The following item found at Daily Kos is an exercise in sarcasm. Surely the right-wing haters of the POTUS will find many things wrong with his socialist donation list! (Snark)
President Obama’s 2011 tax returns reveal that he made charitable donations to 39 organizations (totaling $172,130). Of those 39 organizations, one is so shocking, so scandalous, that it may justifiably derail his chances in 2012.
And he will have only himself to blame.
The culprit – which stunningly stands out in stark relief – can be seen in this image taken from his returns:
If you notice, the largest donation Obama made – $117,130 – went to a shady organization with unmistakable communist ties. That organization, The Fisher House, is infiltrating many of our military complexes. It’s shaping the minds and lives of many of our country’s future communal and political elite. And because of donations like Obama’s, its influence is growing.
Here’s how they unabashedly describe themselves:
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
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Branded as a revelatory scoop uncovering previously unknown donations from George Soros to NPR, James O’Keefe’s latest sting on NPR was debunked as a non-story within hours of its release.
The news that O’Keefe purports to “break” — that Soros had previously donated to the public broadcaster via grants from Soros’ Open Society Institute — had, in fact, long been publicly known through tax records and even press releases.
“We believe that journalism is a pillar of an open and democratic society and a critical tool for transparency and accountability,” a spokeswoman for OSI, Laura Silber, told TPM after sending over a list of previous grants to NPR and affiliates. “A free and independent press serves as a watchdog of both government and the private sector. NPR, which is a respected national news organization, provides an excellent vehicle for regional and national analyses of the most critical issues facing our country.”
The new audio recording features NPR director of institutional giving Betsy Liley talking with one of O’Keefe’s actors, a member of a phony Muslim group claiming to want to donate $5 million to NPR. In their conversation, Liley discusses donations from George Soros, noting that after conservative attacks on him intensified he asked that his name not be mentioned on the air as a sponsor. Continue reading…
The fundraising prowess of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is being called into question this week, as Roll Call reports that the FEC is asking her campaign’s treasurer to itemize nearly $1.5 million in individual donations.
In a series of three letters, FEC campaign finance analyst Benjamin Holly asks Bachmann treasurer Andy Parrish to account for a number of contributions dating from the October filing period until a report submitted nearly two weeks after the election.
Parrish has since told USA Today that the request is not unusual, and that he plans to abide by its demands by the Thursday deadline.
“The campaign had more than 100,000 donors, demonstrating a broad base of support, but also requiring a large record-keeping operation,” he said. “The campaign will continue to ensure that it acts in full compliance with FEC rules.”
Bachmann shattered fundraising records on her path to victory in the election cycle’s most expensive House race, bringing in a grand total of $13.2 million in donations, including a whopping and unprecedented $5.4 million in a three-month period.
The congresswoman’s campaign ran into similar filing problems last year, due to errors in her campaign finance reports. The inquiry was later addressed without any further issue.
For more on the specific FEC requests, check out Roll Call.
In the history of the United States, I don’t think that any president has ever been confronted by a more powerful enemy than the United States Chamber of Commerce and those top companies that comprise the USCOC.
The Daily Beast
A new analysis of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s donations show just why Obama has been attacking the group so hard. The chamber, which is the world’s largest nonprofit lobbying group, receives millions of donations from big businesses and then turns the money into a powerful tool to fight regulation of those industries. For example, insurance companies poured at least $10 million into the chamber’s coffers while the Obama administration was fighting for health-care reform. Now the group has turned to electoral battles, spreading its largesse almost exclusively to Republican candidates. Its donations are anonymous.
Read it at The New York Times