The US Chamber of Commerce is under investigation

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking a close look at the Chamber of Commerce’s political activities.On Tuesday – Schneiderman issued a subpoena to executives with organizations that have funneled millions of dollars into the Chamber of Commerce under the disguise of charitable contributions, to determine whether or not that money was actually used for political purposes – like running ads against Democrats and lobbying Congress.

Conservatives like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers may have been violating the tax code, claiming tax-exempt status, to shield their donors, while they run blatant political advertising. But now, Attorney General Schneiderman is on to them, and his investigation could blow open the doors of these giant pools of dark money – revealing exactly who is behind at least some of the cash flowing into the 2012 election.

Republicans had hoped this issue wouldn’t be litigated before the election, so as to keep the anonymous money flowing in and assuming that a Romney administration wouldn't prosecute them, but with Attorney General Schneiderman throwing around these subpoenas, we may well soon see some much needed transparency in our politics. Keep an eye on this one.


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dowdotica 10 years 38 weeks ago

time to pull "all" exempt statuses, problem solved! yippi! if they are going to play? they need to pay just like the tax i paid on my $4 dollar donation to Mr. Obama!!! $1. so if we tax the buying of politicians accordingly we should be able to generate gobs of new revenue!!! yeah right as if!!! sick...

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js121 10 years 38 weeks ago

YES!!! About time. Then get ALEC and the Koch Brothers SuperPac and the rest of them. The SCOTUS is as corrupt as they come. Obama needs to "cleanse" this country of the New Right and Give us our Country BACK!!!!

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leighmf 10 years 38 weeks ago

It sure would be a breath of fresh air to have an Attorney General look into anything these days that we already know is corrupt.

Nevertheless these maligned Kochs hail and were generated from the days of Prescott Bush. Plus, they were not before Brown Brothers & Harriman or G.H. Walker & Co. who keep a hideous secret in the vault of Mercantile Trust.

Everything from the Kennedy assassination to the present has been manipulated by Bush- represented oilmen. It's amazing how much is covered up about those presidents who mess up my beautiful mind.

We still need a Fleet Enema on State Street, and that being in Romney's home state, my wager is he gets a lot of bad dough from NAVL & Co. (includes Pepsico + Norfolk Southern), through the Cayman Islands.

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ken ware 10 years 38 weeks ago

Wake up, do you really think there will be any change in the illegal practices from either side? And, do really think it is only those big bad Republicans that are breaking the law! I am all in favor for cleaning up the mess in Washington and the way both sides use shady practices to win their all mighty an self-righteous campaigns to protect the people! Ha! Do you really think the Dems want to change anything in the way they raise funding for their candidates, hell no. Until we clean out and clean up both sides of the isle in Washington, nothing will ever change. Is it not true, President Obama is also accepting money from the same bankster gangsters on Wall St. as Gov. Romney. The answer to the question my friends is yes....Is it okay because they are called Democrats and the good guys. I am tired and sick of saying I will vote for the lesser of two evils, when it comes to choosing between the two parties we are stuck with. Time for change no matter what the cost.....And I think we had all better wake up and see this two party system we keep voting for is sick with disease and political corruption and it is time to put it too rest. We as Americans keep thinking one side is good and the other side is bad, when they are both corrupt. So just keep blaming the other side for this countries ill and we will just continue to flail in our sickness with no clear solution in site. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. The only solution is changing Washington as a whole, not just one party. Good luck in healing America with a new election of the same old sick parties.

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Palindromedary 10 years 38 weeks ago

Don't worry...Obama won't do anything about it either. He will do just what Romney will do ..try to sweep it all under the rug. The idea of Obama cleansing anything is quite a laugh. Of course, he is all for cleansing the whistle-blowers who rat out the corrupt politicians and powerful organizations. Wait till he gets a hold of Assange...I hope not...but if the US gets him in their hands, this world-hero will be martyred. Obama has done nothing but pander to his real bosses...the ruling elite...from downplaying Bush's war criminal appointing the very financial wolves that created the financial mess we're in to watch over the chicken letting the healthscare insurance companies and pharmaceuticals get their continuing the MIC war criminal's death machine and using drones to murder innocent civilians. Obama is not our friend! He is not the answer! He will just continue pandering to our enemies while we struggle to survive.

Yes, many of the Democrats are, or were anyway, getting quite wealthy from their "insider trading"...just ask Nancy Pelosi...for one.

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leighmf 10 years 38 weeks ago

So it's really the Ruling Elite who are the problem. It doesn't matter who is elected President. Only the power of the people can eject a Ruling, Tyrannical Class.

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douglaslee 10 years 38 weeks ago

The Roberts court just gave a seal of approval to regulation through taxation. Superpac nondisclosure? - 50% tax on purchases and expenditures. Full disclosure?--tax free. Out of state political sources? 50% tax. In state funding? Tax free

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