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Live Streaming Video- President Obama Nominates Thomas Perez As Secretary of Labor 11:40a EST

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Just what we need: Big money gets in on Cabinet nomination fights

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Citizens United, you suck. I can't put it more starkly than that, although I could easily launch into an unprintable rant. Instead, I'll share an L.A. Times article that I ran across today that tells about more big donors with more money than most of us will see in our lifetimes are pouring more of their more money into more political fights and more candidates.

That's a whole lotta mores.

This anti-democratic practice is now sliming its way into supporting and opposing Cabinet nominees. One deep-pocketed backer of Chuck Hagel's (associates don't believe he knows Hagel personally, nor do they think he has any business ties to the defense industry) got involved after he saw all the attacks coming Hagel's way.

So what's a rich guy to do? Buy the nominee a Cabinet post, what else?

L.A. Times:

Bill Benter, a prolific donor to Democrats and liberal groups who keeps a low public profile, financed an ad campaign by a group of centrist national security veterans who hailed Hagel's "bipartisanship and independence of conscience and mind."

Benter's backing of Hagel, who will appear Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, comes as a small number of extremely rich donors are increasingly engaging in independent efforts to shape national politics. [...]

The intense fight over Hagel spotlights how wealthy interests are seeking to shape policy even beyond campaigns and traditional lobbying.

Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, which advocates for campaign finance reform, said, "Obviously, anyone who spends huge amounts of money to advocate for a Cabinet official is going to have a reasonable expectation of special access to that person."

This system of trying to purchase our officials hasn't served us well, and will only result in more corruption.

As you can see, I'm an equal opportunity smacker-downer of people using their wealth to buy influence. Benter is pro-lib, but that does not justify what he did nor what has been going on since the Supreme Court's terrible 2010 ruling.

And now it's spreading to Cabinet picks.

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Live Streaming Video- Chuck Hagel Faces Senate Confirmation Hearing 9:30a EST

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Hillary Clinton, citing her job, will skip DNC in Charlotte

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Makes sense, but can't they make an exception so she doesn't kill her record? I mean, since 1968? Wow. h/t Taegan.

At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope she’ll be the White House nominee delegates rally around.

But as for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte – Hillary Clinton won’t be coming.

This year, she’s secretary of State. And as the country’s chief diplomat, she’s expected to stay above all things partisan.

Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will be at the DNC in Charlotte, his spokesman, Matt McKenna, confirmed Friday.

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It’ll be the first time in decades Clinton will miss a Democratic National Convention, Reines added – “possibly all the way back to ’68 in Chicago.”

And Clinton isn’t the only Cabinet member expected to skip the Charlotte gathering. Federal statute also precludes the attorney general and the secretary of Defense from attending political gatherings, including national party conventions, Reines said.

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Video- President Obama Speaks to Press After Cabinet Meeting

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