Werderano wrote:

The bubbelist made some straw men based on the “information” and perspective the unfree media is selling to the uncritical and underinformed consumer, so some more information about the “clean war” argument which those puppets are repeating…


Thanks! I was also reading about the hospital attack which the media tried to cover up (unsucessfully) and that the UN condemned both the US Govt and the Afghan Govt for.

Have read about those towers since a longer time at

The Intelligence Community Casts Its Vote for Hillary Clinton

and also about “parallel constructions” a year or longer back, really a good source for information.

Some more or less topic related links,



And CNN as an example for the corporate media again…









A protest was held Thursday afternoon against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while she spoke at East Los Angeles College. Members of political group Unión del Barrio organized the demonstration and were also present at Donald Trump’s appearance in Costa Mesa last week.

Protesters gathered at Belvedere Park and marched two blocks toward the school. The Los Angeles Police Department was on standby, with some on horseback.

Ron Gochez, one of the organization’s leaders, said that they wanted a peaceful protest — unlike what happened at the Trump rally. The group doesn’t support a specific candidate or party, he told KPCC.

“At this moment, neither Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are worthy of our vote,” he said.

Members of Unión del Barrio are against Clinton’s position on immigration, war and workers’ issues, Gochez said, and they resent her appearance in East L.A. on Cinco De Mayo.

“On Cinco de Mayo, I can’t think of a better place to be than right here,” Clinton said in her speech, with support from elected officials such as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rep. Judy Chu.
“We’re not going to let her come pander to our community to try to get the vote for us when we know that she is not going to work for our best interests,” Gochez said.

The group says that it supports a national $15 minimum wage, as well as free and universal health care. They said that they also disagreed with her position on the removal of Honduras’s president.

In her speech, Clinton called for a raise in the national minimum wage — although she didn’t specify how much — as well as equal pay for women’s work. She also said she would end immigration raids and round-ups.

“We are going to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, with a path to citizenship. I will fight for that reform, but the first thing I will do is to preserve DACA and DAPA,” she said.

Gochez said that while they do oppose Trump, that does not automatically translate into support for the Democratic nominee.

“We are tired of not having someone who we can vote for or that actually represents our interests,” he said.


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Many moons ago, David Brock, now the head of a Hillary Clinton Super PAC, used every resource available to ruin the life of Anita Hill and anyone who supported her. He would lie, cheat, and blatantly misrepresent facts if it meant getting Clarence Thomas through the Supreme Court nomination process.

Brock openly admitted it.

Now, it appears Brock, who is no doubt great at what he does, is using his same old tools, but for a new cause in a new technological era.


As head of the Correct The Record Super PAC for Hillary Clinton, David Brock has launched something called Barrier Breakers — an online mob of paid trolls designed to attack any and every person who says one cross word about Hillary Clinton on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, or elsewhere.

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This isn’t a conspiracy theory. They openly spin their strategy on the Correct The Record website and state that they are putting over $1 million behind their efforts.

As you likely know, Super PACs are allowed to raise and spend unlimited money on these types of efforts.

What’s ugly is that we have no idea who these paid operatives are online. According to Correct The Record, many will be former reporters, PR executives, bloggers, and others. We have no idea if they truly say what they mean or mean what they say. Are they even using their actual identities? The Sanders campaign openly stated that they have never paid for any online comments.

All of this comes after the revelation from POLITICO that “NBCUniversal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation’s records show. The donations range from the low-thousands to the millions.”

The head of a Hillary Clinton Super PAC is apparently paying a mob of trolls to attack any person who says one cross word about the presidential candidate online.
The head of a Hillary Clinton Super PAC is apparently paying a mob of trolls to attack any person who says one cross word about the presidential candidate online.
In fact, people from the television industry have given the Hillary Clinton campaign over $9 million so far. David Cohen, head of Regulatory Affairs for Comcast has already hosted a private fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in which people who donated at least $50,000 got to attend a private reception with her.


All of this, of course, muddies the waters to the point of us not being quite clear who’s a crony, who’s a donor, or who’s a staffer for the Clinton campaign. So much money is exchanging hands that it is impossible to tell who’s been bought and sold.

All of this speaks to the horrendous role Super PACs and big money play in our political system. It’s a real mess.



Bernie Sanders Campaign: ‘We Don’t Pay for Comments’ (VIDEO)

Barrier Breakers 2016: A Project of Correct The Record


Barrier Breakers 2016: A Project of Correct The Record


Barrier Breakers 2016: A Project of Correct The Record





Correct the Record, a super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s bid to become US president, has promised to invest more than $1 million to respond to users criticizing its candidate on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, and other social media services. The super PAC says its new “Barrier Breakers digital task force” will to respond “quickly and forcefully to negative attacks and false narratives found online,” in addition to thanking major supporters and “committed superdelegates” directly.

In a press release, Correct the Record said its new initiative was inspired by interactions with Bernie Sanders supporters. So-called “Bernie Bros” have become a phenomenon online, sharing their chosen candidate’s videos, pictures, and memes across social media services. Hillary Clinton’s supporters appear to be quieter on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the like, but Correct the Record said that this doesn’t reflect a lack of enthusiasm — rather, that they were often afraid to speak up about their choice because they fear harassment. “Many of Hillary Clinton’s female supporters in particular,” the press release reads, “have been subject to intense cyber-bullying and sexist attacks from swarms of anonymous attackers.”


Super PACS like Correct the Record can raise and spend unlimited funds for their chosen candidate, but are technically banned from co-ordinating with their campaign, as their official name — “independent-expenditure only committees” — denotes. But Libby Watson of the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan advocate for more transparent government, has noted that Correct the Record could use a loophole in these rules to communicate directly with Clinton’s campaign. “It’s not totally clear what their reasoning is,” Watson tells The Daily Beast. “But it seems to be that material posted on the Internet for free — €”like, blogs — ”doesn’t count as an ‘independent expenditure.” Writing last year, Watson specified that the FEC “only regulates Internet activity when it is communication placed on another person’s website for a fee.”

The task force says it will attempt to sway the internet’s legion of Sanders supporters to Hillary’s side as the election draws closer. Behind that effort will be people from a variety of backgrounds, including former reporters, PR specialists, designers, bloggers, and other “Hillary super fans.” The new investment will see more of Hillary’s critics addressed directly in the future, but the super PAC says it’s already taken 5,000 individuals to task over their personal attacks on their candidate, an effort noted by one Reddit user who said a deluge of replies on a disparaging post from pro-Hillary users turned their inbox “to cancer” this week.



FEC loopholes mean Correct the Record can openly coordinate with Clinton’s campaign.
Citing “lessons learned from online engagement with ‘Bernie Bros,’” a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC is pledging to spend $1 million to “push back against” users on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Instagram.
Correct the Record’s “Barrier Breakers” project boasts in a press release that it has already “addressed more than 5,000 people that have personally attacked Hillary Clinton on Twitter.” The PAC released this on Thursday.
The PAC was created in May of last year when it was spun off from the American Bridge SuperPAC, which is run by longtime Hillary and Bill Clinton supporter David Brock. Brock also founded the left-wing media watchdog website Media Matters for America.
Some Bernie Sanders-supporting users on Reddit already started to notice the changes on Thursday afternoon.
“This explains why my inbox turned to cancer on Tuesday,” wrote user OKarizee. “Been a member of reddit for almost 4 years and never experienced anything like it. In fact, in all my years on the internet I’ve never experienced anything like it.”
Correct the Record, which has received $5 million this campaign season and has spent almost $4.5 million of it, according to OpenSecrets.org, outlined its strategy against “swarms of anonymous attackers” in a press release.
“While Hillary Clinton fights to break down barriers and bring America together, the Barrier Breakers 2016 digital task force will serve as a resource for supporters looking for positive content and push-back to share with their online progressive communities, as well as thanking prominent supporters and committed superdelegates on social media,” the statement read.
Due to FEC loopholes, the Sunlight Foundation’s Libby Watson found this year that Correct the Record can openly coordinate with Clinton’s campaign, despite rules that typically disallow political campaigns from working directly with PACs.
“SuperPACs aren’t supposed to coordinate with candidates. The whole reasoning behind (Supreme Court decision) Citizens United rests on (PACs) being independent, but Correct the Record claims it can coordinate,” Watson told The Daily Beast. “It’s not totally clear what their reasoning is, but it seems to be that material posted on the Internet for free—like, blogs—doesn’t count as an ‘independent expenditure.’”
Watson previously worked at Brock’s Media Matters for America, where “their whole mission is to debunk conservative misinformation [and] a lot of that ends up being defending Hillary Clinton,” but says she’s never seen anything like this initiative.
“Usually places like MMFA and CTR are defending her against the media and established figures. This seems to be going after essentially random individuals online,” she said. “I don’t know that they’ve done anything like this before.”
Campaign Legal Center lawyer Paul Ryan (who bears no relation to the Speaker of the House) told Time magazine in September of last year that Correct The Record is “creating new ways to undermine campaign regulation.” Watson used Ryan’s complaint in the Sunlight Foundation’s report about the most influential organizations working behind the scenes for the Clinton camp.
“Campaign finance lawyers are not that impressed with [CTR’s] logic, but they can get away with it because the [Federal Election Commission] is deadlocked and does nothing,” she said.
“Barrier Breakers 2016 is focused on pushing out positive content to Hillary supporters online to counter negative attacks and false narratives,” Correct the Record’s communications director, Elizabeth Shappell, told The Daily Beast. “The expanded task force was established in anticipation of the general election.”



David Brock speaking within Media Matters for America. (Credit: Media Matters for America/YouTube)
We already examined Clinton’s biggest super PAC supporters earlier this week, Priorities USA Action and Ready PAC, plus her official campaign PAC. Now we’re going to dive deeper into the dark money supporting Clinton: the money in groups that don’t have to disclose their donors, and the money that moves from those groups to super PACs that support Clinton.

The groups we’re looking at here are all founded by David Brock, a Clinton enemy-turned-ally who runs a number of liberal super PACs and nonprofits. Some of these groups are directly supporting her; others aren’t, but have donated to the groups that do support her. In addition to the groups we’ve outlined here, Brock is also on the board of Priorities USA, and he’s president of a group called the American Independent Institute, which funds “individual journalism projects, with an emphasis on exposing the nexus of conservative power in Washington.” Just a few weeks ago, Brock bought the progressive news site Blue Nation Review, which will now be headed by Peter Daou, Clinton’s former digital strategist and founder of the Hillary Men project. In 2014, Brock became chairman of the board of the ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which is now located at the same offices as all the groups listed below.

All the groups listed below are located in the same offices: 455 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.

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For this post, we used Sunlight’s Real-Time Influence Explorer, which allows you to view campaign filings as soon as they hit the Federal Election Commission. We also looked at various groups’ IRS 990 forms, which often only become available more than a year after they’re filed.

American Bridge 21st Century (super PAC)

Brock established American Bridge 21st Century in 2010. Much of its activity comes in the form of opposition research against Republican candidates — for example, a recent post on its website attacks Marco Rubio’s record as an instructor at Florida International University. It also sends trackers to follow Republican candidates on the campaign trail, recording “almost every public utterance by prominent Republican politicians, using both DC-based researchers and a national network of professional trackers.” So far this cycle, it has raised $6.2 million and spent $5.2 million. While it has spent on races in the past, it hasn’t directly spent on any races so far this cycle. Most of its major expenses this year have been on staff and fundraising.

Until May 2015, Bridge had several staff dedicated solely to pushing back on attacks against Clinton as part of a project called Correct the Record, but that split off as a separate super PAC. This division of labor — opposition research at Bridge, pro-Clinton defensive work at Correct the Record — has been described by Brock himself, discussing his decision to leave Bridge for Correct the Record:

I essentially had to make a decision. Do I want to be involved in supervising and handling the research against the Republican candidates? … Or do I want to be involved in some combination of defense and offense for Hillary Clinton?
Notable donors this cycle to Bridge include American Bridge 21st Century Foundation (more on that in a minute), which gave $1.2 million; philanthropists George Soros and Steve Silberstein, who gave $1 million and $200,000, respectively. NextGen Climate Action Committee also contributed $250,000. We’ve written extensively about how this 501(c)(4) is funded almost entirely by hedge fund manager and environmentalist Tom Steyer.

American Bridge has paid the executive vice president of Media Matters, Angelo Carusone, $3,000 a month for management consulting since January 2014.

American Bridge 21st Century Foundation (501(c)(4))

American Bridge 21st Century Foundation is another 501(c)(4) organization, also known as a dark money group. It runs Bridge Project, which says it’s “dedicated to opposing the conservative movement’s extreme ideology and exposing its dishonest tactics.” The site has a database, “Conservative Transparency,” that allows users to search for conservative donors, recipients and organizations. Featured donors include the Koch brothers and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
American Bridge has funneled $3.7 million from its foundation arm to its super PAC in just the last two years — with donors safe in the knowledge that their names won’t ever be disclosed to the public.

The hilarious part (if you find dodging transparency hilarious) is that the group has an entire database for uncovering the money behind conservative causes, documenting spending from their 990s, and blogging about conservative donors, but it does not disclose its own donors on that website, or anywhere else. We reached out to American Bridge for comment on this, and will update this post if we receive anything from them.

On that note: The foundation arm of American Bridge 21st Century has donated a lot of money to the Bridge super PAC, which does have to disclose its donors. In the first six months of 2015, the foundation gave $1.2 million to the super PAC. In 2014, they donated $2.5 million. That’s $3.7 million dollars funneled from the foundation to the super PAC in just the last two years — with donors safe in the knowledge that their names won’t be disclosed to the public.

Correct the Record (super PAC)

Correct the Record was originally part of the American Bridge super PAC, but was spun off in May 2015 to be its own super PAC. It’s headed by Brad Woodhouse, the past president of American Bridge 21st Century and former communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Correct the Record is located in the same offices as Media Matters and American Bridge; as National Journal pointed out, “When long­time Demo­crat­ic op­er­at­ive Brad Wood­house left his job head­ing one su­per PAC to lead an­oth­er, he didn’t even change desks.” Most of Correct the Record’s staff used to work at the super PAC arm of American Bridge, according to FEC filings.

The FEC has stated that it only regulates Internet activity when it is “communication placed on another person’s website for a fee.” So, Correct the Record says it actually can communicate with the campaign because all of its activity is on its own website. (This underscores the so-called “Internet “blind spot” that we pointed out a couple weeks ago.)

In theory, Correct the Record could coordinate with the campaign, then coordinate with the other super PACs. We don’t know if that is true, and even if it was, it’s doubtful the FEC would do anything about it. But Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan has described the group’s activity as “creating new ways to undermine campaign regulation.”
The Clinton campaign itself is Correct the Record’s single biggest contributor, giving more than $275,000 to the super PAC.

The New York Times has reported that Brock, who officially left American Bridge for Correct the Record when it was formed, is “focused on paying attention to the activities of Correct the Record and Media Matters, which will play the biggest role in defending Mrs. Clinton throughout the campaign.”

Since it was formed in May, Correct the Record has raised $1.4 million from some of the same donors as American Bridge — big donors Steve Silberstein, Joan Cooney and Barbara Lee have donated to both. Correct the Record was only active for about a month before its first and only FEC filing, so we’ll know more about their finances in January. (Yes, super PACs go six months without divulging donor information some years.) The Clinton campaign itself is Correct the Record’s single biggest contributor, at $275,615.

Correct the Record also has a joint fundraising committee with Priorities USA, called American Priorities, but it’s raised no money and spent only $1,200.

Franklin Forum (PAC)

The Franklin Forum is a nonprofit “communications organization that provides media training and support, including message development and speaker promotion, to strengthen top progressive messengers and messaging.”

They also have a PAC, Franklin Forum PAC, which raises money from several of the same donors as American Bridge: Paul Egerman, Barbara Lee and Stephen Silberman have donated to both. The PAC’s single biggest expense was $60,000 given to American Bridge, which supports Clinton, in November 2014, and spent directly on a few races in 2014: Mark Warner, Ami Bera and Shenna Bellows’ campaigns all received contributions from the PAC. Most of their expenses are in-kind contributions to non-federal candidates.

Media Matters (501(c)(3))

Media Matters For America (MMFA) is a media watchdog organization, “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media,” founded by David Brock in 2004. Since 2013, Bradley Beychok has been president of the organization; he was previously Campaign Director at American Bridge. It’s a 501(c)(3), meaning it can’t conduct political activity on behalf of a candidate. This means MMFA can’t explicitly advocate for Clinton’s election, but it can (and does) publish material about Clinton: for example, posts criticizing media coverage of her, or highlighting positive coverage. Long-time Clinton adviser James Carville works for them, and fellow Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal was also reportedly paid $200,000 a year by the organization.

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Unlike PACs and campaigns, MMFA doesn’t have to disclose its donors or what it pays most of its staff (only executives and top-paid staff) because it’s a 501(c)(3). Correct the Record and American Bridge both pay rent to Media Matters for their office space.

According to its 2013 IRS 990 form, the most recent one available, David Brock draws an annual salary of $280,060 from Media Matters.

American Democracy Legal Fund (527 organization)

The American Democracy Legal Fund is a 527 organization set up in September 2014 to, according to its website bio, “hold candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations.” The group files legal complaints against Republican candidates for violating election law: For example, they filed a complaint with the FEC in October over Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right To Rise, claiming “illegal coordination” between the campaign and the super PAC.

The group has only received two contributions: $50,000 from American Bridge, and $25,000 from the National Education Association. It’s worth noting that while they’re alleging illegal coordination between GOP campaigns and super PACs, the group is chaired by Brad Woodhouse, president of Correct the Record, which is (supposedly legally) coordinating with the Clinton campaign.

The Bonner Group (nonprofit fundraising firm)

This one is a little different. The Bonner Group is a fundraising consulting firm that raises money for American Bridge and Ready PAC, which we know from FEC filings, and other groups like Media Matters, which was reported by The New York Times. Bonner solicits donations for these groups, who then pay Bonner a sizable cut — in the first six months of 2015, American Bridge super PAC paid Bonner $593,007. So we have no idea how much of American Bridge, Media Matters or Ready PAC’s money comes through Bonner Group fundraising, but we do know that Bonner makes a lot of money off it, and that David Brock thinks he’s getting “the best fund-raising product for the lowest cost.” Media Matters’ 2013 990 form reported they paid $1.4 million for fundraising services.

The New York Times report on The Bonner group notes that Brock and Mary Pat Bonner, who runs the Bonner Group, share a house in the Hamptons.

Like we said last time, there’s still a lot we don’t know about these groups’ finances: We won’t have the relevant FEC filings for the second half of 2015 until January. And the 501(c)(4) nonprofits involved in the campaign won’t file 990 forms covering this cycle until likely 2017, well after voters have cast their votes. Even then, we still won’t know who donated to those groups because 501(c)(4)s don’t have to disclose their donors. And while the FEC is gridlocked, any enforcement action is unlikely. All of this leaves voters in the dark about exactly who is spending some pretty big money to support Hillary Clinton.


We’re going to dive into the web of financing for all of the presidential candidates, but as we have looked into several Republican candidates already — like Ted Cruz’s plethora of super PACs and Right to Rise’s pro-Jeb Bush advertising — we’re going to start this exercise over on the Democratic Party side with Hillary Clinton.1

We’ve also delved even deeper into the Clinton money network, covering her campaign’s web of dark money allies. But for now, let’s get started!

Players you should know

To start with, here are the names you need to know and how they fit under our current campaign finance system.2

Ready for Hillary PAC (hybrid super PAC)
Ready PAC (hybrid super PAC, formerly Ready for Hillary)
Hillary for America (candidate PAC)
Priorities USA Action (super PAC)
Correct the Record (super PAC)
American Bridge 21st Century (super PAC)
American Bridge 21st Century Foundation (501(c)(4))
American Independent Institute (501(c)(4))
Media Matters (501(c)(3))
The Bonner Group
Now that you know who is involved, here’s the story we know right now of the money backing Hillary. It’s rather lengthy so in this post we’ll cover Ready for Hillary, Ready PAC, and Priorities USA Action. We’ll be looking at the rest later in the week.

Ready for Hillary

First of all, it’s important to point out that the Hillary Clinton political fundraising machine started a full two years before she declared she was running for president. (At least, the one actually associated with her name did.)

On Jan. 25, 2013, Ready for Hillary formally organized by filing paperwork with the FEC. Clinton was directly involved with the super PAC at that point — you may remember the “Ready for Hillary” bus? Clinton was promoting her new book “Hard Choices” at that time (much like Ben Carson is promoting his book “Gifted Hands” now) and doing speaking events around the country.
While most of Ready for Hillary’s spending was what you would expect, one did catch our eye: $359 for Camp Bow Wow in Las Vegas. Guess somebody’s pet needed some boarding!

Between January 2013 and when Clinton announced her intention to run for president in April 2015, Ready for Hillary raised about $12.9 million and spent $12.1 million. It ended the year in 2014 with $748,469 cash on hand.

Some notable donors during that time include billionaire Warren Buffett ($25,000) and Patricia Hoppey, the founder of direct mail marketing company Pivot ($60,000).

On its website, 270 Strategies documents its involvement in Ready for Hillary and offers it as case study in “tapping into organic grassroots energy around a potential Hillary Clinton presidential run.” It notes various steps taken during the 2014 campaign to “get out the vote” and to recruit volunteers to create “a movement nearly 4 million strong.”

On April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton announced her intention to run for president, and Ready for Hillary evolved into its next iteration — Ready PAC — which we’ll discuss further below.

Hillary for America

After her announcement, funds poured into her candidate committee, Hillary for America. In fact, since her announcement, her PAC has raised more than $77 million dollars from 84,741 different transactions. So far, it has spent $44 million of that, including $4 million in online ads with the firm Bully Pulpit Interactive as well as $3.3 million in media buys and $5 million in direct marketing.

The Washington Post did a fine job recently of breaking down the complexities and the money involved in the Bill and Hillary campaign fundraising efforts. So for this part of our post, we’ll refer you to their excellent and extensive work.

Ready PAC

The day after Hillary announced her intention to run for President, Ready for Hillary officially changed its name to Ready PAC. Under FEC rules, super PACs are not allowed to coordinate with the candidate or the candidate’s committee, nor are they allowed to use the candidate’s name. Ready for Hillary had to change its name to keep operating.

Ergo: Ready PAC.

In the first half of 2015, Ready PAC had raised $3.1 million and spent $3.5 million. It currently lists $66,000 cash on hand.

Some notable donors to Ready PAC include:

Amy Goldman Fowler, author and gardener, $250,000
Barbara Lee, philanthropist, $189,000
George Soros, philanthropist, $25,000
Jon Corzine, former governor of New Jersey, $25,000
There are also two notable receipts from other super PACs: Priorities USA Action ($150,000) and American Bridge 21st Century ($150,000), both super PACs supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run. This is where things start to get interesting.

Clinton’s a blockbuster in Hollywood: Steven Spielberg, right, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, left, both gave big for Hillary. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
Priorities USA Action

Priorities USA Action filed paperwork with the FEC on April 28, 2011. You may remember this group as the super PAC supporting Obama’s 2012 run; it has now evolved to support Clinton in 2016. So far in this election cycle, its independent expenditures have focused primarily on supporting Clinton and opposing pretty much the entire Republican field. The super PAC has raised $15,654,457 so far in 2015.

Some notable names on this list:

Donald Sussman, Paloma Partners Management and liberal megadonor, $1 million
Herbert Sandler, retired CEO of Global West Financial, $1 million
Steven Spielberg, $1 million
Haim and Cheyl Saban, Saban Entertainment (creators of shows such as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers), $2 million total
Jeffery Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, $1 million
George Soros, philanthropist, $1 million
The group also received $1 million from Fair Share Action, another super PAC which was founded in 2012. FEC records reflect that Fair Share Action has received just two contributions from two 527 organizations: Fair Share, Inc ($300,000) and Environment America, Inc. ($800,000). These organizations do not have to disclose their donors, so we don’t know who is funding them.

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According to its website, Fair Share is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group advocating “for an America where everyone gets their fair share, does their fair share and pays their fair share; and where everyone plays by their own rules.” The group currently has a campaign advocating to rid politics of “big corporate money,” however, we could not find that the group disclosed its own donors on its website.

We also could not find donors listed on the website for Environmental America, Inc., a group advocating for conservation. For both organizations, we had to look under the disclosure on their donation page to make sure we had the right organizations. However, at least with both of these organizations we are aware of the causes they are championing.

Aside from the $1 million it bequeathed to Priorities USA Action, Fair Share Action has only made one other disbursement: $5,000 to Ready PAC. In the 2014 cycle, Fair Share Action’s independent expenditures were primarily supporting Rep. Gwen Graham, D-Fla., and former Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., in his failed bid for re-election against his Republican challenger, Sen. Cory Gardner.

Meanwhile, even though super PACs are not supposed to coordinate with the candidate or candidate committee, The New York Times reported this week that Bill Clinton will be making an appearance for the super PAC.

There’s more to the story

So that’s the basic structure of the Clinton campaign finance structure — but there is much more to explore. Read our next post on Hillary’s dark money network, where we cover how organizations like American Bridge 21st Century and Correct the Record play into the Clinton campaign strategy.

1 One caveat as we take on this endeavor: There’s an inherent problem with following the money before the election being that some of the public records needed to piece everything together aren’t available until years after the election is complete. There may be other groups that operate on the candidate’s behalf, but we’re only going to document the ones where we can find documented proof of money changing hands or interconnections between staff members. Of course, we’ll continue to post on our blog as we discover interesting things about the money being spent this cycle. (Return to top)

2 Super PACs fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Election Commission, while 501(c)(4)s fall under the jurisdiction of the IRS. Also, “hybrid super PAC” means the PAC has two separate accounts: one account for coordinated expenses with the campaign and a separate account for independent expenditures made uncoordinated with any campaign or campaign committee. (R

Barrier Breakers 2016: A Project of Correct The Record


I never trusted a polygraph again’: Hillary Clinton LAUGHS in 30-year-old interview as she recalls how she helped a suspected child rapist walk free after the prosecution lost crucial evidence
Hillary Clinton defended Thomas Alfred Taylor, 41, in 1975 in Fayettville, Arkansas
Then aged 27, Clinton found a loophole in the prosecution case and Taylor walked free
Newly unearthed audio interview from the early 1980s has Clinton discussing the case with Arkansas journalist
Recordings throw into question Clinton’s claim to be a champion of women and children’s causes
Taylor died in 1992 and his alleged victim is now a drug addict still in Fayettville, Arkansas

PUBLISHED: 01:46 EST, 16 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:09 EST, 16 June 2014
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Legal past: Hillary Clinton, pictured in 1980, helped a man accused of child rape get a lighter sentence
Legal past: Hillary Clinton, pictured in 1980, helped a man accused of child rape get a lighter sentence

In a newly unearthed audio interview Hillary Clinton reveals how she managed to get a plea bargain for a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl – and shockingly laughs as she indicated she knew he may have been guilty.

During the course of the conversation which dates from the early 1980s, Clinton, then 27, outlines how she used a mistake by the prosecution to get 41-year-old Thomas Alfred Taylor to walk free.

Indeed, so cavalier is her attitude to securing the freedom of a man suspected of raping a child that the shocking and candid interview may tarnish her role as an advocate for women and children in the United States.

The recordings which date from 1983-1987 were discovered by the Washington Free Beacon and are of Clinton recalling her role in the most important criminal case of her career.

This is not the first time that the trial has been written about.

In 2008 at the height of her primary battle with Barack Obama, a Newsday story focused on Clinton’s deeply controversial strategy of attacking the credibility of the girl.

‘Rodham, records show, questioned the sixth grader’s honesty and claimed she had made false accusations in the past. She implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out ‘older men’ like Taylor, according to a July 1975 affidavit signed ‘Hillary D. Rodham’ ‘in compact cursive,’ wrote Newsday.

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Difficult case: Hillary Clinton (seen here in 1975) defended Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old accused of raping the child after luring her into a car that same year
Difficult case: Hillary Clinton (seen here in 1975) defended Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old accused of raping the child after luring her into a car that same year

In 1975, the year she married Bill, Clinton was the court appointed attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor.

The frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race goes into detail over five hours with Arkansas reporter Roy Reed during the interview, which was intended for an Esquire magazine profile that was never published.

Clinton describes Taylor as ‘one of those rootless folks’ and claims that the trial was a ‘really interesting case.’

Taylor was accused of raping the 12-year-old girl in May, 1975, in Springdale, Arkansas.

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The girl was a family friend and Clinton has acknowledged in her past 2003 memoir, Living History, the difficulties the case provided her having just moved to Fayetteville. to run the University of Arkansas’ new legal aid clinic.

‘This guy was accused of raping a 12-year-old. Course he claimed that he didn’t, and all this stuff,’ says Clinton.

However, what is most shocking is the breezy manner in which she discusses her clients crime and the offhand way in which she questions his innocence.

‘I had him take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,’ she says with a laugh.

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Career path: Bill and Hillary in 1969. In 1975, the year the couple were married, Clinton represented Thomas Taylor in her first trial as a criminal defense lawyer
Career path: Bill and Hillary in 1969. In 1975, the year the couple were married, Clinton represented Thomas Taylor in her first trial as a criminal defense lawyer

Indeed, Clinton laughs during several different parts of the interview – especially when she discusses the forensic lab destroying key evidence – which led to Taylor getting away with the crime.

But, Ronald Rotunda, a professor of legal ethics at Chapman University, told the Washington Free Beacon. ‘We don’t have to believe the client is innocent…our job is to represent the client in the best way we can within the bounds of the law.’

However, he did raise the possibility that Clinton may have breached the attorney-client privilege by discussing the case so openly.

‘You can’t do that,’ he said. ‘Unless the client says: ‘You’re free to tell people that you really think I’m a scumbag, and the only reason I got a lighter sentence is because you’re a really clever lawyer.’

Taylor was accused of plying the girl with whisky and coke and raping her in his car that evening.

Part of the prosecution case against him was the testimony of the girl, two witnesses who saw them together and a ‘pair of men’s undershorts taken from the defendant herein.’

Crucially, even though Clinton was attacking the credibility of the girl’s character, it was the underwear that allowed her client to walk free.

‘You know, what was sad about it,’ Clinton told Reed, ‘was that the prosecutor had evidence, among which was Taylor’s underwear, which was bloody.’

Advocate: Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, speaks at the Children’s Defense Fund’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in Washington September 30, 2013
Advocate: Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, speaks at the Children’s Defense Fund’s 40th Anniversary Celebration in Washington September 30, 2013

However, the crime investigation lab failed to handle the evidence correctly.

‘The crime lab took the pair of underpants, neatly cut out the part that they were gonna test, tested it, came back with the result of what kind of blood it was what was mixed in with it – then sent the pants back with the hole in it to evidence,’ said Clinton.

‘Of course the crime lab had thrown away the piece they had cut out.’

Jumping on this error, Clinton had the underwear taken to a renowned New York City forensic expert for confirmation that this evidence was now compromised.

‘The story through the grape vine was that if you could get this investigator interested in the case then you had the foremost expert in the world willing to testify, so maybe it came out the way you wanted it to come out,’ she said.

‘Well this guy’s ready to come from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice,’ said a laughing Clinton on the tape describing her conversation with the Arkansas prosecutor.

In his opinion there was not enough blood on it to test and this ultimately caused Judge Maupin Cummings to decide that offering Taylor a plea deal would be the best option.

Distressed: The victim has accused Clinton, pictured at the Children’s Defense Fund’s 40th anniversary last year, as a hypocrite for calling herself a champion on women’s rights
Distressed: The victim has accused Clinton, pictured at the Children’s Defense Fund’s 40th anniversary last year, as a hypocrite for calling herself a champion on women’s rights

Accusations: Hillary Clinton, pictured with daughter Chelsea earlier this month. The victim of a sex offender she represented has spoken out about how Clinton treated the case
Accusations: Hillary Clinton, pictured with daughter Chelsea earlier this month. The victim of a sex offender she represented has spoken out about how Clinton treated the case

Taylor, who died in 1992, pleaded guilty to unlawful fondling of a child and was sentenced to one year in prison, which was reduced to two months for time served.

However, her cavalier attitude to the rape case comes just over six months after she was honored by the Children’s Defense Fund at its 40th anniversary soiree last September at the Kennedy Center.

And, ironically, the trial was instrumental in Clinton co-founding the first rape crisis hotline in Fayetteville.

But not once in the interview with Reed does Clinton mention the hotline she set up or the impact of the case on the 12-year-old girl.

The Free Beacon tracked down the victim, now aged 52, who still lives in Fayettevile.

She said that she was divorced and an addict to methamphetamines and was in prison for check forgery to pay for her drugs.

She expressed hostility towards Clinton for getting her rapist off and said her life has been miserable since.

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