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  •  I read the bill and don't see the section... (2+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark, joynow

    ... you are referencing.  I see a section called "Security Clearances" which appears to be defining the phrase "eligible candidate".  But nothing that indicates that the 500 people the candidate selects are vetted by anything other than the fact that the candidate himself is eligible:

    (as defined in section
    9002(10) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986)—
    ‘‘(i) a candidate of a major party (as defined in section
    9002(6) of such Code) for President or Vice-President of the
    United States; and
    ‘‘(ii) any other candidate who has been determined by the
    Administrator to be among the principal contenders for the
    general election to such offices.
    If that hurdle is passed, the administrator then:
    ‘(i) ensure that any candidate determined to be an eligible
    candidate under such subparagraph—
    ‘‘(I) meets the requirements described in Article II,
    Section 1, of the United States Constitution for eligibility
    to the office of President;
    ‘‘(II) has qualified to have his or her name appear
    on the ballots of a sufficient number of States such that
    the total number of electors appointed in those States
    is greater than 50 percent of the total number of electors
    appointed in all of the States; and
    ‘‘(III) has demonstrated a significant level of public
    support in national public opinion polls, so as to be realisti-
    cally considered among the principal contenders for Presi-
    dent or Vice-President of the United States; and
    ‘‘(ii) consider whether other national organizations have
    recognized the candidate as being among the principal con-
    tenders for the general election to such offices, including
    whether the Commission on Presidential Debates has deter-
    mined that the candidate is eligible to participate in the can-
    didate debates for the general election to such offices.’’.

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 12:22:32 PM PST

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      •  I actually looked for a prior bill... (0+ / 0-)

        ... I tried to find the original bill passed in 1963 which appears to have been amended in the mid 2000's to take into account the Patriot Act and didn't find a reference to anything which says that if a person is nominated, and that person meets the criteria outlined above, that person and her/his designees can have access like this without full vetting (background checks, conflicts of interest, suitability, etc.).

        I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

        by Hey338Too on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:25:10 PM PST

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