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bbguns44
01-30-2010, 6:41 PM
Has this been discussed already ? Sorry if it's a dupe. This seems to
be a very dangerous development.

For example, China is very unhappy with the $6B arms sale to Taiwan.
Now they can have their lobbyist go to the senators & say "If you
don't do what we want, we'll run $20M of attack ads 4 weeks before
your next election. If you do play ball, we'll run $20M of support ads
4 weeks before your next election".

What do you think the senators are going to do ? Big money, domestic
and foreign is going to have their say on any issue they want: illegal
immigrants, gun control, US foreign policy, energy policy, etc. etc.
Chinese, Saudis, Israelis, everybody is likely to jump in. Your check
for $1000 is not even going to be cashed. Anybody with less than 6 $zeroes
may as well stay home.

What say Calgunners ? Am I nuts ?

Liberty1
01-30-2010, 6:55 PM
You are referring to the recent Supreme Court 1st A. case Citizens United that recognized that the "people's" free speech rights are maintained even when those people "form" a corporation and contribute to political speech. China and foreign corporations are not made up of the "people" of the United States so don't worry about it.

and this is OT.

wildhawker
01-30-2010, 7:09 PM
This has been discussed in a recent thread on same and possible insight into SCOTUS direction on McDonald.

GrizzlyGuy
01-30-2010, 7:13 PM
Here is the other thread (http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=261850).

FYI, Robert Levy (Chairman of Cato Institute) published a great article on this topic a few days ago: Campaign Finance Reform: A Libertarian Primer (http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=11176)

yellowfin
01-30-2010, 9:02 PM
If foreign money wasn't allowed in before, what the heck has George Soros been doing in the last few elections?

mblat
01-30-2010, 9:03 PM
If foreign money wasn't allowed in before, what the heck has George Soros been doing in the last few elections?

I am pretty sure he is US citizen.

bwiese
01-30-2010, 9:17 PM
This is OT from RKBA, but people representing foreign countries have to be registered foreign agents, etc.

If they don't, there's big trouble for being an unregistered foreign agent.

Foulball
01-30-2010, 9:26 PM
The ruling did not change any election laws already on the books with regards to foreign funding or lobbying during elections. It is still illegal for a politician to accept most everything and anything from a foreign person, government or entity during a run up to election. This is more FUD being spread by politicians and the POTUS.