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Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote

February 25, 2013 By: seeta Category: Civil Rights, Economic Terrorism, Voting Rights

From ThinkProgress:

A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections:

Provision for vote by corporate property owner.

(1) Subject to subsection (2), if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election as provided in [section 1].

(2) The individual who is designated to vote by the entity is subject to the provisions of [section 1] and shall also provide to the election administrator documentation of the entity’s registration with the secretary of state under 35-1-217 and proof of the individual’s designation to vote on behalf of the entity.

The idea that “corporations are people, my friend” as Mitt Romney put it, is sadly common among conservative lawmakers. Most significantly of all, the five conservative justices voted in Citizens United v. FEC to permit corporations to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Actually giving corporations the right to vote, however, is quite a step beyond what even this Supreme Court has embraced.

Draft Dodger Mitt Romney’s Vietnam and the 100th Day of the Romney Administration

November 03, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Civil Rights, White Privilege


GET OUT THE VOTE AND BRING THIS THING HOME

View CMP’s 2012 Election Voter Toolkit

VIDEO: Mitt Romney Talks About the Second Coming of Christ, the Rapture, and Prohibition Against Abortion

November 01, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Intersectionality, Poverty, Science/Technology, Spirituality


Mittens: “I vetoed any bill that was in favor of choice”

From LGF:

Here’s a very revealing video [from 2007] of Mitt Romney totally losing his cool in a radio interview at Iowa’s WHO 1040, when asked to comment on his Mormon faith’s position on abortion and women’s rights. Note that the interviewer, Jan Mickelson, actually seems to be on Romney’s side, but Romney rants at him as if he were an enemy.

Trick or Treat

October 31, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Economic Terrorism, Intersectionality, Poverty, Workers' Rights

Romney Campaign Documents Show Romney Camp Training Poll Watchers to Mislead Voters

October 30, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Voting Rights

From ThinkProgress:

Mitt Romney’s campaign has been training poll watchers in Wisconsin with highly misleading — and sometimes downright false — information about voters’ rights.

Documents from a recent Romney poll watcher training obtained by ThinkProgress contain several misleading or untrue claims about the rights of Wisconsin voters. A source passed along the following packet of documents, which was distributed to volunteers at a Romney campaign training in Racine on October 25th. In total, eight such trainings were held across the state in the past two weeks and 17 since late September.

One blatant falsehood occurs on page 5 of the training packet, which informed poll watchers that any “person [who] has been convicted of treason, a felony, or bribery” isn’t eligible to vote. This is not true. Once a Wisconsin voter who has been convicted of a felony completes his or her sentence, that person is once again eligible to vote.

The training also encouraged volunteers to deceive election workers and the public about who they were associated with. On page 3 of the packet, Romney poll workers were instructed to hide their affiliation with the campaign and told to sign in at the polls as a “concerned citizen” instead. As Kristina Sesek, Romney’s legal counsel who just graduated from Marquette Law School last year, explained, “We’re going to have you sign in this election cycle as a ‘concerned citizen.’ We’re just trying to alleviate some of the animosity of being a Republican observer up front.”

See also: Obama team asks Van Hollen to review Romney poll watcher info

Romney Volunteer Observer Training

Romney’s Fake Storm Relief Political Rally in Ohio, Obama: You’re Fired, Here are Some Canned Goods

October 30, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Civil Rights, Science/Technology, Spirituality


From ThinkProgress:

Despite promising to avoid political events while millions of residents in the northeast suffer through the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney made stop in the crucial swing state of Ohio on Tuesday morning and engaged in the very kind of electioneering his campaign pledged to forego.

The event itself was billed as a “storm relief” benefit, and the Romney campaign asked supporters to bring with them food and other goods to donate to victims of the storm. But soon, reporters poked holes in the campaign’s explanation for staging the rally. First, the relief event was scheduled for the same time and location as a recently canceled political rally. Then, photos emerged, showing that donors were asked to wait to drop off their goods until Romney arrived to accept them himself, suggesting a photo op not unlike the one his running mate Paul Ryan staged earlier this month in a soup kitchen. And Salon noticed that the targeted recipient of all of the donations — the Red Cross — doesn’t even accept most of what the Romney campaign collected in Ohio.

But just in case there were any lingering questions over the political nature of the relief rally, Romney’s staff left no room for doubt when they aired a biographical video that was part of the Republican National Convention in August (and used by the campaign at political events since).

Joss Whedon Endorses Mitt Romney’s Zombie Apocalypse

October 28, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Economic Terrorism, Spirituality, Sunday Music Flashback

Romney Family Invests in ‘Faulty’ Voting Machines That Will be Used in Ohio

October 24, 2012 By: seeta Category: 2012 Election, Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Economic Terrorism, Voting Rights

From Colorlines:

Mitt Romney, his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm that holds a majority share and three out of five board members in the company that owns the “notoriously faulty” electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7.

In other words, Mitt along with brother G. Scott Romney and Ann and Tagg Romney, have a straight-line financial interest in the company Hart Intercivic that will provide voting machines in the state that insiders predict will be this election’s key to the Electoral College final outcome.

No Republican candidate has ever won the White House without winning Ohio.

Free Press report has more details:

Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.

To make matters even more interesting, Forbes is reporting that two members of the Hart Intercivic board of directors have made direct contributions to the Romney campaign. Forbes reports:

To everyone’s amazement, we learn that two members of the Hart Intercivic board of directors, Neil Tuch and Jeff Bohl, have made direct contributions to the Romney campaign. This, despite the fact that they represent 40 percent of the full board of directors of a company whose independent, disinterested and studiously non-partisan status in any election taking place on their voting machines would seemingly be a ‘no brainer’.

To Mr. Bohl’s credit, after giving a total of $4,000 to “Romney For President”, it must have occurred to him that it might not look so good for a board member of a company whose voting machines are to be a part of the presidential election to be playing favorites—so he gave $250 to Barack Obama to sort of balance the scales.