but still analysis)

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