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polarbear4

t&r, lala. :O)

polarbear4

“in a world gone mad” beastie boys, iirc

orlbucfan

I am so sick of the FRight and their stupid, violent mindset. 💩

polarbear4

and we support this, tacitly and with $$$$.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Yep. Our tax dollars at work

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jcitybone

It was the Justice Department under Trump

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polarbear4

do they mention how we ensure they’ve had governments of austerity to prepare them for this?

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2021/05/08/nina-turner-shontel-brown-super-pac/

SHONTEL BROWN’S CAMPAIGN for Congress is blaring one of the least subtle messages sent to a super PAC since the outside money groups were legalized by the Supreme Court in its Citizens United v. FEC decision.

Brown’s campaign has listed on its website a set of negative talking points about her opponent Nina Turner, all enclosed in a bright red box. Directly under the red box is a quote from Democratic consultant Mark Mellman, the leader of a major pro-Israel super PAC that has consistently spent large sums of money against Sen. Bernie Sanders and his congressional allies. (“Red box” is a campaign industry term, referring to the spot on the website that candidates use to communicate with outside groups like super PACs.).

Both Brown and Turner are competing in a special election in Ohio to replace former Rep. Marcia Fudge, who was confirmed to be President Joe Biden’s secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The primary in the heavily Democratic district is scheduled for August 3.

With Turner, a former Ohio state senator and Sanders’s most prominent campaign surrogate, running for Congress, the messaging on Brown’s campaign website suggests she’d welcome an outside intervention from Mellman’s independent expenditure operation to blanket the airwaves.

The hybrid super PAC run by Mellman, Democratic Majority for Israel, spent heavily against Sanders during the presidential primary, dropping $1.4 million in its effort to slow him in Iowa and beyond. The super PAC also spent more than $1.5 million attacking Jamaal Bowman and supporting then-incumbent New York Rep. Eliot Engel. (Despite their efforts, Bowman won.) It also threw in $179,000 against Alex Morse, who challenged House Ways and Means Chair Richie Neal in a western Massachusetts primary. DMFI was also bankrolled in 2020 by a super PAC that tried to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar in her Minnesota Democratic primary; Americans for Tomorrow’s Future, which spent more than $3 million taking on Omar and also worked against Bowman, sent $500,000 to DMFI. There is overlap among donors, as well. A top donor to AFTF, who contributed $300,000 in 2020, also gave $1.245 million to DMFI.

The communication on Brown’s website is a textbook case of red-box signaling, used to communicate with outside groups within the letter of the law. To understand how the signaling works, it’s useful to review the conventions of post-Citizens United campaign practices. Per the Citizens ruling, campaigns cannot coordinate with outside groups and doing so is a clear violation of one of the few bright-line rules in campaign finance. The challenge, then, for a campaign is figuring out how to guide a super PAC or outside supporter’s messaging without running afoul of the laws around coordination. For that, campaigns have developed what is called the “red box.” The candidate posts opposition research or videos on their website about their opponent, which anyone in the public is then free to use for any purpose. The oppo also generally includes messages about both candidates that have tested well in polls, allowing the super PAC to align its communications with the campaign’s.

What makes Brown’s approach unique is both how blatant it is and how beseechingly it directs itself to a particular head of a particular super PAC.

polarbear4

i commented on one of her posts putting down Nina and immediately got a reply from someone who RTs Ragnorak Lobster, one of the dirtiest and most dishonest tweeters out there. not sure if they found that he got paid, but he’s pure nasty. i blocked. muted another that wasn’t so bad.

they have no policy, they’re like khive and sneera.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I know the pro Israel lobby group took down my congresswoman Cynthia McKinney a few years ago labeling her as an anti semite because she supported fair treatment of Palestinians. Nina has much broader political and financial support so I desperately hope she can pull this off.

jcitybone

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magsview

I love the text on the back of the flyer in Charlie’s left hand:

‘This moment demands progressive leadership’

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