Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill

Using data from the Federal Election Commission, this chart shows all donations that corporate members of the US Business Coalition for TPP made to US Senate campaigns between January and March 2015, when fast-tracking the TPP was being debated in the Senate:

  • Out of the total $1,148,971 given, an average of $17,676.48 was donated to each of the 65 “yea” votes.
  • The average Republican member received $19,673.28 from corporate TPP supporters.
  • The average Democrat received $9,689.23 from those same donors.

The amounts given rise dramatically when looking at how much each senator running for re-election received.

Two days before the fast-track vote, Obama was a few votes shy of having the filibuster-proof majority he needed. Ron Wyden and seven other Senate Democrats announced they were on the fence on 12 May, distinguishing themselves from the Senate’s 54 Republicans and handful of Democrats as the votes to sway.

In just 24 hours, Wyden and five of those Democratic holdouts – Michael Bennet of Colorado, Dianne Feinstein of California, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, and Bill Nelson of Florida – caved and voted for fast-track.

Bennet, Murray, and Wyden – all running for re-election in 2016 – received $105,900 between the three of them. Bennet, who comes from the more purple state of Colorado, got $53,700 in corporate campaign donations between January and March 2015, according to Channing’s research.

Almost 100% of the Republicans in the US Senate voted for fast-track – the only two non-votes on TPA were a Republican from Louisiana and a Republican from Alaska.


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'Fast Track' bill - Precursor to TPP - passes Senate, headed to House - (Ex-Imp bank vote also cited)

"The Senate handed President Barack Obama a major win Thursday, voting to advance his trade agenda by ending debate on a bill that would grant him the power to fast-track massive new pacts through Congress.

A number of senators objected to the process, complaining that they were unable to get votes on amendments they deemed essential to making sure that looming, still-secret deals with 12 Pacific Rim nations and Europe live up to promises of helping U.S. workers.

But 62 of their colleagues disagreed, and voted to halt debate anyway, setting up passage of the fast-track bill by the end of the week

Fast track, formally known as Trade Promotion Authority, would allow the president to cut trade agreements with other nations, then advance them through Congress with expedited procedures..."

"We're moving to this massive bill with very little debate even on the fast-track policy. And if that's adopted and the bill -- TPP -- appears, there will be no amendments on it," said Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), referring to the fast-track rules that don't allow Congress to alter trade agreements.

"Several senators said later that the key was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) promising Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) to have a vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, which backs loans in places where there might not otherwise be sufficient funding to purchase products from the United States. A key beneficiary is Boeing, in Cantwell's state" - Read More from the shills at Huffington Post

In essence, while we were enamored by Senator Paul's filibuster on the PATRIOT Act, another nefarious debate was going on behind closed doors. That debate is now closed on the "Fast Track" bill, and it will be voted on by this Friday.

This bill is a Catalyst component to the TPP, which if introduced won't be allowed to be amended, nor debated upon, if their is a simple majority (as I understand it).


Rick Santorum Announcing Run for President

Rick Santorum, the former Republican senator from Pennsylvania, will announce today that he will seek the GOP nomination for president in 2016, ABC News has learned. ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos will sit down for an exclusive interview with Santorum this afternoon.

Santorum, 57, is set to reveal his presidential intentions at an event today in Cabot, Pa., near his childhood home. It will be his second run for the White House, almost four years after he won primaries and caucuses in 11 states and finished second to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination.

Santorum will join a quickly widening Republican field that already includes six declared candidates and could grow to encompass around a dozen more. Several contenders are expected to give him tougher competition this time around for the Christian conservative votes he relied on in 2012.



Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq War

Nothing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq.

John Ellis "Jeb" Bush stood by his brother's side while he demolished a nation of 28 million people in the heart of the Arab world he knew nothing about. Out on the stump, Jeb and other GOP candidates try to shift responsibility for the worst U.S. foreign policy disaster since the Vietnam War from George W. to President Barack Obama.

Jeb and Co. claim that everything was fine in Iraq until Obama failed to keep George W.'s ill-conceived war of aggression running on full throttle.


Justin Amash Keeping Watch on House Floor in Case Boehner Tries to Sneak Through Patriot Act Extension

By Julian Hattem | The Hill

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) doesn’t seem to trust that House leaders won’t try to sneak through a short-term renewal of expiring Patriot Act provisions while the chamber is on recess this week.

Amash, a vocal surveillance critic, attended the House’s usually empty pro forma session Tuesday, seemingly to make sure he is able to object in case GOP leaders try and go behind lawmakers’ backs.

Amash recited the pledge of allegiance but gave no other public comments from the chamber floor during the incredibly brief Tuesday afternoon session.


Video: Confirmed Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” in a Proxy War Against Assad [TruthInMedia]

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCBhyzRELLw

By Joshua Cook - May 25, 2015

TruthInMedia.com questioned 2 years ago why the U.S. and our allies were financing ISIS in Iraq and arming so called “moderate rebels” in Syria.


Peter Klein on How Government Distorts Science and Technology

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by Peter Klein, research fellow at the Mises Institute and Professor in the Division of Applied Sciences at the University of Missouri. Peter explains how he first became interested in the study of free markets, particularly as it pertains to technology and the sciences. We discuss how coercive governments have influenced the development of technology, particularly as it pertains to the internet. They look at the issue of net neutrality, and whether or not calls for it can be justified as a response to crony capitalist control over content delivery services. Peter and I examine the question of whether humans would have gone to the Moon or explore deep space if it weren’t for U.S. government intervention, and as usual Marc has some thoughts of his own in the wrap-up rant!


Six Brave Whistleblowers Charged Under the Espionage Act by Obama’s Administration

The Espionage Act had only been used three times in its history to try government officials accused of leaking classified information — until the Obama administration came along.

The Obama administration has been carrying out an unprecedented  crackdown on whistleblowers, particularly on those who have divulged information that relates to national security.  The Espionage Act, enacted during the first World War to punish Americans who aided the enemy, had only been used three times in its history to try government officials accused of leaking classified information — until the Obama administration. Since 2009, the administration has used the act to prosecute six government officials.


Now that Ulbricht Understands the Error in His Ways, Will Libertarians Learn from His Blunder?

Ross Ulbricht once posted the following on his LinkedIn profile (emphasis mine):

Now, my goals have shifted. I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion and aggression amongst mankind… The most widespread and systemic use of force is amongst institutions and governments, so this is my current point of effort. The best way to change a government is to change the minds of the governed, however. To that end, I am creating an economic simulation to give people a first-hand experience of what it would be like to live in a world without the systemic use of force.

The statement above, which I have emphasized in bold, could not be truer. There is no better way to change a society’s philosophy on government, than by changing the minds of the governed and as a result, alter behavior of individuals. But how many minds did Mr. Ulbricht’s economic simulation, Silk Road, actually change?

Claiming that Ulbricht’s Silk Road paved a path to libertarian enlightenment is tantamount to arguing that Mexican drug cartels have been waging the same intellectual battle for a much longer time. This is an irrational assumption.


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