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https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/01/elizabeth-warren-mark-zuckerberg-2020-014696
 

Elizabeth Warren fired back at Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter Tuesday morning, after the Facebook founder and CEO said it would "suck" if his company had to fight her future administration's plans to break up certain tech giants. 
 

“What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy,” the Massachusetts senator tweeted.

 

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https://www.vox.com/2019/10/2/20893854/elizabeth-warrens-anti-corruption-lobbying-tax
 

Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the corporate lobbying she says is breaking the American political system.
 

Warren, whose presidential campaign has been incrementally releasing a package of anti-corruption proposals, has unveiled a plan to tax corporations and trade organizations that spend a lot of money lobbying Congress and federal agencies.

 

The proposal would tax groups and companies that spend between $500,000 and $1 million per year on lobbying at a 35 percent rate, increasing the rate for bigger lobbying budgets. Corporations and trade groups that spend more than $1 million per year on lobbying would get hit with a 60 percent tax rate, and those spending more than $5 million would see a 75 percent tax rate.

 

These brackets would hit the pocketbooks of big pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, the real estate industry, fossil fuel companies, Wall Street firms, and electric utilities the hardest. They do not apply to charitable or social welfare organizations that also lobby the government, such as 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 nonprofit groups, but do apply to trade and professional associations, 501(c)6 groups.

 

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On 10/1/2019 at 11:45 AM, Starkiller said:

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/01/elizabeth-warren-mark-zuckerberg-2020-014696
 

Elizabeth Warren fired back at Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter Tuesday morning, after the Facebook founder and CEO said it would "suck" if his company had to fight her future administration's plans to break up certain tech giants. 
 

“What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy,” the Massachusetts senator tweeted.

 

She's right (correct) on a lot of issues.  She just needs to show that she isn't a complete ideologue.  

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1 minute ago, Starkiller said:

https://www.vox.com/2019/10/2/20893854/elizabeth-warrens-anti-corruption-lobbying-tax
 

Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the corporate lobbying she says is breaking the American political system.

 

It's a start, but I'm assuming the corporations would respond by accelerating the trend of astroturfing to get their agendas implemented.  We'd become even more reliant on good investigative journalism to help us with transparency.

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3 minutes ago, begooode said:

 

It's a start, but I'm assuming the corporations would respond by accelerating the trend of astroturfing to get their agendas implemented.  We'd become even more reliant on good investigative journalism to help us with transparency.


It’s certainly not a perfect fix. But if you can’t ban it then tax the hell out of it.

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1 minute ago, Starkiller said:


It’s certainly not a perfect fix. But if you can’t ban it then tax the hell out of it.

 

Marijuana? LOL

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10 hours ago, Starkiller said:

https://www.vox.com/2019/10/2/20893854/elizabeth-warrens-anti-corruption-lobbying-tax
 

Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the corporate lobbying she says is breaking the American political system.
 

Warren, whose presidential campaign has been incrementally releasing a package of anti-corruption proposals, has unveiled a plan to tax corporations and trade organizations that spend a lot of money lobbying Congress and federal agencies.

 

The proposal would tax groups and companies that spend between $500,000 and $1 million per year on lobbying at a 35 percent rate, increasing the rate for bigger lobbying budgets. Corporations and trade groups that spend more than $1 million per year on lobbying would get hit with a 60 percent tax rate, and those spending more than $5 million would see a 75 percent tax rate.

 

These brackets would hit the pocketbooks of big pharmaceutical and health insurance companies, the real estate industry, fossil fuel companies, Wall Street firms, and electric utilities the hardest. They do not apply to charitable or social welfare organizations that also lobby the government, such as 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 nonprofit groups, but do apply to trade and professional associations, 501(c)6 groups.

 

This is a terrible idea. The better idea is to do your best to force congress to deal with Citizens United in a meaningful way. 

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31 minutes ago, IsntLifeFunny said:

This is a terrible idea. The better idea is to do your best to force congress to deal with Citizens United in a meaningful way. 


That would be great, but if the conservative Supreme Court would continue to protect the whole money = free speech idea then Citizens United And the like aren’t going away anytime soon. Gotta attack the problem any way they can.

 

Also, Citizens United doesn't cover lobbying.

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http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/10/wall-street-spreads-anybodybutelizabeth-warren-sentiment.html?utm_source=digg
 

The recent, steady rise of Elizabeth Warren’s presidential candidacy has obviously changed the dynamics of the 2020 Democratic nomination contest. While her strong favorability rating among Democrats has unsurprisingly paralleled her enhanced levels of support as a first-choice candidate, nagging doubts remain about her “electability” — despite the fact that she is routinely leading Trump in general-election trial-heat polls. Some of it undoubtedly flows from the unproven but widespread belief that Americans (usually other Americans, not poll respondents themselves) “aren’t ready” for a woman as president. There are also various concernsarising from Warren’s standing in her home state of Massachusetts — or even from the identity of her home state, which produced presidential-general-election losers in 1988, 2004, and 2012. Some observers even think the vastly overblown “scandal” over Warren once identifying in an academic directory as Native American — the source of the endless Trumpian “Pocahontas” taunt — is a much bigger deal than any rational assessment would suggest.

 

But the problem with Warren that we are beginning to hear about most frequently is the claim that she’s just “too liberal” or “too far left” for otherwise persuadable voters (or donors) to countenance. Thus, in theory, she will lose swing voters that, say, Joe Biden might win, in part because her anti-corporate rhetoric and progressive policy positions will play into the Trump campaign’s clearly planned message that Democrats are all godless, baby-killing, America-hating socialists.

 

Where is this argument coming from, if Warren is leading Trump in trial heats and becoming steadily more popular? Pretty clearly, corporate voices from Wall Street to Silicon Valley are taking the lead in demonizing her, for good reason: She’s a threat to their bottom lines and their all-but-sovereign business practices. 

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https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/09/warren-fundraisers-general-election-2020-043127
 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she will continue to swear off high-dollar campaign fundraisers in the general election if she becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, extending her personal ban on the events beyond the primary and reversing an earlier statement. 
 

“When Elizabeth is the Democratic nominee for president, she’s not going to change a thing in how she runs her campaign,” campaign spokesperson Kristen Orthman said in a statement Tuesday, which Warren later amplified in a Twitter thread. “That means no PAC money. No federal lobbyist money. No special access or call time with rich donors or big dollar fundraisers to underwrite our campaign.”

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