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Karl Rove’s SuperPAC blatantly ignores federal election law

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A watchdog group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission and the FBI against U.S. superpac Crossroads GPS for not disclosing its contributors.

In the complaint to the FEC and the letter to the FBI, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said Crossroads GPS violated federal election law by failing to disclose the identities of contributors, as mentioned by Crossroads head Karl Rove, who donated $6 million specifically to fund independent expenditures in the Ohio Senate race.

CREW said Crossroads GPS also broke the law by soliciting donations to be spent on the Virginia, Montana and Nevada Senate races, but failed to disclose the donors.

“Karl Rove and Crossroads GPS didn’t just skirt around the edges of the law. This time it appears they jumped headlong into a criminal conspiracy,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said Thursday in a release.

Federal law requires groups such as Crossroads GPS to disclose sources of its money to the FEC if the donors earmarked their funds for specific advertisements.

CREW said during an August fundraiser, Rove said an anonymous donor gave Crossroads GPS $3 million specifically for the Ohio Senate race, telling Rove it was a “matching challenge” dependent on the group raising another $3 million for the race. Crossroads GPS spent $6.36 million on independent expenditures in the Ohio race, but did not disclose any donors in any of the reports filed with the FEC.

During the same event, CREW alleged, Crossroads GPS showed participants an ad it made for five other Senate races, after which former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Crossroads GPS President Steven Law asked donors for more money, which CREW said presumably was to fund the ads or others similar to them. Crossroads GPS spent $17.4 million in these races after the fundraiser, but did not disclose any donors in the reports it filed, CREW said.

Face it. The Republican Party has the ideological wing of the Supreme Court in their pants pocket. The sleazy Citizens United decision proved it. It opened the floodgates for just about any expense, fundraising, rathole money to be protected from public oversight during and after an election.

The solution will require Congressional legislation – and replacing a few of the outdated conservative flunkies on the Supreme Court.

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Written by Ed Campbell

November 17, 2012 at 6:00 am

TV documentary crew rescue sailors from burning ship

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Several sailors have been rescued from a fire on board a ship in the Persian gulf by a TV crew who happened to be filming in the area.

Iranian state television reported the ship was carrying fuel to Iran’s Bandar Abbas port when a large blaze broke out on board.

All nine crew members were able to escape onto the TV documentary makers’ small boat.

Great timing – and an exclusive.

Written by Ed Campbell

February 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Brits become the first to row to the North Pole

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The final 2 miles held their only encounter with ice

An explorer on Friday said he was “exhilarated” after he and his crew became the first people to row to the magnetic north pole.

Jock Wishart and his five-man team took just under four weeks to complete the 450-mile route. They encountered polar bears and collided with icebergs as they travelled through the Arctic waters in their specially designed vessel.

The trip has only recently become possible because of an increase in seasonal ice melt in the Arctic, which has opened up the waters.

Wishart, who was born in Dumfries, organised the Old Pulteney Row to the pole to highlight the effects of climate change on the ice in the region.

He said: “I think this is one of my greatest achievements. It was a dream four years ago but now it’s reality. Up until last night we still could not say with certainty that we would reach our destination, so we are all exhilarated and relieved that weather conditions were in our favour and we have completed our row to the magnetic north pole while it was still possible.

It is an enormous achievement, and a privilege for our team to have been part of what is one of the world’s last great firsts…”

Throughout the journey, the rowing crew worked with scientific research partners to provide environmental data on the impact of arctic deterioration on the polar landscape.

RTFA for more of the details. One of the explorers is a cinematographer – so, sooner or later, we’ll get to see a documentary about the expedition.

Endurance challenges send a spark to unique human beings. Perhaps these require skills and talents leftover from earlier days in our evolution. Combined with modern training and nutrition knowledge, human beings are capable of amazing efforts.

During the record attempt, the crew consumed 7,000 calories a day. Each.

Written by Ed Campbell

August 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

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