Weekly News Roundup #5 - 10/19


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Cenk speaks:

Auction 2012: Two-Party Oligarchy Vs. The People

Sarah Silverman, Lizz Winstead Take On 'Corporations Are People'

News from around the web:

Romney Economic Policy Director Was Lobbying For Wall Street Three Months Ago

"A recently hired economic policy director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was a top lobbyist for JP Morgan Chase, Wall Street’s biggest bank, and federal documents show that he lobbied Congress and federal regulators this year on issues ranging from the implementation of new financial regulations to corporate tax reform."

Citizens United Constitutional Amendment: New Jersey Legislature Seeks Reversal Of Ruling

"New Jersey became the ninth state in the nation Thursday to back a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision."

Tagg Team: The Romney Family Recipe for Crony Capitalism

“Marc Leder, a wealthy investor, played host to Mitt Romney last May at a private fundraiser at his $4 million home in Boca Raton. Little did Leder know at the time, however, that someone would videotape the event and later leak it to the world, revealing the GOP standard-bearer in the act of caustically dismissing 47 percent of the country as too “dependent upon government” even to consider voting for him this year.

Leder attempted to duck the ensuing storm of media attention, telling Fortune that he had simply “hosted a fundraiser for an old friend.” But Leder’s ties to the candidate run deeper than campaign contributions or an old friendship. As an investor, he is part of a network of links to the Romney family business empire that will acquire enormous relevance if the GOP nominee manages to ascend to the White House.”

“Biotech giant Monsanto has been genetically modifying the world’s food supply and subsequently breeding environmental devastation for years, but leaked documents now reveal that Monsanto has also deeply infiltrated the United States government. With leaked reports revealing how U.S. diplomats are actually working for Monsanto to push their agenda along with other key government officials, Monsanto’s grasp on international politics has never been clearer.”

Las Vegas activists try to 'level the field' as casino moguls pump up Super Pacs

“In the age of the Super Pacs, wealthy gaming tycoons are free to invest millions in Mitt Romney. But a dedicated group is mobilising on the ground to try and counter the money machine.”

Monsanto Pays to Hide GMO's

“It’s no surprise then that agribusiness, biotechnology, and food manufacturing are pouring millions into the campaign to defeat Prop 37. Using the front group, “No on 37, Stop the Deceptive Food Labeling Scheme,” they’ve raised $32 million to portray the proposition as burdensome to farmers (on whom it has zero effect) and costly. But their list of donors doesn’t include a single individual. Instead, you see names like Sara Lee, Kraft Foods, Monsanto, Hershey, Kellogg, General Mills, Heinz, Land O’ Lakes, PepsiCo, Smithfield, and Dole.”

Koch Sued by Executive Claiming He Was Held Captive

“William Koch held a senior executive of his Oxbow energy company captive for almost two days after discovering his concerns about a plan to avoid U.S. taxes on $200 million in profit, the now ex-employee said in a lawsuit.”

“The deep-pocketed conservative group Americans for Prosperity has spent $72 million on ads bashing Democrats so far this year.”

Biden on Campaign Finance

“Last Thursday during the Vice Presidential debate, Joe Biden became one of the very few members of the White House to openly condemn illicit money groups in the political process.”

$16 Million of Warren Donations from Sites Lacking Foreign Donor Protections

“The Boston Globe reported Monday that Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren raised $12.1 million for her campaign in the 3rd quarter ending September 30, 2012. That brings the total raised to $36 million. Yet more than 40% of these funds--an estimated $16 million--have come online via two websites that do not have industry-standard protections and are vulnerable to fraud and illegal foreign national donations.”


Outside Groups For Romney Coordinate TV Ad Buys

“Since April, more than 825,000 presidential campaign ads have been broadcast in the battleground states. Oddly, the dominant Republican voice on TV hasn't been that of nominee Mitt Romney. The big advertisers are four heavily funded SuperPacs and tax-exempt groups.”

Over 1,000 People Spell Out 'Dump Citizens United!" on San Francisco Beach

Protest shows citizen anger at notorious Supreme Court ruling.

Koch to Employees: Vote Romney or Bad Things Will Happen (Maybe to Your Job)

“The boss wants you to know he thinks it's a very bad idea for you to vote for Barack Obama.”

Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate and Control?

“Shoppers, students, workers, and voters are all seen by consumerism and behaviorism the same way: passive, conditionable objects.”

Citizens United an attack on democracy

“In this year's and the 2010 election cycles, millions of dollars have flowed from shadowy donors through "front" organizations -- Super PACs -- to fund advertising for candidates favored by those donors and to attack their opponents. Candidates who have heretofore enjoyed the grassroots support of their constituents are finding their campaigns overwhelmed by huge infusions of cash from undisclosed donors laundered by Super PACs and spent on advertising -- often false -- on behalf of the donors' chosen candidate.

In such races, obviously, the odds are heavily in favor of the Big Money that can purchase more "free speech" than you or I can give our candidate. Game over.”

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