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Ivan Denisovich 
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Re: “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders' 'Dark Money' Org

Congratulations on ferreting out the "nefarious" Nurse's Union and their "shadowy" attempts to support a candidate that wants to provide affordable healthcare for all. That's some crack reporting, there. Perhaps you should contact Brady Toensing, I'm sure he'd be happy to write hit pieces like this for free. That you fail to mention the percentage of Sander's dollars that come from small, individual donations reveals your bias. Progressives should be lauded for their attempts to level the playing field and get big money out of politics. That you expect progressive candidates to handicap themselves vs. corporate funded candidates with a self-imposed set of rules around transparency that their opponents routinely ignore does the dark-monied interest's bidding for them. We get it- you're mad Bernie won't give you interviews. Please move on.

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Posted by Ivan Denisovich on 04/25/2019 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Unfunny Money? Anonymous Satirical Outfit Skewers Vermont Pols

You don't get it. No one is trying to stop these people from making political content. If they were just posting videos to YouTube, no one would watch them and we wouldn't be talking about this. However, this is PAID FOR political advertising and we are only seeing it because money is pushing it to us. Who is doing the paying does matter, both ethically and legally. Where the content is made is maybe trivial, but that they claim they are Vermonters, broadcasting from Vermont, while there is a decent amount of evidence that they are not, adds to the case the these are duplicitous shills, not real people. That is important to know.

Warheit's comment is typical right-wing chicanery- trying to turn a legitimate criticism of a bogus media tactic into a free speech issue. Everyone can say what they want, but we get to examine who paid for it, why they are doing it, and whether they are telling the truth.

I agree that we cannot have government choosing what information we get. What we can do is make sure the purpose, sources, and funding of our media is transparent. "Fan Club" fails this test by refusing to make known their funding, and deceiving viewers about their identity and location.

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Posted by Ivan Denisovich on 03/18/2018 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Unfunny Money? Anonymous Satirical Outfit Skewers Vermont Pols

Finally! Thank you Seven Days. I've been getting these annoying, paid political advertisements pushed to my YouTube content for nearly a year now. Posing as cool, grassroots, native Vermonters being funny, they are actually none of the above. Failing to be funny or entertaining is not a crime, but apparently failure to disclose funding sources for this thinly-veiled political advertising is. I queried them about their funding as well, but they were similarly tight-lipped, and didn't directly answer any of my questions.

In addition to failing to entertain, "James" and Rachel, I mean "Elizabeth" are representing a demographic that doesn't actually exist in Vermont's borders. I'm sure there are hip, social media savvy Vermonters, who think Bernie is a fringe lunatic, hate Phil Scott because he's a stock car driving liberal, and don't believe in conserving the environment, but we could probably fit them all the in the bathroom at Nectar's. These mediocre actors come off as completely two-dimensional because they are portraying a stereotype, supported by nothing but reactionary ideology.

We are lucky to live in a state with enough genuine political discourse, honest politicians, and investigative journalism, to allow fishy smelling endeavors like this to be brought out in the daylight and exposed for what they really are; out-of-state, right-wing hoaxes meant to undermine our small state's democracy.

39 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Denisovich on 03/15/2018 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Policy Wonk Nicole Mace Lands in a Swirling Political Storm

While Ms. Mace may be very bright and sweet, her stance on teacher healthcare ignored the rights of the school boards she is supposed to serve, democratic politics (capital and lower case "D"), and the historical and national fight for worker's rights. Her stance was a local lesson on a national problem for the Democratic Party. Working class Americans are largely turned off by elitist Democrats that plant their flag on identity politics (women's, minority, immigrant rights), but fail to address the fundamental issue in America- massive and growing inequality. Tax cuts for the wealthy, assaults on unions and collective bargaining rights, and balancing out of control healthcare costs on the backs of the poor and middle class are the right wing's weapons in this fight. To see them wielded by a woman who claims to be a Democrat in the name of "pragmatism" is a another sad example of how the Clinton-type Centrist Democrats lost their way. Ms. Mace is already a politician, whether she wants to be or not. If she wants to further her career in elected public office, I suggest she search her soul for what she truly believes in and not that which is expedient, then get the correct letter after her name on the ballot.

13 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Ivan Denisovich on 08/09/2017 at 9:02 PM

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