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  • DeSantis courts donors for new political group after tensions flared among allies

    11/27/2023 10:36:08 AM PST · by backpacker_c · 13 replies
    abcnews ^ | Nov 27, 2023 | Will McDuffie, Hannah Demissie
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will meet this week with high-dollar Republicans to try to cement their support for the newest political action committee supporting his presidential bid, his campaign manager, James Uthmeier, wrote in a memo on Monday morning. Back Down, the super PAC which has bankrolled much of DeSantis' sprawling ground work in early voting states like Iowa and has hosted the governor for dozens of events there. In a fraught moment earlier this month that was first reported by NBC News, two board members from Never Back Down nearly got into a physical fight during a private meeting...
  • FEC complaint alleges coordinated disinformation campaign from Biden's 2020 run

    11/10/2023 2:49:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/10/23 | Fred Lucas
    An alleged campaign finance violation could ensnare Secretary of State Antony Blinken and 51 former senior intelligence officials who asserted without evidence in 2020 that the Hunter Biden laptop was Russian disinformation. America First Legal, a conservative organization run by former Donald Trump White House aide Stephen Miller, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in late October, alleging a "coordinated communication" and an unreported in-kind contribution to the Joe Biden presidential campaign and related entities, in violation of federal law. "[The] evidence suggests that the respondents failed to disclose coordinated expenditures constituting in-kind donations with respect to the...
  • EXCLUSIVE new statement from @MAGAIncWarRoom spox @kleavittnh : “Ron DeSantis has already delivered a political hat trick today and it’s not even lunch time. The only problem? All three goals were scored on himself.

    08/08/2023 1:41:12 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    Twitter ^ | 8/8/23 | Daniel Baldwin
    EXCLUSIVE new statement from @MAGAIncWarRoom spox @kleavittnh : “Ron DeSantis has already delivered a political hat trick today and it’s not even lunch time. The only problem? All three goals were scored on himself. His New Hampshire campaign free fall has left him tied with Chris Christie in single digits, he fired his campaign manager after singing her praises at a recent event, and the FEC sent a notice to the DeSantis campaign that it improperly designated $2.6 million of donations as primary funds. That means that DeSantis actually started the quarter with $6.4 million to spend on the primary...
  • $60 Million Refund Request Shows Financial Pressure on Trump From Legal Fees

    07/30/2023 1:38:41 PM PDT · by thegagline · 49 replies
    DNYUZ ^ | 07/29/2023 | Staff
    The political action committee that has been paying former President Donald J. Trump’s legal fees requested a refund on a $60 million contribution it made to the super PAC supporting the Republican front-runner, according to two people familiar with the matter.The decision of Mr. Trump’s political team to ask for a refund of money that was meant to help his 2024 campaign, and was instead diverted to an account paying his legal bills, is extraordinary. It reflects the choice to spend precious donor cash on lawyers rather than on television advertising in the early months.It is unclear how much money...
  • AOC's campaign keeps paying Chinese foreign agent, FEC filings show

    07/28/2023 5:45:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/23 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign has continued pushing campaign cash to a Chinese foreign agent, filings reviewed by Fox News Digital show. The New York Democrat's campaign paid $442 to Sing Tao Newspapers May 25 for print advertisements, according to her campaign's records. While a small expense, Ocasio-Cortez's committee appears to be the only one to place advertisements in the paper during the second quarter. Her campaign previously sent $5,000 to the company for the same purpose. Sing Tao U.S. is a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based Sing Tao News Corporation Ltd. In August 2021, the Justice Department required the Chinese-owned...
  • Why desantis has waited to declare he's running for president, and how he's committing campaign fraud.

    05/21/2023 3:21:32 PM PDT · by backpacker_c · 135 replies
    Friends of ron desantis was a soft money pac created to seek donations and fund his re-election for governor. This pac was also what desantis has planned on using, to illegally convert and use to fund his run for president. FEC campaign laws say it is illegal to convert state level campaign donations to use in federal offices, and regulations concerning limits and fund raising for federal offices are stricter than many states. desantis appears to have deliberately lied and hidden his intent to run for president, and delayed any announcement, in part to avoid FEC campaign laws regarding running...
  • DeSantis’ former state political committee transfers $82.5 million to allied super PAC

    06/13/2023 12:45:18 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Published 2:04 PM EDT, Tue June 13, 2023 | Steve Contorno
    The Florida political committee once controlled by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis transferred $82.5 million last month to a super PAC supporting his presidential campaign, according to information posted to the committee’s website. The shift of the funds has been anticipated ever since DeSantis entered the race with tens of millions of dollars left over from his 2022 reelection bid. However, the move nevertheless makes official an unprecedented effort by DeSantis allies to test the limits of campaign finance laws to benefit a presidential contender. The Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group, has already filed a complaint with the Federal Election...
  • 'Ron DeSantis raked in big money for his re-election' - article details illegal transfer of soft money to neverbackdown pac

    05/26/2023 4:15:53 AM PDT · by backpacker_c · 52 replies
    Nbcnews ^ | May 24, 2023 | Ben Kamisar
    The governor's state political committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, had at least $86 million in the bank at the end of April. Federal Election Commission rules state that “a candidate’s authorized (federal) committee may not accept funds or assets transferred from a committee established by the same candidate for a nonfederal election campaign.” But DeSantis' political operation will direct that money to his supportive super PAC thanks to a gray area of federal campaign finance law. It's even possible that a transfer has already taken place, but it would not be made public until the end of the month under...
  • Former FEC Commissioner: Alvin Bragg Has Zero Authority to Enforce Federal Campaign Finance Laws Against Trump or Anyone Else

    04/23/2023 5:49:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Red State ^ | 04/23/2023 | Mike Miller
    As the machinations continue between Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and former President Donald Trump over Bragg’s allegation that Trump broke multiple federal campaign finance laws, a former commissioner of the Federal Election Committee asserts that Bragg lacks the authority to go after Trump.If true, the development makes Bragg look even more like a partisan hack than the TDS-riddled prosecutor has made himself look, assuming that’s possible.As reported by Just the News, legal expert Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Election Law Reform Initiative, argues that Bragg is going after Trump for alleged federal election crimes that...
  • Manhattan DA has no authority 'to enforce federal campaign finance crimes': ex-FEC commissioner

    04/22/2023 11:08:13 PM PDT · by CFW · 12 replies
    Just the News ^ | 4/22/23 | Nick Givas
    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's case against former President Donald Trump is legally "dubious" and motivated by political ambition, alleges legal expert Hans von Spakovsky. "It's an extremely dubious prosecution, and I say that as a former commissioner on the Federal Election Commission," he told Just The News. Von Spakovsky, the manager of the conservative Heritage Foundation's Election Law Reform Initiative, said Bragg is going after Trump for alleged federal election crimes that are not within his jurisdiction. "No local state prosecutor has the authority to enforce federal campaign finance crimes in the first place," he explained. "There's just nothing...
  • AOC Concealed Thousands In Campaign Spending, Ethics Complaint Alleges

    04/17/2023 5:21:16 PM PDT · by CFW · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/17/23 | Jennifer Taer
    Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez concealed thousands of dollars in campaign spending, an ethics complaint exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation alleges. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint cites more than $9,600 in reported campaign credit card expenditures that lacked information on the purpose of the charges. Dan Backer filed the complaint on behalf of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that’s levied similar complaints. “This Complaint arises from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s repeated, blatant violations of federal campaign finance law to conceal how she spent thousands of dollars of campaign funds. On numerous occasions throughout 2022,...
  • FEC Commissioner Undermines Entire Manhattan Prosecution, The Trump-Daniels NDA Is Not an Election Campaign Violation

    04/07/2023 7:08:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    If the other substantive weaknesses in the politically constructed Manhattan case against Donald Trump do not lead to a pre-trial dismissal, this one should collapse it.The Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) explicitly states the payments by President Trump to Stormy Daniels are not an election campaign violation.WASHINGTON DC – A key member of the Federal Election Commission today rejected the Manhattan district attorney’s indictment of former President Donald Trump as a violation of federal election laws.“It’s not a campaign finance violation. It’s not a reporting violation of any kind,” said FEC Commissioner James E. “Trey” Trainor. In trying...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Is this the smoking gun? Letter from Michael Cohen claiming Donald Trump did NOT reimburse him for hush money paid to Stormy Daniels appears to fly in the face of the star witness's grand jury testimony

    03/22/2023 4:16:12 PM PDT · by Mariner · 96 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | March 22nd, 2023 | By Josh Boswell For
    Michael Cohen claimed he was not reimbursed by Donald Trump or his organization for hush money payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels in a 2018 letter to federal authorities, contradicting his recent grand jury testimony,The bombshell document, exclusively obtained by, could throw a wrench in the works of prosecutors pursuing criminal charges against Trump over the payments.Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and the star witness in the case over which Trump reportedly faces imminent arrest, claims that Trump got him to pay $130,000 to Daniels to keep her quiet about her alleged affair with the real estate mogul, just days...
  • Trump-Stormy Daniels settlement at heart of potential NY DA indictment didn't violate campaign law: FEC expert

    03/19/2023 7:50:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/18/23 | Aaron Kliegman
    Prosecutors in the Manhattan district attorney's office won't have much of a legal leg to stand on if they indict former President Donald Trump on violating campaign finance law, according to a legal expert and former member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC). "If the state charges are based on a supposed violation of federal campaign finance law, then the Manhattan DA is way off base," Hans von Spakovsky told Fox News Digital. Von Spakovsky's comments came shortly after Trump said Saturday that he expects to be arrested Tuesday amid reports saying the Manhattan district attorney's office is preparing to...
  • So when is the FEC going to fine the WaPo, the NYT and all the other media outlets that bury stories or post false ones to influence elections?

    02/09/2023 6:46:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2023 | Jack Hellner
    The National Enquirer was fined $187,500 by the Federal Election commission for squelching a story about Donald Trump because they said it was a prohibited in-kind contribution to influence an election. Here's the story from the Associated Press:National Enquirer, caught in ‘catch-and-kill’ scandal, soldThe National Enquirer, the scandal-plagued tabloid that engaged in “catch-and-kill” practices to bury stories about Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, has been sold.The Federal Election Commission fined a360 Media $187,500 in June 2021 for squashing the McDougal story. The FEC said the publisher’s “payment to Karen McDougal to purchase a limited life story right combined with...
  • Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw Hit with $42K Fine for Campaign Finance Violations by FEC

    12/04/2022 5:35:04 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/04/2022 | Jacob Bliss
    Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw’s (TX) campaign committee received a hefty fine from the Federal Election Commission after he failed to properly return hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions. After being referred to the Office of General Counsel by the Federal Election Commission’s Reports Analysis Division, the Texas Republican was fined $42,000 for failing to give back $223,460.26 in illegal donations from the 2020 election cycle, court documents showed.
  • Lincoln Project, The Movie: The documentary that will rock the nation to its core!

    09/12/2022 9:47:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2022 | David Strom
    Get ready to be blown away. You are about to be treated to a real life story of heroes working tirelessly to Save Democracy and restore normalcy to American politics.Yes, Showtime has taken a deep dive into the wild world of politics to bring you a documentary that will rivet the nation from now until the end of time: Lincoln Project, The Movie.No, I am not kidding. They made a 5 part documentary about the Lincoln Project.It promises to be riveting stuff. Listen to what the producers have to say about it:“There has never been a super PAC that has...
  • 'Incredibly ironic': Look whose presidential campaign gets fined for taking illegal action

    08/31/2022 12:05:45 AM PDT · by ToxicMasculinity · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 8/30/22 | Gabe Kaminsky
    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns are being fined thousands after unlawfully hiring illegal aliens for top staffer roles, according to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruling obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. The Aug 11. ruling, which is not yet public, concluded both Sanders’ campaigns broke federal law after “knowingly” employing three “foreign national” staffers from Mexico and Argentina who participated in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Both campaigns have agreed to pay an FEC penalty...
  • Biden Files to Run Again in 2024 — or Does He?

    08/30/2022 12:02:57 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | AUG 30, 2022 1:31 PM ET | ROBERT SPENCER
    It’s official, maybe: Old Joe Biden has thrown his aviator sunglasses into the ring for the 2024 presidential election. The Independent reported Tuesday that “President Joe Biden has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to establish himself as a candidate for re-election in 2024. A ‘Statement of Organization’ submitted to the FEC on Tuesday registered ‘Biden for President’ as the principal campaign committee for candidates Joseph R Biden Jr and Kamala Harris.” As with so very many things coming out of the Biden White House, however, this filing is shrouded in confusion and not nearly as straightforward as the...
  • JUST IN: Joe Biden Files to Run for Re-Election in 2024

    08/30/2022 9:22:45 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 78 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/302011 | Jackson Richman
    Any bets on him winning? 🙂