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Monday, March 09, 2015

Campaign disclosure may end in West Virginia

A Republican Legislature may end disclosure of campaign contributions in West Virginia. That is prudent, in the wake of a $1,000 campaign contribution costing Brendan Eich a multi-million-dollar job as CEO of the parent company of the Firefox browser.

Liberals, who lost the Prop 8 vote in California, hounded the company to fire him (he resigned under pressure). The irony is this is now costing the company millions. Corporate America should learn from Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A that liberal boycotts backfire.

Conservative boycotts hurt.

From Computer World (via Instapundit):
Mozilla's Firefox is in danger of making the endangered species list for browsers.
Just two weeks after Mozilla's top Firefox executive said that rumors of its demise were "dead wrong," the iconic browser dropped another three-tenths of a percentage point in analytics firm Net Applications' tracking, ending February with 11.6%.
And there was this:
In the last 12 months, Firefox's user share -- an estimate of the portion of all those who reach the Internet via a desktop browser -- has plummeted by 34%. Since Firefox crested at 25.1% in April 2010, Firefox has lost 13.5 percentage points, or 54% of its peak share.
At Firefox's 12-month average rate of decline, Mozilla's desktop browser will slip under the 10% bar in June, joining other third-tier applications like Apple's Safari (with just a 4.8% user share in February) and Opera Software's Opera (1.1%). If the trend continues, Firefox on the desktop could drop below 8% as soon as October.
We know why. Conservatives ditched it because the corporation essentially fired Eich over a $1,000 campaign donation. The company caved to liberal pressure. I switched back to Opera.

Liberals did that to warn other rich people who dare cross the line.

In West Virginia, campaign donations are held to $1,000 per person -- a ridiculous law passed when Jay Rockefeller was governor. He spent $12 million to get elected to the Senate -- barely -- in 1984 after 8 years as governor over a political novice in a state where Democrats outnumbered Republicans 2 to 1.

The new limits will be $25,000 for state races, $15,000 for state Senate races, and $10,000 for House of Delegates races. The House version bounces the disclosures. The Senate version does not. We shall see what happens this week. The legislative session ends Saturday.

Hopefully campaign disclosures do too.



  1. Please explain to me, "The irony is this is now costing the money millions." I can't figure that out.

    Them lefties be vicious.

  2. I wish contributions could be anonymous. Not public and not known to the politicians either. Hard to stay bought when you don't know your owner.