150,000 Attempts on Election Day to Hack into South Carolina Voter Database

WSJ: To understand the scale of the hacking attempts against election systems in the 2016 presidential election, consider South Carolina. On Election Day alone, there were nearly 150,000 attempts to penetrate the state’s voter-registration system, according to a postelection report by the … Continue reading

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“White House releases sensitive personal information of voters worried about their sensitive personal information”

WaPo: The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social … Continue reading

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“More than 3,000 Colorado voters have canceled their registrations since Trump election integrity commission request”

Denver Post: Nearly 3,400 Coloradans canceled their voter registrations in the wake of the Trump administration’s request for voter info, the Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Thursday, providing the first statewide glimpse at the extent of the withdrawals. The 3,394 cancellations represent … Continue reading

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Republican FEC Commissioners Reject Comm’r Weintraub Proposal for Foreign Interference Rulemaking

Statement of reasons: The specter of any foreign government meddling in U.S. elections is an issue that we, like all Americans, take very seriously. Contributions and expenditures by foreign nationals in connection with U.S. elections are prohibited by the Federal … Continue reading

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“‘Pray there is no hell’: Critics are savaging Trump’s voter fraud panel via email”

Must-read Celeste Katz: When President Donald Trump’s “voter fraud panel” holds its first meeting on July 19, members of the public won’t be able to speak. Instead, the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, which has enraged and frightened plenty of Americans by requesting detailed … Continue reading

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9th Circuit 1980 Case: “Information,” “State Secrets,” “Information Obtained for Political Advantage” All “Things of Value”

This case presents a very different context than Donald Trump, Jr., but the discussion is instructive:   II. Sufficiency of the Indictment The indictment adequately charged Sheker with impersonating a federal officer to obtain a thing of value, within the meaning … Continue reading

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“Issue One statement on campaign finance related-riders in House Appropriations Committee markup of government funding bill”

Release: Remember when language buried on page 1,599 of the 2014 end-of-year spending bill, Cromnibus, dramatically expanded how much donors could inject into national parties? And the intended consequence that a single donor can now contribute up to $474,600 per year to … Continue reading

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