Note the article below from the Woester Telegraph from a state with limited restrictions on the expenditures of campaign contributions. It opens the barn door on abuse.
Massachusetts doesn't have term limits either,
which it needs.
November 26. 2013 5:12PM
Campaign contributions pay for more than many think
Donating to a political campaign is a way of expressing personal approval. But donors should know that contributions may be spent, legally, on things they might have thought would come from personal or expense accounts.
Campaign coffers in Massachusetts go to more than hiring helpers and buying ads and lawn signs.
A lot of donated dollars get eaten up at dinners. Meals with leaders and constituents are one of the legitimate, but often pricey, perks of a campaign account.
As described in a Sunday Telegram story Nov. 24, some Central Massachusetts legislators have used campaign funds to pay for conferences, gifts for volunteers, legal bills, and hotel rooms in Boston after late-night sessions at the Statehouse.
The state's decades-old campaign finance law requires only that expenditures provide for "the enhancement of the political future of the candidate" and not be primarily for personal benefit.
Tighter regulations over campaign spending would lessen at least the perception that campaign contributions can in some cases serve essentially as salary boosts, or a way for a lawmaker to live high on the hog once in a while without burning a hole in their own pocket.
What we hope for most from our representatives is a sense of duty to contributors, and wisdom over the value of others' hard-earned dollars.
It's disheartening to hear, as we so often do, about time and money lavished on less-than-serious outings and purposes. We expect more from our elected leaders.
State legislators make a base salary of more than $61,000 a year, and many receive leadership stipends and per diem travel allowances. They work hard, and some meetings over meals to get work done is to be expected.
But smart voters admire frugality and pragmatism, and — though they don't always know where their campaign contributions are going — they know those qualities when they see them.
This is awesome news for many MMJ patients! About time Colorado's government is taking it seriously. (Just wish the Feds would legalize MMJ and change labor laws so we can't be fired for being a patient.)
Now lets expand the RMJ industry in El Paso County and get some needed sales tax money!
Considering she worked in the Elections dept for years prior to working the campaigns…...
Colo. School Board Member: Transgender Students Need 'Castration' Before Using Bathrooms - Just unbelievable in this day and age with Science as our guide instead of someone's bogus religion guiding our state politics!
Great, the Academy hires an obviously anti-gay Conversion Therapy Practitioner to connect with cadets (however indirectly) through character and leadership? Doesn't Human Resources, or the AF Career Program, ever do background checks?
It's not about religion - for there are plenty of qualified Christian counsellors who haven't driven patients to suicide.
" It's like you talk about desegregation and you hire someone from the KKK."
Exactly. It's not that they're white - it's that they're aryan supremacists.
Here it's not that he's an Evangelical Christian - it's that the record shows his attitude towards Jews, Gays, Catholics and other sinners is less than professional.
Does anyone else find it ironic that a bunch of people that advocate freedom of religion/expression want someone removed from their position based on their religious beliefs?
The ACA was created out of a need to regulate the insurance market, reign in some high healthcare costs, and expand coverage where possible. It does not create a single payer system (unfortunate in my opinion), but it was created on a notion (a Republican one at that), that healthcare is a personal responsibility, and based on your income, you will be expected to pay a certain percentage of your healthcare costs.
The ACA was designed so that if you do not have access to affordable insurance through your employer (established as 9.5% of your income), then you will have access to the plans available in the Marketplace. In this case, you will receive subsidies up to a certain percentage of the federal poverty line (I believe that a family of four making a little over 90,000 will still qualify for a subsidy.) However, if affordable coverage is not available to you, you can be exempt from the personal responsibility requirement (this means that if you have to spend more than 8% of your income on your premiums, you can seek an exemption.)
Having said this, I agree with you that the plans on the marketplaces are expensive and have high deductibles and out of pocket costs. Those making up to 250% of the FPL may be eligible for Cost Sharing Reductions, which are meant to help reduce such costs. In addition, insurance companies are not allowed to spend less than 80% of their revenues on claims reimbursements. And if they do so, they are required to send their policy holders a rebate. Still, many policies are still expensive because yes the ACA has set a very comprehensive essential benefits package which insurers must cover. However, the idea is that with time, with enough healthy individuals buying into the coverage pool, prices will lower and stabilize. That is why the individual mandate is an essential piece of the ACA. However, in my opinion, to truly bring costs down and make comprehensive and quality coverage available and affordable for all, one of two things needs to happen: 1. A public option should be introduced or 2. health insurance companies should not be allowed to operate for profit.
I think that a discussion around the value of insurance, and of quality and well regulated insurance is needed to emphasize the fact that just one ER visit can quickly help a family meet it a deductible of 5,000 (as most bronze plans have). Yes, insurance is health expensive, but so is auto and home insurance, yet we still purchase those policies because we understand their value. Now we just need to apply the same thinking to health insurance :) Let me know if you would like further resources or the sources for my info
hahahahaha! now this is a surprise!!
Will it ever end....the obsession of some christians with other people's private lives?
I'll tell you what's "sick" and it isn't gay people; it's the religious right's obsession with who you sleep with and your private choice of reproductive decisions. Sick.
People everywhere (especially the USAFA) need to grow up, get over bigotries learned in their youth, live and let live, get religion out of all of our public institutions, and move on with vastly more important issues facing our nation.
I don't expect the USAFA to fire the guy, though they should; they'll do their usual circling of the wagons and defend him with tenacity.
Amazing politician for CS! She was the only one that came to the local Pride Center to talk to their Board before the election to show her support for us and I was there to witness it! She really cares about all of the citizens here and I commend her for showing tolerance to our community and especially transgender people, especially after what happened with Coy's school's bathroom use fiasco. We need more people like her in local government!
I want to get involved with this! Who should I contact?
Bach wants the Colorado Springs tax payers to chip in on a stadium for no team, a museum for an international corporation that has the funds to build their own museum, a medicine facility for a state owned university and a new visitor center for the federal government. I am glad he is so generous with our money. If it ever comes to a public vote I will be first in line to campaign against this project. This is all about making his friends and possibly himself richer. If it is about jobs, attract the tech industry again. One tech company can bring in more and higher paying jobs. In the 90's and early 2000's they were here. Do you remember when Intel and HP were here? Now Colorado Springs gets excited when we get a new retail store (Bass Pro Shops) that brings in new jobs that pay below the national average. The city government needs to look at an intelligent jobs plan and not how to stuff their friends pockets with cash.
The "poorest of the poor" were already covered by Medicaid. All Obamacare has done is redefine "poor", resulting in hundreds of thousands more Americans lining up for something someone else is paying for.
we don't need no stinking public input, says the fat cat developer buddies of mayor botch.
these guys are unbelievable!
"Price tells other media he's been "spending a lot of time" with Chris Jenkins of Nor'Wood Development, owner of a big share of the downtown property eyed for the stadium and the Olympic museum."
This really smacks of collusion. If EPS, Inc. is aware of it (I'd be amazed if they're not) I imagine it would hurt the city's chances of closing this deal & getting as much cash as they can.
I know it's a small city, but the mayor should be slammed for putting together a deal that [on the surface] looks like a helluva sweetheart proposition for his close buddies. Nice payback for funding the strong mayor ijitiative and helping to get their "boy" elected! Scratch below the surface & I wonder who else stands to realize a windfall?
I'm happy the homeless are getting essential benefits. However, many middle-class Americans are losing theirs due to unaffordable, terrible bronze policies that cover nothing but raise deductibles and out-of-pockets. My family will be uninsured in 2014.
And before it's asked. Yes, I've been on the Colorado exchange website and the policies are unaffordable in my situation. On the other-hand, I could stop paying my mortgage, become homeless and possibly be covered? Probably not.
I did not have a good experience with this organization. We qualified up until the face to face interview, and then we were told we do not qualify. That shows they didn't like our looks or something. Regardless, we were homeless, my husband has two Masters, I have an Associates, and they wouldn't even tell us why. They didn't have to they said. Anyhow, I am glad there are some people they help. That is a good thing.
How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics Are Destroying the Republican Party
Our modern prophets are fundamentally different. Their dogma springs from Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, through James Dobson’s Family Research Council, to the eerily omnipresent Fellowship and its C Street house.
For these apocalyptic prophets, the issues aren’t even political anymore; they’re existential, with Obamacare serving as the avatar for all evil. In this construct, any compromise whatsoever leads to damnation, and therefore the righteous ends justify any means.
Now if you are battling the forces of evil for the very survival of the nation, there can be no retreat, no compromise, and no deals. Like the Jewish zealots at Masada, it’s better to commit glorious suicide than make peace with the devil. There can be no truce with the Tea Party because its apocalyptic zealots can never take “yes” for an answer.
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