Read the Beforeitsnews.com story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Sunlight Foundation Blog (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Now:
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:
Total:

As foreign influence becomes a reality, FEC commissioner urges action

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


By The Sunlight Foundation

(Image credit: Sunlight Foundation)

FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel has proposed banning political contributions by domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations. This would overturn an advisory opinion produced in 2006 which has been the foundation for subsequent actions by the FEC. Ravel argues that since the Citizens United v. FEC decision has greatly expanded the opportunities for corporate spending in American elections, the FEC needs to revisit its treatment of the political involvement of the subsidiaries of foreign firms.

Foreign nationals are expressly forbidden from spending any money in American elections. Ravel noted that Justice John Paul Stevens’ dissent in Citizens United pointed out that corporations, unlike individuals, can be foreign-controlled. She cited a recent article in The Intercept that found a domestic subsidiary of a Chinese firm (which is entirely controlled by a married couple) contributed $1 million to a super PAC supporting Jeb Bush. Ravel also noted cases where a foreign national funneled money through “sham” American corporations in order to spend money on American elections.  

The Intercept article showed that American Pacific International Capital (APIC), a California corporation owned by two Chinese nationals, contributed $1.3 million to Right to Rise, a super PAC supporting Jeb Bush’s presidential aspirations. The article included a memo from Republican lawyer Charles Spies that drew upon the 2006 advisory opinion to argue that domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations could make campaign contributions, as long as they do not use money generated outside the United States, or allow foreign nationals to play any role in the decision-making process.

The FEC held a hearing in June to discuss the possibility of foreign funds entering American elections through corporate spending. At the time, the conversation focused on the possibility of American firms with significant foreign ownership making independent expenditures or contributing to politically active nonprofits. But the APIC case involves a wholly owned subsidiary engaging in this activity — the hypothetical has become a reality.

It’s unlikely that Ravel’s proposal will move with the ongoing deadlock at the commission, but it shows that a long-discussed scenario has actually occurred, and that attention is growing to one of the legacies of Citizens United. The APIC case points out that while “corporations are people, my friend,” (to quote Mitt Romney) not all of those people are legally permitted to participate in U.S. elections. And we are reminded that corporations remain different from human beings in some fundamental ways.

The Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike.


Source: http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2016/08/16/as-foreign-influence-becomes-a-reality-fec-commissioner-urges-action/


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Humic & Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex

HerbAnomic’s Humic and Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex is a revolutionary New Humic and Fulvic Acid Complex designed to support your body at the cellular level. Our product has been thoroughly tested by an ISO/IEC Certified Lab for toxins and Heavy metals as well as for trace mineral content. We KNOW we have NO lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminum etc. in our Formula. This Humic & Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral complex has high trace levels of naturally occurring Humic and Fulvic Acids as well as high trace levels of Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Potassium and more. There is a wide range of up to 70 trace minerals which occur naturally in our Complex at varying levels. We Choose to list the 8 substances which occur in higher trace levels on our supplement panel. We don’t claim a high number of minerals as other Humic and Fulvic Supplements do and leave you to guess which elements you’ll be getting. Order Your Humic Fulvic for Your Family by Clicking on this Link , or the Banner Below.



Our Formula is an exceptional value compared to other Humic Fulvic Minerals because...


It’s OXYGENATED

It Always Tests at 9.5+ pH

Preservative and Chemical Free

Allergen Free

Comes From a Pure, Unpolluted, Organic Source

Is an Excellent Source for Trace Minerals

Is From Whole, Prehisoric Plant Based Origin Material With Ionic Minerals and Constituents

Highly Conductive/Full of Extra Electrons

Is a Full Spectrum Complex


Our Humic and Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex has Minerals, Amino Acids, Poly Electrolytes, Phytochemicals, Polyphenols, Bioflavonoids and Trace Vitamins included with the Humic and Fulvic Acid. Our Source material is high in these constituents, where other manufacturers use inferior materials.


Try Our Humic and Fulvic Liquid Trace Mineral Complex today. Order Yours Today by Following This Link.

Report abuse

    Comments

    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    MOST RECENT
    Load more ...

    SignUp

    Login

    Newsletter

    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.