Friday, June 17, 2016

The Myanmarian Candidate

If Peter Roskam gets his way, it will be harder for scientists to track down dark money inside Washington DC than to find dark matter outside the Solar System. Roskam, Lake County's vestigial Congressman, sponsored a Bill that eliminates the requirement on non-profit organizations to identify their donors.

Critics warn the legislation would allow foreign governments to circumvent US election laws with laundered campaign donations:
"This misguided legislation could effectively open up a loophole allowing foreign money in elections through 501(c) groups, specifically 501(c)(4)s, that can engage in political activities," says the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit group that seeks to make government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. The statement by the Sunlight Foundation goes on to say, "While foreign money is not allowed in U.S. elections, it can be deposited into these nonprofits — which can then spend that money in elections while keeping the identity of donors hidden. By removing the only way the government has of vetting these contributions, the bill would prevent the IRS from safeguarding U.S. elections from the influence of foreign companies and individuals."
U.S. House Passes Bill That Could Allow Foreign "Dark Money" to Influence American Politics
Roskam's Bill passed the Republican dominated Congress along Party lines.

Two weeks prior to voting for his Bill, Peter Roskam was seen in the Republic of Myanmar:

Peter Roskam and the Speaker of the Myanmar Parliament
May 31, 2016

Peter Roskam and General Min Aung Hlaing
May 31, 2016
Neither Angela Lansbury or the Queen of Diamonds were available for comment:

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