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Another CA city sues over voting rights law

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Voting rights, schmoting rights. Who needs 'em in this post-racial day and age? We've clearly evolved, says the Supreme Court. Says Republicans. Says anyone who doesn't want Democrats to have voting rights. After all, if you can't win on the merits of your arguments, on your policies (or lack thereof), your talent, or on your powers of persuasion, then hey, cheat.

It's the 'Murican way!

the american way

Unless, of course, you get called out. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the city of Bellflower, right here in my home state of California, is getting sued. Why? Voting rights are being violated... allegedly:

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and two law firms filed a Superior Court complaint Monday afternoon, on behalf of three minority Bellflower residents alleging the city is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.

The act seeks to ensure that minorities have an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice.  The suit alleges that Bellflower's practice of electing council members citywide instead of by geographic districts has hindered Latino and African American candidates.

The plaintiffs said they have found patterns of racially polarized voting in the southeast Los Angeles County city of about 77,000. They want the city to switch to by-district elections to give voters in strongly minority neighborhoods an opportunity to elect at least one representative to the City Council.

What? Restricting the rights of not-white voters? In this day and age of GOP outreach? Don't be ridiculous...

It's not like Bellflower's population is 66% Latino and African American, but the council members are monochromatically pale. Come on.

Bellflower's population is 52% Latino and 14% African American, according to the city's website.  All five council members are white.

Oh.

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VIDEO: United Auto Workers, 6 more organizations file ethics complaint against Mitt Romney

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In a previous post, "UAW Charges Romney With Profiteering From Auto Bailout," Greg Palast's report that Romney secretly made millions, and his biggest donors billions, off the taxpayer funded auto bailout got some attention.

Palast had written about how Mitt and “Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment.” And the UAW and others listened.

Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers pointed out that Mitt Romney was busy writing op-eds opposing the Detroit auto rescue, but was even busier making money with his Delphi investor group “off the misfortunes of others.”

In the video below, you'll hear King's first hand account of how the UAW and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) “have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney’s so-called ‘blind’ trust.”

Here is Ed Schultz interviewing him on last night's "The Ed Show":

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UAW Charges Romney With Profiteering From Auto Bailout

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Greg Palast previously reported that Romney secretly made millions, and his biggest donors billions, off the taxpayer funded auto bailout. He wrote about how Mitt and “Ann, personally gained at least $15.3 million from the bailout—and a few of Romney’s most important Wall Street donors made more than $4 billion. Their gains, and the Romneys’, were astronomical—more than 3,000 percent on their investment.”

As Bob King, President of the United Automobile Workers pointed out, Mitt Romney was busy writing op-eds opposing the Detroit auto rescue, but was even busier making money with his Delphi investor group "off the misfortunes of others."

Greg Palast now has a follow-up at Truthout:

[Mitt Romney] has just learned that tomorrow afternoon (November 1) he will be charged by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) and other public interest groups with violating the federal ethics in government law by improperly concealing his multi-million dollar windfall from the auto industry bailout.

King said that the UAW and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) "have filed a formal complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics in Washington stating that Gov. Romney improperly hid a profit of $15.3 million to $115.0 million in Ann Romney's so-called 'blind' trust."

The UAW complaint calls for Romney to reveal exactly how much he made off Delphi -- and continues to make.  The Singer syndicate, once in control of Delphi, eliminated every single UAW job --25,000-- and moved almost all auto parts production to Mexico and China where Delphi now employs 25,000 auto parts workers.

More details here.

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Sen. Mark Kirk’s ex-wife accuses him of violating campaign finance law

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Senator Mark Kirk's (R-Ill.) ex-wife is accusing him and his ex-girlfriend Dodie of violating campaign finance law.

Let the games begin...

Via The Hill:

Kimberly Vertolli filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint alleging possible misconduct by Kirk and his former girlfriend, Dodie McCracken, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.

McCracken, a public relations professional, was paid $143,000 by the campaign, but the money was paid to another company instead of disclosing her name. Vertolli, who is an attorney, alleges that this could be a campaign finance violation in her complaint, the Tribune reported. [...]

The money was paid to The Patterson Group, for which McCracken had worked as a subcontractor, the Tribune learned. Experts told The Hill that under federal law it is acceptable to pay relatives and friends to work on your campaign, but that intentionally hindering disclosure that they are receiving the money could be a violation.

Stay tuned for the next episode of "As the Stomach Turns."

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Willard "Mitt" Romney hit with complaint

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Willard just can't win.  And I mean that literally:

Washington (CNN) - The New Hampshire Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission Friday against potential 2012 candidate Mitt Romney, raising questions about how the former Massachusetts governor is using money raised through his state political action committees to aid his probable bid for the White House.

Romney's federal and state-level PACs have raised $1.9 million through the end of March. Though these funds may not be used toward a presidential bid, the complaint alleges that the Romney campaign is using these committees to circumvent federal contribution limits, which caps the maximum individual contribution at $5,000 for both the primary and general election seasons. Money raised through the committees may only be spent ahead of a candidate's official presidential announcement.

The complaint... accuses him of using "soft money," or unlimited donations to political parties from labor unions, corporations or individuals, banned, to fund his presidential campaign, which federal law prohibits.

Democrats, insinuating that Willard is just a tad desperate, are calling this an "Enron-style accounting scheme" and "funneling". Of course, Romney's people are poo-pooing the whole thing as a political move, something, of course, that Romney's team is above, right?

By the way, Willard, how's ignoring that RomneyCare health reform mandate working for you?

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AFSCME Members File Unfair Labor Practice Complaint Against Walker

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It's heartening to see such a huge response to Scott Walker's self-serving, corporate lunacy. Whether or not the media insists on ignoring the gigantic, numerous, peaceful crowds, whether or not they choose to ignore the real story about this being a hit on unions, Democratic voters, and democracy itself-- not budget issues... on which Wisconsin union members have compromised-- there is a lot of good coming out of this.

Voters are paying attention, and they're becoming aware of what unions mean to Americans.

Walker's ridiculous demands are losing support, and now, a complaint has been filed against him:

Wisconsin public employees who are members of AFSCME Council 24 have filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Gov. Scott Walker. [...]

In a press release, Council 24 Executive Director Marty Beil said:

This governor has never made any attempt to contact the unions he is attacking, much less negotiate in good faith as required by law.

Instead of trying to find real solutions to the challenges facing the state, the governor is attempting to dictate terms.  This not only in ineffective, it’s against the law.

[...] If he continues to ignore the public, we have no choice but to turn to the courts,” Beil said.

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VIDEO- POE: Justice Thomas failed to disclose that Citizens United spent more than $100,000 on ads, supported his nomination

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I previously posted about an investigation by Common Cause of Justice Clarence Thomas for conflicts of interest regarding the Citizens United case, and for his failing to report his wife Ginny's income.

Protect Our Elections, who is seeking the disbarment of*  a complaint against Justice Clarence Thomas, put out the following press release of their own a few days ago (in part):

Watchdog Group Files Additional Bar Complaint on Conflict Of Interest Grounds

The watchdog group www.ProtectOurElections.org filed a second bar complaint on February 15, 2011 against Justice Clarence Thomas for bias and actual conflict of interest for his failure to disqualify himself from Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, 130 S.Ct. 876 (2010), and hiding the fact that Citizens United Foundation had supported his nomination and spent at least $100,000 on commercials attacking several Senators opposed to his nomination. The second bar complaint, filed with the Washington, D.C. Office of Bar Counsel, is at http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/Clarence_Thomas_Bar_Supplement.pdf.

As reported in 1991 by Time Magazine, "The commercials, shown only in Washington at a cost of about $100,000, have reaped millions of dollars' worth of free publicity through network television and print-media reproductions that have accompanied news stories about the flap. That probably was the intent all along." http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,973826,00.html#ixzz1Dzu... See also http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/13/business/media/13ADCO.html ("The Citizens United Foundation, a group that ran commercials in 1991 supporting the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court...").

"Justice Thomas was obligated under the Supreme Court's June 2009 decision in Caperton v. Massey, to disqualify himself from Citizens United," said ProtectOurElections attorney and spokesman Kevin Zeese. "Indeed, the facts of the two cases are eerily similar, as we now know, with Citizens United Foundation actually supporting Thomas' nomination and creating what amounted to be millions of dollars in advertising and publicity to attack opposing Senators. Yet, Justice Thomas, just months after the ruling in Caperton, proceeded to sit in judgment of Citizens United without sua sponte recusing himself or disclosing the conflict. Justice Thomas owed his spot on the Court to Citizens United Foundation, and he repaid that debt with his favorable ruling in Citizens United. Clearly, his bias undermined the fairness of the judicial system and deprived the FEC due process."

Let's hope one of these sticks.

H/t: Nellcote

*Corrected: A source told me that when people become judges, they go inactive from bar membership, and are no longer lawyers. I apologize for the wording.

UPDATE, via the same link:

The group is seeking the disbarment of Justice Thomas http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/Clarence_Thomas_Bar_Complaint.pdf and has asked the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice to prosecute him for falsifying 20 years of financial disclosure reports. http://www.velvetrevolution.us/images/Clarence_Thomas_Public_Integrity_C... The Public Integrity Section was provided with a copy of the second bar complaint.

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