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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    We already know you don't care if Republicans violate election law.
    I care if ANYONE does, but this is really stretching things. Think more tucks medicated pad and less smoking gun.

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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    I care if ANYONE does, but this is really stretching things. Think more tucks medicated pad and less smoking gun.
    Stretching things? They deliberately circumvented laws against sharing such information, coordinating. When it comes to election law, do you care about the letter of the law or the spirit of the law?
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Stretching things? They deliberately circumvented laws against sharing such information, coordinating. When it comes to election law, do you care about the letter of the law or the spirit of the law?
    I think both should be considered. Lets see this go to court-and more importantly what the ruling is.

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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    We already know you don't care if Republicans violate election law legitimately exercise their First Amendment rights.
    Fixed it for you. Not that it makes any difference, to you. Those of you on the wrong despise the First Amendment, almost as much as you despise the Constitution as a whole.
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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Stretching things? They deliberately circumvented laws against sharing such information, coordinating. When it comes to election law, do you care about the letter of the law or the spirit of the law?
    The First Amendment is the law.
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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Blaylock View Post
    Fixed it for you. Not that it makes any difference, to you. Those of you on the wrong despise the First Amendment, almost as much as you despise the Constitution as a whole.


    yeah, first amendment rights to violate election law. Sure.
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    the republicans did it, no the democrats did it, meanwhile the house burns down.

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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Anyone else see the connection between this thread, and http://www.debatepolitics.com/genera...ee-speech.html?

    A primary purpose of the First Amendment is to promote a free marketplace of opinions and ideas, where all can be openly communicated, and the voting public may choose which ideas are persuasive enough to win their support.

    Lately, the wrong-wing is getting is ass handed to it in this free marketplace of ideas. Their ideology has been tested as found to be a failure, and they are running out of any arguments by which to continue to support their failed ideas. Their strategy, now, is to seek every excuse to regulate the idea marketplace, to make sure that their ideas get a “fair” hearing, by suppressing the expression of any ideas contrary to their own.

    This is a desperate move, by a side that knows that it has already lost.
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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by voyager1 View Post


    Washington (CNN) - Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination.

    The Twitter accounts were hidden in plain sight. The profiles were publicly available but meaningless without knowledge of how to find them and decode the information, according to a source with knowledge of the activities.

    The practice is the latest effort in the quest by political operatives to exploit the murky world of campaign finance laws at a time when limits on spending in politics are eroding and regulators are being defanged.

    The law says that outside groups, such as super PACs and non-profits, can spend freely on political causes as long as they don't coordinate their plans with campaigns. Sharing costly internal polls in private, for instance, could signal to the campaign committees where to focus precious time and resources.

    The groups behind the operation had a sense of humor about what they were doing. One Twitter account was named after Bruno Gianelli, a fictional character in The West Wing who pressed his colleagues to use ethically questionable "soft money" to fund campaigns.

    A typical tweet read: "CA-40/43-44/49-44/44-50/36-44/49-10/16/14-52-->49/476-10s." The source said posts like that -- which would look like gibberish to most people -- represented polling data for various House races.

    Posting the information on Twitter, which is technically public, could provide a convenient loophole to the law — or could run afoul of it.

    "It's a line that has not been defined. This is really on the cutting edge," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan organization focused on campaign finance issues. "It might not be legal. It's a cutting edge practice that, to my knowledge, the Federal Election Commission has never before addressed to explicitly determine its legality or permissibility."

    At least two outside groups and a Republican campaign committee had access to the information posted to the accounts, according to the source. They include American Crossroads, the super PAC founded by Karl Rove; American Action Network, a nonprofit advocacy group, and the National Republican Congressional Committee, which is the campaign arm for the House GOP.

    Accounts deleted

    The accounts that CNN reviewed were active in the months ahead of this month's election, which gave Republicans their largest majority in the House since World War II and control of the Senate. They were live until Nov. 3 but deleted minutes after CNN contacted the NRCC with questions.
    How the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws - CNN.com


    I guess voter fraud is a real issue. If this actually goes anywhere this could be good ammo for us Dems to use in 2016. If it goes nowhere expect the Dems to use this same strategy. To me deleting the accounts is admission of guilt. If the GOP didn't do anything wrong then those accounts would still be active.


    How many votes were affected?

    FFS, your president has just been caught in a series of devastating lies, saying he did not know the architect of the ACA, while hundreds of clips are being produced with the big Owe talking about Gruber...

    ..and you figure some pushing of the envelope of stupid laws, which is "progressive" is what's happening today.

    Might wash is Owbama himself obeyed the law.

    Keep up the good work digging up dirt on Republicans, any more and I may even vote for them. You Democrats are pathetic and confirmation that Obama supporters at least define the "stupid voter" Gruber is talking about.
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    Re: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch laws

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post


    yeah, first amendment rights to violate election law. Sure.
    A law which violates the Constitution is invalid. Your side's abject hatred of the Constitution notwithstanding, the Constitution is the highest law of the land, and it trumps any lower law which contradicts it.
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