The FEC has been rendered impotent, just in time for Trump’s reelection bid.

By |2019-08-27T07:59:29-08:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |19 Comments

Do you think this is an accident?

Because I don’t think this is an accident.

Courtesy of Mother Jones

For years, the Federal Election Commission has been barely functional. But at the end of this month—as the 2020 campaign heats up and unprecedented amounts of money flow to candidates for national office—much of the agency’s work will shut down entirely. There will be no new fundraising rules, no punishments for rule-breakers, no decisions about the outcomes of investigations, no advisory opinions issued to candidates who want to know if a specific campaign finance practice is illegal.

That’s because in order to do any of that, the FEC needs a quorum of four of the six members that, by law, make up the commission. As of September, three of those positions will be vacant. Two seats have been unoccupied for months (since 2017 and 2018, respectively). On Monday morning, one of the remaining Republican commissioners announced his resignation as of the end of the month. There’s little indication that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will move the fill the empty seats anytime soon.

The lights at FEC headquarters won’t literally go out—campaigns and political committees will still have to file fundraising reports, and the commission’s staff will still post that information information online. But the commission’s leadership will be unable to take any formal actions. New rules will be frozen. Campaigns and political committees will be unable to get advice from commissioners on how to apply rules. And much of the FEC’s oversight activity will grind to a halt. When commission staff conduct investigations of possible violations, it requires votes from the commissioners for any action to be taken on the outcome of those investigations. Similarly, for fines to be imposed on rule breakers, it requires a vote.

This means that Donald Trump has carte blanche to break any campaign laws he wants since there will be nobody around to really hold him accountable. 

And let’s face it, without the threat of consequences Trump is going to be breaking laws and bending rules at the speed of sound. 

Fuck Mitch McConnell. 

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 27, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    I think I find Mitch McConnell even more disgusting than Trump. Trump is a deviant who lacks the capacity to see and understand how destructive he is. Mitch knows this but goes along. He’s worse.

    • Anonymous August 27, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      Oh, I think he knows EXACTLY how destructive he is and he does not care one whit.
      The question is WTH it’s going to take to get him out. He “teases,” I can do this another fourteen years.
      He is serious, and ‘leaders” both sides sit with a thumb up their butt enjoying the feeling.

  2. POS-POTUS August 27, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    As if no one saw this coming. C’mon, people and media, wake the HELL up!
    Sorry, atheists and agnostics, but if this isn’t prophesy out of the new Testament.

  3. Anonymously August 27, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    How Media Paved the Way for Trump
    This is an eight-part series of columns by senior columnist John Ziegler, telling the story of the relationship between the mainstream news media’s demise as a cultural institution and the rise of Donald Trump, not only to the presidency of the United States — but as someone who now, despite unprecedented media opposition, is currently poised to be possibly reelected.

    https://www.mediaite.com/how-media-paved-the-way-for-trump/

    • #RacistRapist2020 August 28, 2019 at 7:44 am

      How the Historical Decline of the News Media’s Credibility Gave Us President Trump

      How Media Paved the Way For Trump: Television News Giants Get Cut Down to Size and Panic Ensues

      How Media Paved the Way For Trump: The Incredibly Shrinking Print Media

      How Media Paved the Way For Trump: The Election of Barack Obama Is a Breaking Point for Media Bias

      How Media Paved the Way For Trump: Twitter and Birtherism Put Trump on the Political Map

      Twitter and Birtherism Put Trump on the Political Map

      How Media Paved the Way For Trump: ‘Conservative’ Media Sells Out and the MSM Goes Along

      How Media Paved the Way For Trump: Mainstream Media Loses the 2016 Election (Or Did They?)

      How Media Paved the Way For Trump: Trump Reaps What the News Media Has Sown

  4. #RacistRapist2020 August 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/08/27/trump-toddler-tantrum-warren-large-crowds.html

    “In a new Twitter post on Tuesday, the president threw a toddler tantrum about the people turning out to Warren’s campaign events, whining that his “far bigger” crowds don’t get the same news coverage.

    “They do stories so big on Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all,” Trump said. “Fake News!””

  5. Anonymous August 27, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    OMG, I haven’t been on the Internet for two days and guess what nothing is new, trump is still a mentally ill idiot and Moscow Mitch is still a traitor. All bad news!!

  6. Anonymously August 27, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Court Approves Banning Atheists From Reciting Opening Prayers At State Legislature

    Atheists, humanists and other nontheists can be barred from giving opening invocations before the Pennsylvania House, an appeals court has decided.

    https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5d6544a5e4b0641b2553d15c

  7. Anonymously August 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Trump Was Laughed At By Other World Leaders Behind The Scenes At The G7

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/08/27/trump-was-laughed-at-by-other-world-leaders-behind-the-scenes-at-the-g7.html

    Massachusetts senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has been getting increasingly large crowds in recent weeks, and Donald Trump appears to have noticed.

    In a new Twitter post on Tuesday, the president threw a toddler tantrum about the people turning out to Warren’s campaign events, whining that his “far bigger” crowds don’t get the same news coverage.

    “They do stories so big on Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren’s crowd sizes, adding many more people than are actually there, and yet my crowds, which are far bigger, get no coverage at all,” Trump said. “Fake News!”

    ….:In national general election polling, Trump trails Biden (by a lot), and he would also lose – albeit more narrowly – to both Warren and Sanders.

    Still, crowd sizes at campaign rallies is one thing that animates Donald Trump the most, and by that measure, he is clearly concerned about the jolt of momentum that Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is seeing in recent weeks.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/08/27/trump-toddler-tantrum-warren-large-crowds.html

  8. Anonymously August 27, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Trump Wants To Host The G7 At His Doral Resort Because The Property Is Going Broke

    Rachel Maddow revealed on Tuesday night that the reason Donald Trump is trying to host the next G7 summit at his resort in Doral, Florida is that the property is failing and needs the money.

    As the MSNBC host pointed out, citing a report from The Washington Post, “That particular club owned by the president, that particular golf resort, actually isn’t doing well. It really needs the money.”

    “This is his keystone property in terms of revenue, and it’s failing,” Maddow added.

    Video:

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/08/27/trump-host-g7-doral-resort-property-broke.html

  9. Anonymously August 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Trump advocates for Putin at G-7 summit

    President Trump capped days of advocacy on behalf of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by announcing here Monday that he intends to invite the leader to the Group of Seven summit in 2020, which Trump will host in an election year amid warnings that Russia is actively trying to interfere again in the U.S. presidential election.

    The effort would soften Russia’s pariah status and potentially bring it back into an elite club of some of the most powerful industrialized nations that lent Putin prized international legitimacy during the 14 years he attended. Russia was booted following its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, slimming the Group of Eight by a member.

    “I think it would be better to have Russia inside the tent than outside the tent,” Trump said at a news conference Monday at the summit’s conclusion.

    Trump’s extraordinary promotion of Putin proved to be the most tense disagreement over three days of contentious meetings at this year’s G-7 in the French oceanside resort town of Biarritz. The U.S. leader’s wish to restore Russia’s legitimacy was in keeping with his long-standing role as a Putin cheerleader and apologist, but it was coolly received by other leaders at the gathering.

    …..At the Biarritz summit, Trump punctuated almost every public appearance with his desire to bring Putin to the meeting in the future.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-advocates-for-putin-at-g-7-summit-in-move-to-soften-russias-pariah-status/2019/08/26/fa28b0f0-c81e-11e9-a1fe-ca46e8d573c0_story.html

  10. Anonymously August 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Tax expert David Cay Johnston warns Russian oligarchs may not be the only foreigners co-signing Trump’s loans

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/tax-expert-david-cay-johnston-warns-russian-oligarchs-may-not-be-the-only-foreigners-co-signing-trumps-loans/

    • OK August 28, 2019 at 7:53 am

      “Deutsche Bank has loan applications from Donald Trump that were co-signed by Russian oligarchs.

      “The source close to Deutsche Bank says that the Trump tax returns reveal that the president pays little to no income tax in some years,” he said. “And the source says that Deutsche Bank is in possession of loan documents that show Donald Trump has obtained loans with co-signers and that he would not have been able to obtain those loans without co-signers.” “The source close to Deutsche Bank says that the co-signers of Donald Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans are Russian billionaires close to Vladimir Putin,”
      “If confirmed, it could make impeachment “absolutely inevitable.””

  11. #GODGATE August 27, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    What else is impotent?

    EVANGELICALS

    Their belief system is closed and fixed, therefore dead and lifeless and impotent and not of nature, and not of “god” either. THEY ARE LITERAL DUMMIES.

    #GODGATE

  12. Anonymously August 28, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Did you know this, Jesse?

    Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

    President Trump has instructed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to exempt Alaska’s 16.7-million-acre Tongass National Forest from logging restrictions imposed nearly 20 years ago, according to three people briefed on the issue, after privately discussing the matter with the state’s governor aboard Air Force One.

    The move would affect more than half of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest, opening it to potential logging, energy and mining projects. It would undercut a sweeping Clinton administration policy known as the “roadless rule,” which has survived a decades-long legal assault.

    Trump has taken a personal interest in “forest management,” a term he told a group of lawmakers last year he has “redefined” since taking office.

    ……..Politicians have tussled for years over the fate of the Tongass, a massive stretch of southeastern Alaska replete with old-growth spruce, hemlock and cedar, rivers running with salmon, and dramatic fjords. President Bill Clinton put more than half of it off limits to logging just days before leaving office in 2001, when he barred the construction of roads in 58.5 million acres of undeveloped national forest across the country. President George W. Bush sought to reverse that policy, holding a handful of timber sales in the Tongass before a federal judge reinstated the Clinton rule.

    Trump’s decision to weigh in, at a time when Forest Service officials had planned much more modest changes to managing the agency’s single largest holding, revives a battle that the previous administration had aimed to settle.

    In 2016, the agency finalized a plan to phase out old-growth logging in the Tongass within a decade. Congress has designated more than 5.7 million acres of the forest as wilderness, which must remain undeveloped under any circumstances. If Trump’s plan succeeds, it could affect 9.5 million acres.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/trump-pushes-to-allow-new-logging-in-alaskas-tongass-national-forest/2019/08/27/b4ca78d6-c832-11e9-be05-f76ac4ec618c_story.html

  13. Anonymously August 28, 2019 at 12:48 am

    The Million Reasons People Call Donald Trump a Racist

    Instead of giving you the millionth take about whether the President is or isn’t racist or xenophobic, I’ll just tell you what facts I considered in forming my opinion.
    What I considered.

    Draw your own conclusions about the guy…

    https://medium.com/@dan.r.aguilar/the-million-reasons-people-call-donald-trump-a-racist-c4ecc9eeb933

  14. C ya August 28, 2019 at 8:46 am

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/28/politics/johnny-isakson-retire/index.html

    “I am leaving a job I love because my health challenges are taking their toll on me, my family and my staff,”

  15. OK August 28, 2019 at 9:05 am

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-pardon-law-breaking-aides-washington-post_n_5d65eabce4b063c341f76ced

    ““Don’t worry, I’ll pardon you,” the president has allegedly told aides worried about his instructions to seize private land through eminent domain, flout environmental rules or push through billion-dollar contracts.” – “He reportedly has instructed aides to get the structure built at any cost.”

  16. Anonymous August 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

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