Our Legally-Sound Practical Legislative Response

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If you agree with our legally-sound legislative response to the Supreme Court's 1/21/2010 decision to invalidate the restrictions of McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law on independent campaign expenditures of corporations and unions, please click here to participate in our six-degrees-of-separation campaign to request every American to contact both President Obama and Senator McCain to propose and support our suggestion.
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Our Legally-Sound Practical Legislative Response

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From: ReadingLiberally-SaltLake@johnkarls.com
To: ReadingLiberallyEmailList@johnkarls.com
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Subject: “SIX-DEGREES-OF-SEPARATION” CALL TO ACTION = The Supreme Court’s Recent Corporate-Campaign-Contribution Decision - (ONLY 5 MINUTES NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE)
Date: March 14, 2010
Time: 11:06 am MDT > 1:14 pm MDT


Dear Friends,

(details about our next meeting omitted)

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CALL TO ACTION – ONLY 5 MINUTES NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE

We take pride in the fact that there are NO MORE THAN SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION between us and 100% of the American electorate.

And that, on important occasions, we can send to all of our friends and acquaintances an already-prepared e-mail for them (1) to send to America's decision maker(s) to influence governmental policy, and (2) to send to all of their friends and acquaintances to do the same in an unending chain.

At our meeting this past Wednesday, we decided that this is one of those occasions. That all of us should (1) contact both President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain (the co-author of the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (aka BCRA) whose corporate-campaign-contribution restrictions the Supreme Court struck down), and (2) contact all of our friends and acquaintances requesting them to do the same in an unending chain.

Our legally-sound practical legislative response is described in the already-prepared e-mails below. Further information is available on our bulletin board = http://www.ReadingLiberally-SaltLake.org.

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ANSWERING THE CALL TO ACTION IN 5 MINUTES

Below are two already-prepared e-mails that you can use for this purpose.

All you have to do is -

(1) hit your e-mail forward button and erase from this e-mail which will now be forwarded, everything down through the line of asterisks following the second PS below, and then put the e-mail addresses of all your friends and acquaintances into the address section (the subject of this e-mail will remain as the subject of your e-mail that is being forwarded).

(2) send to President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain a copy of the already-prepared messages following the instructions contained in the e-mail message you are forwarding to all your friends and acquaintances.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

Your friend,

John K.

PS - To un-subscribe, please press "reply" and type "deletion requested."

PPS - In forwarding this e-mail to all of your friends and acquaintances you should, after pressing your e-mail forward button, erase from this e-mail now being forwarded everything through the following line(s) of asterisks (however, this will leave intact the subject of this e-mail).

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Dear Friends,

In his recent State-of-the-Union address, President Obama criticized the January 21, 2010 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the McCain-Feingold restrictions on independent campaign expenditures by corporations and labor unions.

I have received an e-mail from a friend requesting that all Americans contact both President Obama and Senator McCain to urge them to propose and/or support a practical legislative response to the Supreme Court decision.

The practical legislative response is explained below in the already-prepared e-mails that you and all of your six-degrees-of-separation friends/acquaintances can send to President Obama and Senator McCain.

If you agree with our proposal, please

(1) hit your e-mail forward button and put the e-mail addresses of all your friends and acquaintances into the address section so that, through no more than six degrees of separation to 100% of the American population, we reach everyone.

(2) send to President Obama a copy of THE FIRST E-MAIL BELOW WHICH IS DESIGNED FOR HIM at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact -- which will require (A) inputting your name, an e-mail address and a ZIP code, (B) selecting “I Have A Policy Comment" from the pull-down menu for “Subject" and then “Other” from the next pull-down menu, and (C) pasting the following message into the box provided. (It is also recommended that you select a salutation = “Dr.” from the pull-down menu before your first name and that you check the box at the end for “Contact me – a response is requested” -- both suggestions in order to maximize the chances that the message will actually be read.)

(3) send to Senator John McCain a copy of THE SECOND E-MAIL BELOW WHICH IS DESIGNED FOR HIM at http://mccain.senate.gov/public/index.c ... ontactForm -- which will require (A) inputting your name, an e-mail address and a physical address, (B) selecting “Not Listed" from the pull-down menu for “Subject" and (C) pasting the following message into the box provided. (It is also recommended that you select a salutation = “Dr.” from the pull-down menu before your first name and that you resist the temptation to select “Government Affairs” rather than “Not Listed” as the subject –- both suggestions in order to maximize the chances that the message will actually be read.)





**********PRESIDENT OBAMA E-MAIL**********

The Supreme Court’s Recent Corporate-Campaign-Contribution Decision –- A Legally-Sound Legislative Response

President Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President:

Thank you very much for expressing your concerns regarding the recent Supreme Court decision in your State-of-the-Union Address.

A legally-sound legislative response would be to:

(A) extend the “disclaimer and disclosure” provisions for television of McCain-Feingold that the Supreme Court did approve: (1) so that they apply to cable, satellite and the internet, (2) so that they specify for the first time that the identity of the ultimate funder(s) must be disclosed (blowing past fronting organizations or judgment-proof individuals) –- and to the extent that the ultimate funder(s) might be foreign, the U.S. should negotiate more extradition treaties with foreign countries, and (3) so that the threshold for applicability is reduced to “zero tolerance” to avoid “game playing” with “political SPAM” that is divided into multiple messages, each of which is addressed to slightly fewer addressees than any threshold that is specified.

(B) specify for the Internal Revenue Code’s “ordinary and necessary business expense” provision for corporate tax deductions that already requires that to be deductible an expenditure must relate to the corporation’s business: (1) that any expenditure that does not relate directly to the corporation’s business must be submitted to the shareholders for a vote with each dissenter receiving her/his portion of the expenditure as a cash dividend and each remaining shareholder being reported to the IRS as having received a non-cash taxable dividend for her/his portion of the expenditure; (2) that any expenditure aimed at affecting the policy of any governmental organization or agency is subject to the shareholder-vote requirement unless it finances a message that is confined to the merits of the issue affecting the corporation’s business (rather than comprising an unrelated attack on an organization or individual whose policies may affect the corporation’s business); and (3) that a penalty will be imposed on the corporate officer who authorized such an expenditure without a shareholder vote (or the chief financial officer if the expenditure was not authorized by any other officer) equal to three times the amount of the expenditure.

Thank you for your consideration.





**********SENATOR McCAIN E-MAIL**********

The Supreme Court’s Recent Corporate/Union-Campaign-Contribution Decision –- A Legally-Sound Legislative Response

Senator John McCain

Dear Senator McCain:

Thank you very much for all of your efforts vis-à-vis campaign-finance reform and your concerns with the recent Supreme Court decision on corporate/union campaign contributions.

A legally-sound legislative response would be to:

(A) extend the “disclaimer and disclosure” provisions for television of McCain-Feingold that the Supreme Court did approve: (1) so that they apply to cable, satellite and the internet, (2) so that they specify for the first time that the identity of the ultimate funder(s) must be disclosed (blowing past fronting organizations or judgment-proof individuals) –- and to the extent that the ultimate funder(s) might be foreign, the U.S. should negotiate more extradition treaties with foreign countries, and (3) so that the threshold for applicability is reduced to “zero tolerance” to avoid “game playing” with “political SPAM” that is divided into multiple messages, each of which is addressed to slightly fewer addressees than any threshold that is specified.

(B) specify for the Internal Revenue Code’s “ordinary and necessary business expense” provision for corporate tax deductions that already requires that to be deductible an expenditure must relate to the corporation’s business: (1) that any expenditure that does not relate directly to the corporation’s business must be submitted to the shareholders for a vote with each dissenter receiving her/his portion of the expenditure as a cash dividend and each remaining shareholder being reported to the IRS as having received a non-cash taxable dividend for her/his portion of the expenditure; (2) that any expenditure aimed at affecting the policy of any governmental organization or agency is subject to the shareholder-vote requirement unless it finances a message that is confined to the merits of the issue affecting the corporation’s business (rather than comprising an unrelated attack on an organization or individual whose policies may affect the corporation’s business); and (3) that a penalty will be imposed on the corporate officer who authorized such an expenditure without a shareholder vote (or the chief financial officer if the expenditure was not authorized by any other officer) equal to three times the amount of the expenditure.

Thank you for your consideration.

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