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  • Old Election Cash Gives New Life to Some Democratic Presidential Candidates

    07/19/2019 2:30:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/16/19 | Julie Bykowicz
    WASHINGTON - Some Democratic presidential candidates are finding that their most generous donors are their old campaign accounts, Federal Election Commission reports show. In the first half of the year, nine contenders - all but one of the senators and representatives seeking the White House - transferred more than $41 million from previous election bids to their presidential accounts. The transfers are giving them critical lifelines to compete in an expensive race in which the first caucuses and primaries aren’t until February. Many of the candidates also have also worked to woo larger donors, the second-quarter reports show, even as...
  • Manager of Turkey's state-run TV urges donations to campaign of Ilhan Omar

    07/08/2019 8:36:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/08/2019 | Thomas Lifson
    Wait a second...isn't foreign influence on our elections supposed to be a bad thing?  Illegal, in fact? The head of Turkey's state-run television service is openly urging Turks to donate to the campaign of Ilhan Omar, the anti-Semitic congresswoman from Minnesota.  JNS has the story: Tarek Cherkaoui, the manager of the Turkish state-run news channel TRT World's research center, wrote an article in April calling upon Turks to donate to the campaign fund of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). The article was widely reprinted in the Turkish media. The article, written for the English-language website of the Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Şafak and published...
  • Project Veritas Exposes How Google Gives Billions of in-Kind Value to the Democrat Party

    06/26/2019 4:58:02 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 27 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Today’s Campaign Update (Because The Campaign Never Ends) The folks at Project Veritas have done God’s work one more time. – This time they have gotten the smoking gun on Google’s Orwellian efforts to not only control Americans’ political opinions, but to actually control their entire thought processes to favor the Democrat Party and its candidates. Here is the video in its entirety: The video features two people: The first is Jen Gennai, head of Google’s “Responsible Innovation” team – an Orwellian name in and of itself, given what they actually do – bragging about how her team and indeed,...
  • Group Sues Over Dossier [semi-satire]

    06/24/2019 9:31:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 June 2019 | John Semmens
    The Coolidge Reagan Foundation, which had previously lodged a complaint with the Federal Election Commission contending that the dossier of dirt thrown at Trump was compiled by a foreigner at the behest of the Clinton campaign, and, therefore, a violation of regulations prohibiting accepting anything of value from a foreign source, has now filed a lawsuit. Federal Election Commission Chairman Ellen Weintraub called the lawsuit “merit-less. They might have had a case if Clinton had won, but now the issue is moot. I mean, what damage has the plaintiff suffered? Regardless of whether Secretary Clinton committed a crime or not,...
  • Sorry, media -- talking to foreigners does not violate federal campaign laws

    06/23/2019 1:21:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | June 23, 2019 | Hans von Spakovsky
    It was a hypothetical question about getting information on a political opponent from a foreign national. Yet President Trump’s response sparked a furor—one that was long on accusations and short on the actual law governing federal campaigns. Here’s the bottom line: a federal candidate who is freely given information is not receiving a “contribution” or “thing of value” and is thus not violating federal campaign finance law or the regulations issued by the Federal Election Commission (FEC). I know. I served as an FEC Commissioner. If getting dirt on an opponent were a “thing of value,” then any adverse information...
  • Clinton campaign broke election laws with dossier author payment, lawsuit claims

    06/19/2019 5:12:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2019 | Rowan Scarborough
    A conservative nonprofit has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Hillary Clinton campaign of violating election laws when it paid British citizen Christopher Steele to gather Kremlin-provided political dirt on candidate Donald Trump. Though not stated outright, the lawsuit argues that Democrats violated an admonition issued last week by Federal Election Commission Chairman Ellen L. Weintraub. She decreed that political campaigns cannot accept “anything of value” from foreign nationals. The lawsuit from The Coolidge Reagan Foundation says the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee accepted something of a value from a foreign national, Mr. Steele, in the form of Kremlin...
  • Trump Ignites "Foreign Meddling" Controversy [semi-satire]

    06/15/2019 1:27:02 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 June 2019 | John Semmens
    President Trump's open-minded response to a hypothetical question posed by ABC's George Stephanopoulos unleashed a fire-storm of pious denunciations from Democrats and the media. Stephanopoulos asked Trump whether he would listen to any "dirt" on a political opponent if it were offered by a foreign government. Trump said "yes. Suppose, for example, that Norway wanted to tell me something unsettling about a person in our government or running for office. I think I'd listen and maybe pass on this information to the FBI if I thought it warranted their attention." Loser of the 2016 presidential election Hillary Clinton pounced on...
  • Following Trump’s Comments, FEC Chair Clarifies Law on Foreign Contributions to Election Campaigns

    06/13/2019 5:39:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    https://www.newsweek.com ^ | June 13, 2019 | Chris Morran
    Following President Donald Trump's comments earlier this week that he would be willing to accept information about his political opponents even if were provided to his campaign by a foreign government, the chair of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has publicly released a statement reminding everyone that doing so would be "illegal."
  • FEC chair responds to Trump saying he'd accept foreign intel on opponent: 'It is illegal'

    06/13/2019 6:10:38 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 143 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/13/19 | Rebecca Klar
    Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub said Thursday it is illegal to accept foreign assistance during elections after President Trump publicly suggested he would accept foreign intelligence on opponents. "I would not have thought that I needed to say this," Weintraub tweeted Thursday with her statement. "Let me make something 100 percent clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election," Weintraub said. In an interview with ABC News Wednesday, Trump suggested he...
  • Former FEC Chair: First Amendment Responsible For More ‘Violent Hate Crimes’ Than Terrorism

    05/23/2019 9:14:13 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/23/2019 | Rudy Takala
    "A libertarian interpretation” of the First Amendment is responsible for more “violent hate crime” in the United States than terrorism, a former Federal Election Commission chair claimed Thursday. “The libertarian interpretation of the 1st Amendment has permitted a huge spike in violent hate crimes in the US – many more than foreign attacks,” former FEC Chair Ann Ravel wrote on Twitter. el linked to a story noting a statistic from the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League, which found that 78% of the 50 U.S. murders related to extremism in 2018 were carried out by white supremacists. The story also noted the FBI...
  • FBI Opens Campaign Finance Investigation Into Trump Donor Cindy Yang Over $5,400 Donation

    05/10/2019 6:47:02 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10 May, 2019 | Cristina Laila
    Apparently the FBI springs into action over a $5,400 donation that may have come from China only because it concerns Donald Trump. The Democrats are weaving a new scandal as the Russian collusion delusion dies — China — the Dems will push a new narrative about Chinese influence over Trump as he battles them on trade. The FBI subpoenaed records on Tuesday related to a $5,400 donation (the maximum allowed) to Trump’s 2020 campaign from a woman named Bing Bing Peranio, a receptionist at one of Cindy Yang’s massage parlors. The Miami Herald reported that feds are looking into whether...
  • PAC behind Ocasio-Cortez’s victory facing backlash (money MO under investigation)

    04/07/2019 7:41:05 AM PDT · by Liz · 15 replies
    NYPOST.COM ^ | 4/6/19 | Isabel Vincent
    A controversial PAC that helped propel AOC to Congress, is under fire from other progressives. David Hildebrand planned a grassroots campaign against incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and sought them out. But he said they muscled him out of the race, choosing a female candidate to run in last June’s primary against Feinstein. “I had support in my community and was nominated by many people. When Hildebrand asked Justice Democrats why they were backing a former school teacher and campaign finance reform activist, they said they needed a woman up against Feinstein. “Their process is allegedly one where candidates are nominated...
  • BETO O’ROURKE PAID HIS AND HIS WIFE’S COMPANY $110,000 IN CAMPAIGN FUNDS

    04/03/2019 8:40:07 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    EL PASO, Texas — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke paid roughly $110,000 in campaign funds to a web development company while either he or his wife owned it, public records show. Beto for Texas paid Stanton Street Technology Group $58,544 during the 2011-12 election cycle, $39,060 during the 2013-14 cycle, $9,290 in the 2015-16 cycle and $32,778 during the 2017-18 cycle, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Either O’Rourke or his wife owned Stanton Street — a small web development firm that O’Rourke founded in 1998 — during the vast majority of...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit with FEC complaint for alleged 'subsidy scheme'

    04/03/2019 6:49:05 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 3, 2019 | Andrew Keiper
    EXCLUSIVE -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been hit with another Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint, this one alleging she and her campaign manager operated a “subsidy scheme” that ran afoul of campaign finance laws. The crux of the complaint, which was given exclusively to Fox News in advance of its filing Wednesday, accused Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, of overseeing a "shadowy web" of political action committees (PACs) that allowed them to raise more cash than they could have legally.
  • Bernie Sanders' hiring of non-American campaign advisers may violate federal election laws

    03/23/2019 4:57:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/23/19 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Bernie Sanders was hit a complaint this week, claiming his presidential campaign violated federal election laws by employing non-Americans in advisery positions. A new complaint by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) notes that three members of the Sanders campaign are foreign nationals, which appears to be a violation of federal election laws that prohibit foreign interference. Maria Belén Sisa, Sanders’ deputy national press secretary who joined the campaign last month, was among the staffers named in the complaint, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Sisa claims to be an illegal immigrant whose...
  • AOC quietly dropped from PAC leadership amid legal questions (soft-money in the socialist mix)

    03/19/2019 12:04:45 PM PDT · by Liz · 29 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 3/19/19 | Alana Goodman
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quietly dropped as co-manager of a political action committee last week, just days after campaign finance experts questioned whether her role with the outside group was legal. Justice Democrats, a federal PAC that helped Ocasio-Cortez get elected to Congress last year, quietly filed corporate paperwork removing Ocasio-Cortez as one of the group’s “governors” in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 15, the Daily Caller reported on Monday. The move came just days after campaign finance lawyers told the Daily Caller that Ocasio-Cortez’s position as a governor of Justice Democrats could be a legal conflict because the PAC also...
  • Cruz fined $35K by FEC for keeping voters in the dark about loans

    03/15/2019 12:49:50 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 15, 2019 | Tal Axelrod
    The Federal Exchange Commission (FEC) fined Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) $35,000 for failing to accurately disclose loans to his 2012 Senate bid from Citibank and Goldman Sachs. The fine stems from a 2016 complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center (CLC) over a loans totaling $1,064,000. The FEC found that Cruz’s reporting violated a campaign finance statute.
  • "Onward Together” Inside Hillary’s Latest Political Tax Scandal

    03/12/2019 10:30:13 AM PDT · by bitt · 4 replies
    coreysdigs.com ^ | 2/14/2019 | admin
    Most people are aware that “Onward Together” is a political organization to raise funds for the Democratic party, but what they don’t realize, is the fact that this tax-exempt 501(c)(4) is operating ILLEGALLY, on multiple levels. IRS laws, FEC documents, and Onward Together’s tax return create one heck of a recipe, burning for an investigation. Not only does Onward Together require scrutiny, it’s partner organizations need a closer look as well. Perhaps “Back Together” would have been more apropos, since Hillary Clinton got the band back together to form this tax-exempt political scandal. Even Huma Abedin is on the payroll....
  • Pro-Jeb Bush super PAC fined for accepting foreign donations

    03/11/2019 10:51:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 12, 2019 | Brian Slodysko
    The Federal Election Commission is fining a super PAC that supported former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush for accepting over $1.3 million in illegal donations from Chinese nationals. The Right to Rise super political action committee was fined $390,000 for soliciting the foreign contributions during the 2016 campaign. American Pacific International Capital, a Chinese-owned company, was fined $550,000 for giving the donation. …
  • Jeb Bush Super PAC Hit with Massive FEC Fine For Donations From Chinese Corporation

    03/11/2019 6:04:53 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    GP ^ | March 11,2019 | Cristina Laila
    Full Title JUST IN: Jeb Bush Super PAC Hit with Massive FEC Fine For Accepting $1.3 Million in Illegal Donations From Chinese Corporation The Intercept has determined that a corporation owned by a Chinese couple made a major donation to Jeb Bush’s Super PAC Right to Rise USA — and it did so after receiving detailed advice from Charlie Spies, arguably the most important Republican campaign finance lawyer in American politics. The Spies memo was dated February 19, 2015. One month later, American Pacific International Capital Inc., a California corporation owned by Gordon Tang and Huaidan Chen, a married couple...