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Politico: Tea party fumes over campaign finance plan

Tea party activists are attacking a campaign finance rider in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that they view as a sneaky power grab by establishment Republicans designed to undermine outside conservative groups.

The provision would increase the amount of money a single donor could give to national party committees each year from $97,200 to as much as $777,600 by allowing them to set up different funds for certain expenses. The change would be a huge boost for party committees that have faced steep challenges in recent years from well-funded outside groups.

Disgruntled activists fear the committees will unleash the added cash against conservative candidates in primaries, making it even harder for them to unseat establishment-friendly incumbents. Most tea party groups have political action committees for which individual donations are capped at $10,000 per election cycle. Some also have super PACs, which do not have any contribution limits.

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The Wall Street Journal: Tea Party Angered by Fundraising Change in Spending Bill

It’s not often that Democrats and the tea party end up on the same side of a debate. But a hotly contested clause in the spending bill lawmakers revealed Tuesday, which would effectively allow individuals to contribute 10 times the current limit to national parties, is creating unlikely allies.

A string of tea-party groups are protesting the clause—which would allow national party committees to raise money for conventions, building renovations and election recounts under higher contribution limits—for returning too much power to the “Washington establishment,” highlighting the rift that has emerged in the Republican Party in recent years between its conservative wing and pro-business incumbents. The 2014 election saw nearly across-the-board victories for the latter group.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United—a tea-party group behind the lawsuit that resulted in the Supreme Court striking down decades-old limits on corporate political expenditures—said in a statement, “What congressional leaders are doing is what they do best: protecting incumbents and the two-party system. The Omnibus rider will only strengthen the Washington Establishment in both parties and not create a level playing field for candidates who are outside the beltway.” He called for the limits on contributions to PACs to be raised.

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Citizens United TV Movie Schedule (NewsMax TV) December 13th & 14th

Tune in or set your DVRs for this Saturday and Sunday to catch a portion of the Citizens United movie library which will be airing on NewsMax. Click here to find out how to find their channel on your service provider.

Below is this weekend's scheduled airings:

Saturday, December 13th

Perfect Valor airs at midnight

Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous With Destiny airs at 9pm

Sunday, December 14th

Generation Zero airs at 10pm


Bossie: Omnibus Rider On Campaign Finance Only Strengthens Washington Establishment

Washington, DC –Citizens United President David N. Bossie made the following statement in regard to the campaign finance Omnibus rider that boosts party committees and not other hard dollar Political Action Committees (PACs).

“What Congressional Leaders are doing is what they do best; protecting incumbents and the two-party system. The Omnibus rider will only strengthen the Washington Establishment in both parties and not create a level playing field for candidates who are outside the beltway.

“Citizens United v. FEC, eliminated limits for independent speech, but did not address limits on contributions to candidates, party committees, or hard dollar political action committees. The contribution limits for those entities remained in place. The Omnibus rider provides additional funding sources to party committees, but fails to address contribution limits to traditional political committees or candidates. Individual limits increase every two years with inflation, however the $5,000 hard dollar PAC limit has not increased in nearly 40 years. These limits should be raised to more realistic levels so these candidates and committees can more effectively make their voices heard.

“The party committees exist to protect incumbents. The National Republican Senatorial Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee have made clear their mission is reelecting their own. They differ from organizations like Citizens United Political Victory Fund which make a habit of championing true conservative candidates, even if it means taking on currently elected members of the Establishment.”


AP: Delays Plague Hillary Clinton's State Dept. Files

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.

The agency already has missed deadlines it set for itself to turn over the material.

The State Department denied the AP's requests, and rejected the AP's subsequent appeals, to release the records sought quickly under a provision in the law reserved for journalists requesting federal records about especially newsworthy topics.

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Citizens United Files FOIA Lawsuit Against State Department

Washington, DC – Today, Citizens United filed a FOIA lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States State Department.

“As Citizens United conducts pre-production research for the sequel to Hillary The Movie, the State Department has stonewalled our request for public records on official taxpayer-funded travel overseas,” said David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United. “The American people have a right to know who accompanied Secretary Clinton on these trips. Were there any big political contributors to previous or future Clinton campaigns on board? Were there any Clinton Foundation financial supporters on board? These are important questions that need to be answered, especially considering the allegations that arose regarding Commerce Department trade missions during the Clinton Administration in the 1990s.”

Timeline Of How We Got To This Point:


• On May 13, 2014 Citizens United filed a FOIA request with the Air Force District of Washington requesting passenger manifests and mission expense records for Special Air Mission flights of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
• On May 22, 2014 the Air Force District of Washington notified Citizens United that it did not have any responsive records and was transferring the request to the Air Mobility Command.
• Air Mobility Command notified Citizens United on June 2, 2014 that it had “no records” pertaining to the manifests or expense records for Secretary Clinton’s Special Air Mission flights. Following an appeal from Citizens United the Air Mobility Command explained that it did “conduct a thorough search for responsive records” but that “[n]o mission expense records were located, and the Air Force does not keep a copy of the manifest once a flight is completed.”
• On July 15, 2014 Citizens United filed a FOIA request with the State Department requesting the passenger manifests and mission expense records that the Air Force had failed to keep records of. The Air Force had suggested to Citizens United that such records should be requested from the State Department.
• The State Department, by law, had until August 12, 2014 to produce any and all responsive documents, unless they were subject to an exemption from FOIA.
• As of December 9, 2014 the State Department has yet to provide any documents, or provide any information as to when they may comply with Citizens United’s FOIA request.
• Because the State Department has failed to comply with FOIA, Citizens United’s next step is to file a lawsuit to compel production of the documents.

Breitbart: Chris Christie to join Steve King conference with Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie will attend The Iowa Freedom Summit with Republican Rep. Steve King on January 24. The event is co-hosted by Citizens United and is seen as a step on the road to the 2016 presidential elections.

Other confirmed guests for the forum include potential 2016 hopefuls such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin will also attend the event, together with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

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Des Moines Register: Chris Christie To Attend Conservative Summit In Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend a conservative summit in Iowa next month, a spokesman for a group sponsoring the event said.

Jeff Marschner with Citizens United said Monday that Christie will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines. The conservative group is sponsoring the event along with Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.

Christie is weighing a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He made several visits to the early voting state during the midterm election cycle, including a stop at a King fundraiser. The summit would put him in front of a more conservative crowd than he has seen in many of his past visits.

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The Hill: Chris Christie Heading Back To Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel to Iowa next month for a conservative gathering.

Christie, who is considering running for president, will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and outside group Citizens United. King invited Christie, according to The Associated Press.

The potential 2016 hopeful also spent time in the state campaigning for candidates during the midterm elections.

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NJ.com: Chris Christie heading back to presidential battleground state of Iowa, report says

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie reportedly isn’t done with talking to Iowa voters face-to-face, even though the midterm elections have come and gone.

The governor is returning to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state in January to attend the “Iowa Freedom Summit,” according to the Associated Press. The event is being co-hosted by U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Citizens United.

It will be the first time Christie returns to the state since the midterm elections. New Jersey’s governor made four trips to Iowa campaigning for fellow Republicans in the lead-up to the Nov. 4 elections.

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