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house Bill H.R. 5063

Do the Feds Need to Stop Requiring Companies to Give “Donations” to Outside Groups When Settling Lawsuits?

Argument in favor

When corporations settle lawsuits with the federal government, that money should go to the actual victims or into the Treasury, not to political activist groups.

Edward's Opinion
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09/06/2016
When the government fines an entity and gives the proceeds to activist groups, the groups are invariably leftists. Most of the groups getting this kind of money are terribly destructive of the United States. We can't stop these groups from getting dirty money from Soros and other liberal crooks, but the citizens should not have to support them, unless they want to.
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Lycos's Opinion
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09/07/2016
The use of donations is just a simple way for a organization that finds itself in a position of power to begin stuffing its pockets with one well placed bureaucrat
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Harold's Opinion
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09/06/2016
The govt should not be supporting political activist groups
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Argument opposed

It makes sense that federal agencies settling lawsuits mandate that some of the penalties paid by corporations go to nonprofit groups on an approved list.

Joe's Opinion
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09/06/2016
Some of those non profit groups are federal agencies like the National Park Service which Congress refuses to fully fund!
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Steven's Opinion
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09/06/2016
This seems good, but the bill allows the money to just go to the treasury. I agree with money going directly to the victims and not having mandatory donations to random special interests, but this bill is just as bad just giving the money to legislatures. Write a bill that guarantees all money
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singinghawk926's Opinion
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10/10/2016
What is needed is a bill to modify the existing law to redirect settlement funds to benefit those persons or entities harmed by the actions which promted the lawsuit.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed September 7th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 241 Yea / 174 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
    IntroducedApril 26th, 2016

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    When the government fines an entity and gives the proceeds to activist groups, the groups are invariably leftists. Most of the groups getting this kind of money are terribly destructive of the United States. We can't stop these groups from getting dirty money from Soros and other liberal crooks, but the citizens should not have to support them, unless they want to.
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    Some of those non profit groups are federal agencies like the National Park Service which Congress refuses to fully fund!
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    The use of donations is just a simple way for a organization that finds itself in a position of power to begin stuffing its pockets with one well placed bureaucrat
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    All this is legal extortion.
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    The govt should not be supporting political activist groups
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    This seems good, but the bill allows the money to just go to the treasury. I agree with money going directly to the victims and not having mandatory donations to random special interests, but this bill is just as bad just giving the money to legislatures. Write a bill that guarantees all money
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    Feds shouldn't force charity!
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    Politically active groups should not profit from these settlements.
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    This is a disgusting example of cronyism! No way should government officials dish a little bit of the settlement out to their cronies! Just look at the "Why vote Nay" on this bill - "It makes sense..." with no supporting argument. Of course it doesn't make sense! Yes this is inappropriate and the law should not permit this!
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    We don't need more money going to special interests.
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    Settlements should be given to those affected. The recipients can then decide to donate any portion of this to charity... The company should want to give donations to groups in order to restore faith from the public
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    Obama has done this and made companies give to left wing groups ... Not right !!!
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    Besides the restitution made to the party involved in the lawsuit, this (non-profit donations) should not be permitted. This practice allows for corruption, i.e., special interests. Why not pass a bill that requires a percentage of money to be allocated against the national debt.
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    Another ploy by the Progressives to give monetary favors to thier
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    It's not a donation if it is forced, then it is a tax
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    I really like the opinion given by Countable member EssellC: "I oppose giving money to activist groups such as La Raza which advocates for the return of several states in the US to Mexico. Visit Wikipedia's " The Mexican-American War" for a full accounting of the states in question. The illegal immigrant population has greatly increased to the extent that they have the demographics necessary to achieve this goal, LEGALLY through Constitutional means thanks to the Obama administration and the rest of the open borders crowd. Our Constitution, including the 14th Amendment, has been hijacked by foreigners and their enablers, and is being used for the nefarious goal of land seizure as well as bastardizing the US into third-world status." EssellC usually gives GREAT reasons for his/her votes!
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    When corporations settle lawsuits, the money should go to the victims. By forcing corporations to "donate" to certain approved non-profits, especially political activist groups, the government enables cronyism.
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    How can this be described as anything but EXTORTION?! And it's being directed by our government with our consent. We need to keep our elected officials honest and using judicial or regulatory means to EXTORT private companies to give money that they earned to bureaucrats is wrong, wasteful and impractical.
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    What is needed is a bill to modify the existing law to redirect settlement funds to benefit those persons or entities harmed by the actions which promted the lawsuit.
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    This stops cronyism. We are watching.
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