Monday, August 11, 2008

Thugs Intimidating Political Contributors

Thugs Intimidating Political Contributors

Yup! There are people threatening contributors to political campaigns with legal action and attempts to poke into their private lives. And of course, it is liberals who are doing the threatening. From the August 8, 2008 MarketWatch:
According the August 8 edition of The New York Times, Accountable America, a liberal group, plans to send a letter "to confront donors to conservative groups, hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions... The warning letter is intended as a first step, alerting donors who might be considering giving to right-wing groups to a variety of potential dangers, including legal trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives. The group is also hoping to be able to respond if an outside conservative group broadcasts a television advertisement attacking Senator Barack Obama, or another Democratic candidate, by running commercials exposing the donors behind the advertisements."

Attempts to intimidate individuals from participating in the presidential campaign can be a violation of federal law. A key federal civil rights law (42 U.S.C. Section 1985(3)), popularly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, may be applicable if "two or more persons conspire to prevent by force, intimidation, or threat, any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving his support or advocacy in a legal manner, toward or in favor of the election of any lawfully qualified person as an elector for President or Vice President, or as a Member of Congress of the United States; or to injure any citizen in person or property on account of such support or advocacy."
"Threats and intimidation have no place in our democratic elections and are a violation of the law. This new front group, Accountable America, seems to have crossed a legal line," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Liberalism is finally dropping its pretense of support for civil liberties, and exposing itself as the totalitarian movement that it is. And you will notice that they are backing Obama. What with liberal law professors defending "war crimes trials" for Bush after Obama takes office, on the theory that the Iraq War was equivalent to the Holocaust, any rational person who wants Obama in office obviously wants a civil war. Criminalizing policy disagreements for those who leave office is so Soviet Union.

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