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BRUMMETT ONLINE: A way out of the darkness

By John Brummett

This article was published May 16, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

They call it “dark money” because it certainly is, in more than one meaning of the word.

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DoubleBlind says... May 16, 2018 at 5:44 a.m.

So the Wellspring Committee is the 401-C-4 which allows JCN to hide their donor(s) identity, but it’s founders’ ties to the Koch’s are clear. Their charter states ‘they do not participate in political activities.’ I’m not sure how they keep their tax exempt status.

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RBear says... May 16, 2018 at 6:37 a.m.

DB, they are a 501(c)(4). Because they focus on issue ads, they can keep that status provided they don't mention being in support of a candidate. As Brummett noted, dark money is the money laundering game of politics. Efforts to plug it fall on deaf ears as it would cut off the flow of money to political causes and advisers. Until it just gets so bad it destroys our elections, nothing will be done about it. That's why people like Clarke Tucker need to be elected. French Hill doesn't give a flying rat's a** about the issue. His bosses tell him to ignore it.
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With regards to Sterling, I heard him speak yesterday at Political Animals and he could never really make the case for why he's qualified for the state's highest court. In fact, all the reasons he stated made him less appealing than more. It's like a football player who was good in high school (his small law firms), got to go with his team to the state playoffs sitting on the bench (Sterling's one case as an interested party in an appeals court in '06), got to walk on to a college team (appointment by Asa to DHS), and now wants to referee in major college bowl games even though he's never even refereed a peewee football game.
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As stated, he's the LEAST qualified of the three candidates but apparently is being financed by big money to subvert our state's judicial system.

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hah406 says... May 16, 2018 at 8:14 a.m.

Sterling is utterly unqualified and his ads betray his highly partisan approach to a non-partisan election. What does being a member of the NRA have to do with appropriately adjudicating questions about the state constitution in the state supreme court? And would someone tell me what the hell "Arkansas values" even means? I am an Arkansan, and I suspect that my values line up much more with JB's than Mr. Sterling's.

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TimberTopper says... May 16, 2018 at 8:14 a.m.

There should be a limit on campaign spending, with no dark money available. However, it probably won't happen until enough voters get tired of bad politicians. At present corporate America owns our politicians and as a result our democracy. It hasn't belonged to the American people in many years.

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BoudinMan says... May 16, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

To paraphrase Shakespeare, first we "kill" all the lobbyists.

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GeneralMac says... May 16, 2018 at 9:05 a.m.

John Brummett pays homage.....AGAIN........to Clarke Tucker by saying.........." who contends to go to congress where he belongs"

NO ONE " belongs" in congress.

WIinning elections is all that counts.
Get off your knees paying homage to Clark Tucker .

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GeneralMac says... May 16, 2018 at 9:16 a.m.

Haha406 seems to think HIS ( and John Brummett's values are " Arkansas values".

You two are so far in the minority with your " values" .
If you think you two and the " usual suspects" who post here are representative of Arkansas, I still have ocean front property in Harrison Arkansas for sale.

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BOLTAR says... May 16, 2018 at 9:35 a.m.

Arkansas values are neither monolithic nor generally all that admirable.

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Jfish says... May 16, 2018 at 9:37 a.m.

Timber is correct, until we put rational limits on the election spending and have full disclosure, little will change. Most all of our spending habits are out of control and the politicians (and constituents) are owned by corporations.

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GeneralMac says... May 16, 2018 at 9:50 a.m.

BOLTAR............the values of liberal Eureka Springs are not representative of the values of the majority of Arkansas.

The day my town's big celebration is a gay pride parade led by a guy doing backflips wearing only a jock strap is the day I move.

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