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Old 10-17-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Republican Cruz fights to keep party donors secret

Good old texas republican Cruz is back at it - just hours after his last defeat.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative whose defiant stand against Obamacare helped prompt the U.S. government shutdown, has blocked the Senate from voting on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be Federal Communications Commission chairman.

The Senate was scheduled to vote on Wheeler, a Democrat and telecom industry veteran, late on Wednesday. Cruz held up the vote over questions about the FCC's power to enforce disclosures of who sponsors political television advertising.

"The Senator is holding the nominee until he gets answers to his questions regarding Mr. Wheeler's views on whether the FCC has the authority or intent to implement the requirements of the failed Congressional DISCLOSE Act," said Cruz spokesman Sean Rushton, referring to a failed bill meant to step up political disclosures.

"Mr. Wheeler had previously declined to give specific answers, but as he's now expressed his readiness to revisit the Senator's questions, the Senator hopes to communicate with him soon," Rushton said.

If Wheeler cannot resolve Cruz's concerns, Senate Democrats could force a vote on the nomination. Majority Leader Harry Reid would decided whether to take that action.

Clearing the senator from Texas' procedural roadblock would require 60 votes in the 100-member chamber, meaning the support of some Republicans would be needed. Democrats currently hold 52 seats and usually have the support of two independent Senators.

The Senate also has yet to vote on the nomination of Republican Michael O'Rielly to fill the fifth and final open FCC commissioner position.

Cruz, prominent in the small-government Tea Party wing of his party, had threatened earlier to delay Wheeler's confirmation vote after pressing for a more detail from the nominee on his views of the donor disclosure issue.

As political spending by outside advocacy groups pushes into the billions of dollars each election cycle, voters are exposed to a growing deluge of ads that refer to the often vaguely named groups sponsoring them.

Some Democrats have suggested that the FCC's existing oversight authority over broadcasters could also be used to force TV advertisers to name specific funders for each spot they buy. That idea has emerged as Cruz's focus at the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the commission.

The FCC remains in something of a holding pattern under Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn. It awaits Wheeler's confirmation to move ahead on several key projects, including upcoming auctions of spectrum. Former chief Julius Genachowski left the FCC in May.

The agency also saw its operations, including approvals of new device licenses and acceptance of routine required filings, stalled by the government shutdown that started on October 1 and ended late on Wednesday. All but a few dozen of the FCC's roughly 1,700 workers were furloughed.

Wheeler most recently invested in technology at a venture capital firm, raised money for President Barack Obama's political campaigns and advised Obama and the FCC on telecom issues. In the past he has been an industry lobbyist, running the National Cable Television Association and the wireless industry group CTIA.

O'Rielly, the Republican FCC nominee, has spent nearly two decades as a staffer in Congress, most recently serving as a top aide to Senator John Cornyn of Texas.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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Re: Republican Cruz fights to keep party donors secret

Given how Cruz's boneheaded grandstanding has caused the Senate (and overall) GOP immense humiliation and brand damage, I'm sure Reid would have no problem at all finding the necessary GOP votes to bat him down a notch or three.

I suspect Cruz's tenure on the Hill will be a very lonely and bitter one. It's one thing to humiliate your enemies, another to humiliate your allies.
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I keep them secret too knowing how this administration and their agents illegally harass their enemies

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anybody running for any political office should have to disclose all donors.

I feel the people have a right to know who owns the representatives they are voting for.

honestly, i'm all for barring political donations of any kind.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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anybody running for any political office should have to disclose all donors.

I feel the people have a right to know who owns the representatives they are voting for.

honestly, i'm all for barring political donations of any kind.
Yup I agree.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:05 PM   #7
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anybody running for any political office should have to disclose all donors.

I feel the people have a right to know who owns the representatives they are voting for.

honestly, i'm all for barring political donations of any kind.
I would love this, except for the part where it would practically ensure that only the super-rich would be able to run for office. I wouldn't mind some sort of equal-access public funding (with a pretty severe cap) for any politician who can gather a certain number of signatures to make it on the ballot.
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I would love this, except for the part where it would practically ensure that only the super-rich would be able to run for office. I wouldn't mind some sort of equal-access public funding (with a pretty severe cap) for any politician who can gather a certain number of signatures to make it on the ballot.
yeah, you do have a point about the super rich. equal access funding sounds like it could be an option but i'm sure there would be a lot of shady **** going on there as well.
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yeah, you do have a point about the super rich. equal access funding sounds like it could be an option but i'm sure there would be a lot of shady **** going on there as well.
Well, I think we can all agree that where there's politics, there's shady shizzle going on, no matter what.
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I think politicians should have to walk around with stickers showing their major donors like Nascar.
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honestly, i'm all for barring political donations and lobbying of any kind.
Fixed that for you.
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anybody running for any political office should have to disclose all donors.

I feel the people have a right to know who owns the representatives they are voting for.

honestly, i'm all for barring political donations of any kind.
I donīt see an issue with political donations by individuals. But I fail to understand why companies are allowed to make donations...

Can someone explain that to me?
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I donīt see an issue with political donations by individuals. But I fail to understand why companies are allowed to make donations...

Can someone explain that to me?
There was a big thing about that here, you know. Turns out companies are people. I never knew that before, but the gov't straightened me out!
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IIRC, that was one of Romney's memorable quips, though I think the SCOTUS, in their Citizens United decisions, certainly seems sympathetic to that view.

As for political donations, I am somewhat sympathetic to the broad concept of a set limit per person in order to limit undue influence of the very wealthy who can, in effect, buy immense political influence that in the end I think corrupts rather than enhances our political system. However, that would be hard and complex to actually implement (how would one monitor that? What about "contributions" to quasi-political entities?). Also, it would likely take a Constitutional Amendment to actually implement otherwise it would likely run up against the 1st Amendment.
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IIRC, that was one of Romney's memorable quips, though I think the SCOTUS, in their Citizens United decisions, certainly seems sympathetic to that view.
It wasn't a Romney quip, he was citing the SCOTUS decision.
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