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(Foreign Policy)   John McCain, who is supposed to be campaigning for Mitt Romney, complains that major campaign donor and casino-mogul Sheldon Adelson is feeding Chinese money into the U.S. political system   (thecable.foreignpolicy.com) divider line 84
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2012-06-16 04:13:16 PM
Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.
 
2012-06-16 04:40:53 PM
The party is devouring itself.

Why is McCain "supposed" to be campaigning for Romney? Let the man spend his very, very few remaining days in peace.
 
2012-06-16 04:58:48 PM

St_Francis_P: Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.


Yup, he definitely is far from the worst in that party. I like a lot of the stuff his daughter says too.
 
2012-06-16 05:09:22 PM
McCain and integrity in the same sentence? Not this century...
 
2012-06-16 05:10:00 PM

make me some tea: St_Francis_P: Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.

Yup, he definitely is far from the worst in that party. I like a lot of the stuff his daughter says too.


Annnndnnnndddd fark him. He still votes with his UnAmerican obstructionist asshat party members.
 
2012-06-16 05:10:18 PM
Not only is it Chinese money, it's Chinese gambling money, proving once and for all that religious convictions mean nothing to Romney.
 
2012-06-16 05:10:31 PM

make me some tea: St_Francis_P: Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.

Yup, he definitely is far from the worst in that party. I like a lot of the stuff his daughter says too.


I think you just 'hit' something with that remark. This is definitely his last term so he could be just making room for her. A long shot but 5 years is a long time..
 
2012-06-16 05:11:33 PM
So China is the new Bain Capital? Rmoney's going to fire us all and pocket some cash?

Selling out the USA... that's got to be worth, what? A cool half billion?
 
2012-06-16 05:11:47 PM
John McCain ...so unpredictable.
What will it be today- Douche / Not a Douche?
 
2012-06-16 05:12:08 PM
It's ironic that the last GOP candidate is the guy who has been stridently against corporate money floods in elections, and the current GOP candidate is trying to take advantage of the Capitol One Exxon-Mobil Clear Channel Communication STEAL IT ALL NOW! 2012 Extravaganza Super Supreme Court's "Let My Money Be Free and Liberty Shall Ring" promotion (call by midnight tonight, operators are standing by, no reasonable offer refused, offer void in Guam).

If ironic is the right word
 
2012-06-16 05:12:54 PM
You're crazy if you think that foreign companies aren't covering their bets by funding the Democrats too. Also, many multi-national companies, even ones run by Americans with American headquarters, don't view themselves as American and donate money to cover their own interests even when those interests conflict with the national interests. This is true in all countries that allow this sort of political contribution.
 
2012-06-16 05:14:00 PM
Old man gets it right at least twice a year, not as frequently as he pees in his pants or farts a wet one.
Definitely, a sign of his sincerity and honesty.
 
2012-06-16 05:14:52 PM
I say good. So many of our jobs go overseas, it's nice to see a return on investment.

/Vote Koopa
 
2012-06-16 05:16:12 PM

JasonOfOrillia: You're crazy if you think that foreign companies aren't covering their bets by funding the Democrats too.


So, vote republican?

Also, citation needed.
 
2012-06-16 05:16:30 PM
So anyone who earns money overseas or exports anything loses their First Amendment rights..because that money was once owned by foreign individuals? Good to know.
 
2012-06-16 05:17:48 PM

JasonOfOrillia: You're crazy if you think that foreign companies aren't covering their bets by funding the Democrats too


Yeah but Romney has sent so many jobs to China, he's probably an honorary Chinaman.
 
2012-06-16 05:18:17 PM

janzee: make me some tea: St_Francis_P: Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.

Yup, he definitely is far from the worst in that party. I like a lot of the stuff his daughter says too.

I think you just 'hit' something with that remark. This is definitely his last term so he could be just making room for her. A long shot but 5 years is a long time..


Hmm, indeed.
 
2012-06-16 05:18:21 PM

St_Francis_P: Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.


He was pretty good in his 2000 version before the crazies took him over. He's always had a spine on campaign finance issues though.
 
2012-06-16 05:19:00 PM

SoundOfOneHandWanking: McCain and integrity in the same sentence? Not this century...


He may not want to remember it either, but he defended Obama during the campaign when a nutjob was running at the mouth.
 
2012-06-16 05:20:36 PM

JasonOfOrillia: You're crazy if you think that foreign companies aren't covering their bets by funding the Democrats too. Also, many multi-national companies, even ones run by Americans with American headquarters, don't view themselves as American and donate money to cover their own interests even when those interests conflict with the national interests. This is true in all countries that allow this sort of political contribution.


Both sides are bad, right.
 
2012-06-16 05:20:43 PM

Mugato: he's probably an honorary Chinaman.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-16 05:22:51 PM
What's the Mormon stance on gambling? Is Romney a hypocrite for accepting a casino mogul's support? I need to know in order to better calibrate my outrage.
 
2012-06-16 05:27:30 PM
His definition of foreign money is about as f*cked up as he is.

It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.

He's right that Citizen's United is a f*ckied up Supreme Court ruling. He's completely wrong about foreign money. If it were a Chinese National donating $10,000,000? Sure. Unless you think the players in Macau are losing on purpose and that money is directly funneled, after being exchanged to dollars, to PACs...

I'm sure there is foreign money involved, but this is a f*cking horrible example.
 
2012-06-16 05:30:30 PM

fusillade762: What's the Mormon stance on gambling? Is Romney a hypocrite for accepting a casino mogul's support? I need to know in order to better calibrate my outrage.


Oh yeah, Mormons aren't supposed to gamble. But it doesn't say anything about taking their money if given to them. This is pretty low on the Romney outrage meter, only because there's so much else.
 
2012-06-16 05:32:36 PM

NewportBarGuy: His definition of foreign money is about as f*cked up as he is.

It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.

He's right that Citizen's United is a f*ckied up Supreme Court ruling. He's completely wrong about foreign money. If it were a Chinese National donating $10,000,000? Sure. Unless you think the players in Macau are losing on purpose and that money is directly funneled, after being exchanged to dollars, to PACs...

I'm sure there is foreign money involved, but this is a f*cking horrible example.


This. I'm sure there are much better examples.
 
2012-06-16 05:37:14 PM

NewportBarGuy: . Unless you think the players in Macau are losing on purpose and that money is directly funneled, after being exchanged to dollars, to PACs...


Right because China has a long history of doing things by the book.
 
2012-06-16 05:39:03 PM

St_Francis_P: Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.


I wish I could agree with you, but he's doing it by repeating a classic lie about money, that somehow it belongs not to the person who earned it, but the people who spent it. This is a lie Republicans LOVE to use when talking about "taxpayer money".
 
2012-06-16 05:39:43 PM

NewportBarGuy: His definition of foreign money is about as f*cked up as he is.

It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.

He's right that Citizen's United is a f*ckied up Supreme Court ruling. He's completely wrong about foreign money. If it were a Chinese National donating $10,000,000? Sure. Unless you think the players in Macau are losing on purpose and that money is directly funneled, after being exchanged to dollars, to PACs...

I'm sure there is foreign money involved, but this is a f*cking horrible example.


You have it correct. Adelson is funneling Chinese money to Romney the same way public sector unions are funneling taxpayer money to democratic candidates. The money is no longer Chinese when they lose it gambling, and the money is no longer the taxpayer's once a government employee is paid.
 
2012-06-16 05:39:51 PM

JasonOfOrillia: You're crazy if you think that foreign companies aren't covering their bets by funding the Democrats too. Also, many multi-national companies, even ones run by Americans with American headquarters, don't view themselves as American and donate money to cover their own interests even when those interests conflict with the national interests. This is true in all countries that allow this sort of political contribution.


So, both sides are bad, you say?
 
2012-06-16 05:39:53 PM

Komplex: Right because China has a long history of doing things by the book.


Right, because a guy who already is giving his cash directly to any candidate who promises to place Israeli interests before American interests is clearly just funneling money for the Chinese.

Yeah, that's a brilliant retort.

Try again?
 
2012-06-16 05:48:58 PM
Where is the god-damned HERO tag?
 
2012-06-16 05:51:00 PM

NewportBarGuy: Right, because a guy who already is giving his cash directly to any candidate who promises to place Israeli interests before American interests is clearly just funneling money for the Chinese.


500memes.com
 
2012-06-16 05:52:53 PM

NewportBarGuy: It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.


That works for me. Of course, I'm for federal funding of elections (and ONLY federal funding), so I'm probably a socialist commie nazi.
 
2012-06-16 06:00:56 PM
I just want to point out that Adelson is against online poker, which makes him a hypocrite douche like Rmoney, who declared himself against online poker while being interviewed inside a Las Vegas casino.
This was a job/hobby of mine before Black Friday last year. Just another reason to not vote Republican. I'm going to vote for Gary Johnson, the only (former) Republican who made sense when allowed on the debates.
 
2012-06-16 06:02:32 PM

dahmers love zombie: NewportBarGuy: It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.

That works for me. Of course, I'm for federal funding of elections (and ONLY federal funding), so I'm probably a socialist commie nazi.


You're not a socialist commie nazi - just impractical. Where do you draw the line? Can I say, "Vote for Obama," on Fark? Can Drew put a "Vote for Romney" banner on Fark? Can Google put one on Google? Can I put one on a domain I own? My facebook page? Can I say it on HAM radio? Can I say it if I'm a guest on Howard Stern's radio show? Can I say it if I'm Howard Stern? Can I say it if I own the radio station? TV station? Fox News?
 
2012-06-16 06:05:56 PM

janzee: I think you just 'hit' something with that remark. This is definitely his last term so he could be just making room for her. A long shot but 5 years is a long time..


I could be wrong, but I just don't see her having that sort of ambition.
 
2012-06-16 06:06:15 PM

Milo1974: I just want to point out that Adelson is against online poker, which makes him a hypocrite douche like Rmoney, who declared himself against online poker while being interviewed inside a Las Vegas casino.
This was a job/hobby of mine before Black Friday last year. Just another reason to not vote Republican. I'm going to vote for Gary Johnson, the only (former) Republican who made sense when allowed on the debates.


Adelson is against online poker because it directly hurts his business interests. That's just buying votes in your own self interest.
 
2012-06-16 06:07:20 PM

dahmers love zombie: That works for me. Of course, I'm for federal funding of elections (and ONLY federal funding), so I'm probably a socialist commie nazi.


Well, that's the ideal. Having to trust people to select the donate box on their 1040 is a little suspect.

I just don't want unlimited donations to PACS and bundlers of individual donations should be drawn and quartered. That whole "secret trick" of donating to the DNC or RNC so you can give $25,000 (I think)? That's bullshiat.

$2,500 is the max $5k for primary and general. Combine that with federal matching and we might be somewhere. Adjust it for inflation, but NO corporate money, aside from similar $2.5 and $5k levels. If they are a f*cking person as Mitt wants them to be, and the law allows them to be, they only get to donate as ONE person. They already decide sh*t with lobbyists. Until we actually reign in lobbying, the election should be about individual donations only.
 
2012-06-16 06:12:19 PM

dahmers love zombie: NewportBarGuy: It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.

That works for me. Of course, I'm for federal funding of elections (and ONLY federal funding), so I'm probably a socialist commie nazi.


I wonder how such a system might affect third party political parties? Or the main stream party not currently dominant? Could it be manipulated so that, once one party is in power, they can remain in power indefinitely? Could it be used to create even tougher barriers to political participation by third parties?

When I try to google it, I get a lot of links about the Supreme Court decision referenced in this article. I hit a few sites that give a rather simplistic explanation of what a third party is; a few that describe current barriers to third party political participation. I haven't, however, seen a site that gives good information on how our political system might be affected by total federal funding of elections. I am particularly interested in any potential negative consequences because I think knowing what might come up is the best start for creating an effective contingency plan for dealing with those issues.

So, if you have information, share, please.
 
2012-06-16 06:20:30 PM

vygramul: dahmers love zombie: NewportBarGuy: It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.

That works for me. Of course, I'm for federal funding of elections (and ONLY federal funding), so I'm probably a socialist commie nazi.

You're not a socialist commie nazi - just impractical. Where do you draw the line? Can I say, "Vote for Obama," on Fark? Can Drew put a "Vote for Romney" banner on Fark? Can Google put one on Google? Can I put one on a domain I own? My facebook page? Can I say it on HAM radio? Can I say it if I'm a guest on Howard Stern's radio show? Can I say it if I'm Howard Stern? Can I say it if I own the radio station? TV station? Fox News?


How's this for an idea? Say whatever you want..run whatever ad you like, so long as you aren't coordinating with the candidate's official campaign.
 
2012-06-16 06:22:24 PM

NewportBarGuy: dahmers love zombie: That works for me. Of course, I'm for federal funding of elections (and ONLY federal funding), so I'm probably a socialist commie nazi.

Well, that's the ideal. Having to trust people to select the donate box on their 1040 is a little suspect.

I just don't want unlimited donations to PACS and bundlers of individual donations should be drawn and quartered. That whole "secret trick" of donating to the DNC or RNC so you can give $25,000 (I think)? That's bullshiat.

$2,500 is the max $5k for primary and general. Combine that with federal matching and we might be somewhere. Adjust it for inflation, but NO corporate money, aside from similar $2.5 and $5k levels. If they are a f*cking person as Mitt wants them to be, and the law allows them to be, they only get to donate as ONE person. They already decide sh*t with lobbyists. Until we actually reign in lobbying, the election should be about individual donations only.


I assumed he intended to fund elections with a more solid kind of funding than reliance on donations alone. I rather like your plan. For a moment, I thought "Why not go a step further and ban donations from businesses or any other organization with donations coming only from individual humans?" I realized that you then have banned donations from unions, churches, and human rights advocacy groups. I think if the same restrictions, as you described, were applied to all organizations - even the obscenely wealthy ones - that would work.

I still have some concerns about how funds would be distributed with federally funded elections. I would like to know how we would safeguard against manipulation and abuse of such a system. I think, if we can figure that out, it might be an improvement over our current system, but we should definitely figure those things out before we jump.
 
2012-06-16 06:30:40 PM

Lunaville: I still have some concerns about how funds would be distributed with federally funded elections. I would like to know how we would safeguard against manipulation and abuse of such a system. I think, if we can figure that out, it might be an improvement over our current system, but we should definitely figure those things out before we jump.


Right? You'd think before we give a sh*t about Iranian nukes, Syria, or anything else we'd at least focus on how best we should be running our own Democracy.

We can totally debate the specifics. I'd really enjoy that. I'd also like to see a 50-state uniform voting system with paper receipts for votes... an accurate count would be nice, right?

We pay so much attention to other sh*t that we don't focus on our own house. McCain-Feingold was actually a step in the right direction, but it was only a step. This is a conversation we must have along with taxes.

However, like the sex talk with your kids, we avoid them at all costs. Hopefully, everything will work out on it's own.

We're children, unable to face up to our responsibilities.
 
2012-06-16 06:31:31 PM

Cataholic: vygramul: dahmers love zombie: NewportBarGuy: It's Adelson's money. He "earned" it through all the various operations of his company, which is international. That is like saying you can't accept "foreign money" from the CEO of GE because most of their profits come from overseas contracts.

That works for me. Of course, I'm for federal funding of elections (and ONLY federal funding), so I'm probably a socialist commie nazi.

You're not a socialist commie nazi - just impractical. Where do you draw the line? Can I say, "Vote for Obama," on Fark? Can Drew put a "Vote for Romney" banner on Fark? Can Google put one on Google? Can I put one on a domain I own? My facebook page? Can I say it on HAM radio? Can I say it if I'm a guest on Howard Stern's radio show? Can I say it if I'm Howard Stern? Can I say it if I own the radio station? TV station? Fox News?

How's this for an idea? Say whatever you want..run whatever ad you like, so long as you aren't coordinating with the candidate's official campaign.


I believe truth in advertising should be enforced whether it's jelly or a politician being sold. So, I might go for this as long as egregious lies are banned, fined, and called out. So, for instance if a group claimed that an always civilian politician had the endorsement of some veterans' group, rather than endorsing the veteran in the race, when, in fact, that organization actually does not endorse any politician: the ad should be pulled, the group fined heavily, and it should be renounced in all media where the ad appeared. And all of that should happen prior to the election.
 
2012-06-16 06:34:23 PM

NewportBarGuy: Lunaville: I still have some concerns about how funds would be distributed with federally funded elections. I would like to know how we would safeguard against manipulation and abuse of such a system. I think, if we can figure that out, it might be an improvement over our current system, but we should definitely figure those things out before we jump.

Right? You'd think before we give a sh*t about Iranian nukes, Syria, or anything else we'd at least focus on how best we should be running our own Democracy.

We can totally debate the specifics. I'd really enjoy that. I'd also like to see a 50-state uniform voting system with paper receipts for votes... an accurate count would be nice, right?

We pay so much attention to other sh*t that we don't focus on our own house. McCain-Feingold was actually a step in the right direction, but it was only a step. This is a conversation we must have along with taxes.

However, like the sex talk with your kids, we avoid them at all costs. Hopefully, everything will work out on it's own.

We're children, unable to face up to our responsibilities.


Oh, I love the idea of a 50-state uniform voting system with paper receipts. Can we add all federal primaries and elections will be held on the same date? That no vote counts will be announced until polls have closed in Hawaii or, at least, California?
 
2012-06-16 06:38:23 PM

cptjeff: Milo1974: I just want to point out that Adelson is against online poker, which makes him a hypocrite douche like Rmoney, who declared himself against online poker while being interviewed inside a Las Vegas casino.
This was a job/hobby of mine before Black Friday last year. Just another reason to not vote Republican. I'm going to vote for Gary Johnson, the only (former) Republican who made sense when allowed on the debates.

Adelson is against online poker because it directly hurts his business interests. That's just buying votes in your own self interest.


Yep. This is pretty the stand of most casino operators. Online poker/gaming is generally bad....UNLESS....as the current winds are blowing, companies that own land based casinos will be able to operate online casinos. Suddenly, online gaming is awesome.

....And as a side note, this is also why Zynga has been supposedly rumored to be attempting to buy the Hooters casino (or another rinky dink off-strip casino in Vegas) as that will let them become an official online gambling company if the current thinking becomes law.
 
2012-06-16 06:42:25 PM

NewportBarGuy: Right? You'd think before we give a sh*t about Iranian nukes, Syria, or anything else we'd at least focus on how best we should be running our own Democracy.


Right on, brother. Citizens United may be the single worst Supreme Court ruling in the history of the US. Even worse than Dred Scott.

We can totally debate the specifics. I'd really enjoy that. I'd also like to see a 50-state uniform voting system with paper receipts for votes... an accurate count would be nice, right?

Alas, I can tell you people don't really want that. At least, not any we've managed to come up with. I worked on voter protection issues for the VA Democratic Party for a few elections. VA had two options for voters: an electronic vote and a paper vote that had the paper-trail. One of the things we found was that people preferred the electronic voting by almost 10:1, in a state where the polling was more like 60-40 in favor of paper. People vote with their feet, and they vote for convenience over reliability.

It's a shame, really.
 
2012-06-16 06:45:31 PM

Lunaville: Can we add all federal primaries and elections will be held on the same date? That no vote counts will be announced until polls have closed in Hawaii or, at least, California?


Nah... You still have to let that process work itself out. THAT is really part of our system. As much as many of us dislike it, we at least get to kick the tires and see what they're made of, even when it gets ugly. I think they need to stop f*cking around with the dates of primaries, but i actually think that process is healthy, as much as it is destructive.

I'd be fine if they didn't announce the results until 7am the next day. What's the rush? Are we going to spontaneously combust without the answer before we drift off to sleep? Of course, good luck getting the networks to agree to that. Last I checked they were owned by international corporations that controlled our process anyway. They won't allow that to happen. They love money.
 
2012-06-16 06:47:15 PM

vygramul: Alas, I can tell you people don't really want that. At least, not any we've managed to come up with. I worked on voter protection issues for the VA Democratic Party for a few elections. VA had two options for voters: an electronic vote and a paper vote that had the paper-trail. One of the things we found was that people preferred the electronic voting by almost 10:1, in a state where the polling was more like 60-40 in favor of paper. People vote with their feet, and they vote for convenience over reliability.

It's a shame, really.


Is electronic voting WITH a paper receipt not an option?
 
2012-06-16 06:49:59 PM

Satanic_Hamster: make me some tea: St_Francis_P: Good for him. McCain has his occasional moments of integrity.

Yup, he definitely is far from the worst in that party. I like a lot of the stuff his daughter says too.

Annnndnnnndddd fark him. He still votes with his UnAmerican obstructionist asshat party members.


McCain has legitimacy on campaign finance. At least when he isn't running for President. Otherwise though what he says versus how he votes is a bit shaky.
 
2012-06-16 06:51:08 PM

vygramul: NewportBarGuy: Right? You'd think before we give a sh*t about Iranian nukes, Syria, or anything else we'd at least focus on how best we should be running our own Democracy.

Right on, brother. Citizens United may be the single worst Supreme Court ruling in the history of the US. Even worse than Dred Scott.

We can totally debate the specifics. I'd really enjoy that. I'd also like to see a 50-state uniform voting system with paper receipts for votes... an accurate count would be nice, right?

Alas, I can tell you people don't really want that. At least, not any we've managed to come up with. I worked on voter protection issues for the VA Democratic Party for a few elections. VA had two options for voters: an electronic vote and a paper vote that had the paper-trail. One of the things we found was that people preferred the electronic voting by almost 10:1, in a state where the polling was more like 60-40 in favor of paper. People vote with their feet, and they vote for convenience over reliability.

It's a shame, really.


So, to clarify, people stated that they preferred paper ballots, but when time to vote they opted for electronic voting? Is that correct? If so, how much choice did they really have? Aren't precincts assigned to a voter? Was both electronic and paper voting offered at every precinct? If it wasn't offered at every precinct and a voter can't opt to vote in a precinct to which he is not assigned, are you sure a preference for electronic voting has really been demonstrated?
 
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