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Thursday, December 12, 2013

RepresentUS: For High Information People Only (Video)

Re-blog from RepresentUS.....

As we move towards awakening to the horrors of US politics ruled by money, RepresentUS is moving towards educating those who want to be be educated.  There are millions who blindly follow and cast votes that are leading to a US plutocracy and oligarchy.  Can you imagine a world where lobbyist have the final say in all matters of federal and state governance? Well, can you imagine we are getting awful close?

If you need a basic example, we offer:

Think of the 2010 mid-terms elections and the tragedy that follows our failure to it the polls with progressive "UMPH."  Koch brothers money funneled into tax free organizations such as FreedomWorks and many others, as well as funding of the Tea Party's false premise and activities contributed to the GOP infestation of the House of Representatives.  Has the US ever witnessed a group of legislative quacks comparable to the 'crew" resulting from the 2012 mid-term?  More significantly the strategy to win in 2010 reaped GOP dividends far beyond your and my comprehension (at the time).  The party in with the House majority in January of 2011, was handed the "magic wand' of congressional redistricting just after the competed 2010 Census.  The Kochs, Karl Rove and the rest of the plutocracy mongers could ask for nothing better.

We literally gave ourselves a the Sequesters, a shutdown federal government to the tune of $24 billion, the GOP War on Women, voter suppression like never before, reduced funding of Public Education, and a GOP treasure chest of obstruction to the nation's 44th President that is unparalleled in both actuality, scope and in net-net affect on the US economy.

If we pay attention to organizations like RepresentUS and other information treasure troves, we can and will make better election decisions. Examples of types of information shared by RepresentUS is posted in the table below. 

http://youtu.be/LWnJr_amf_A


Representative Jim Himes first caught our attention when he helped push through a bill written by CitiGroup lobbyists. As it just so happens, CitiGroup is also Rep. Himes’ #1 financial backer. That’s why we decided to make a “generous donation” of our own. 
We decided to target Jim Himes because he’s emblematic of a much larger systemic problem: Our Congress is being corrupted by big money and no longer represents the people. Rep. Himes co-sponsored and helped push a bill called H.R. 992 through the House. 992 would further deregulate derivatives, a financial instrument that played a major role in the 2008 crisis (source).
Our organization doesn’t have a position on derivatives trading. What we do have a position is corruption, and this is a textbook case. The New York Times revealed that 992 was written by big bank lobbyists — 70 of the 85 lines in 992 were written by lobbyists for CitiGroup (source).
 
As it just so happens, Jim Himes has received more money from CitiGroup than any other member of Congress — The only politicians who received more money from CitiGroup in the 2012 election cycle were Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (source). 7 of the top 10 interests funding his campaign committee and leadership PAC were financial services institutions (source). 
The Congressman who co-sponsored a bill written by big bank lobbyists — a bill which would directly benefit big banks if it ever becomes law — is completely dependent on those same banks to get reelected. Jim Himes also sits on the House Financial Services committee. He’s supposed to regulate the financial sector, and instead he’s letting their lobbyists write our laws. It’s flagrantly corrupt, and astonishingly legal. 
What used to be a shoebox full of unmarked bills has been replaced with a handful of checks from a lobbyist. The nature of corruption has evolved, and our laws have failed to evolve with it. That’s why we’re pushing for the American Anti-Corruption Act: A law that would put and end to the legalized bribery that’s come to define modern politics. Click here to read the Act, and add your name to the petition on this page to show your support the Act and join the movement.
The following accompanies the YouTube video above.
Published on Dec 6, 2013
Rep. Jim Himes lets lobbyists and donors write our laws, so we decided to make a "generous donation" of our own. Learn more and take action at https://represent.us/action/operation...

----- Sources -----

How did your Rep vote on H.R. 992?
[1] https://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote...

Contributions by Vote
[1] http://maplight.org/us-congress/bill/...

On H.R. 992, derivatives regulation:
[1] http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/10/2...
[2] http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/10/3...

Citigroup's Involvement:
[1] http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/2...
[2] http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...
[3] http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/05/2...
[4] http://maplight.org/content/73351/cit...

Representative Jim Himes (D - CT):
[1] https://www.opensecrets.org/politicia...
[2] https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/reci...
[3] http://maplight.org/content/73257
[4] http://www.businessweek.com/articles/...
[5] http://dccc.org/blog/entry/dccc_chair...

How derivatives work:
[1] http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/1...
[2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3im-i...

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