“Exclusive: Russians Appear to Use Facebook to Push Trump Rallies in 17 U.S. Cities”

Daily Beast: Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year’s election, The Daily Beast has learned. The demonstrations—at least one of which was promoted online by local pro-Trump activists— brought dozens … Continue reading

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“Russian Facebook Political Ad Buys During 2016 Election Draw DOJ & FEC Complaints”

Release: Today Common Cause filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that one or more unknown foreign nationals made expenditures, independent expenditures or disbursements in connection with the 2016 presidential … Continue reading

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“FEC Might Act on Russia-Linked Facebook Political Ads: Official”

Bloomberg BNA: The revelation that Russian sources financed political ads on Facebook in the 2016 presidential campaign could prompt enforcement action by the Federal Election Commission, agency Vice Chairwoman Caroline Hunter said. “It’s something we can and should deal with … Continue reading

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Today’s Must-Read in NYT: “Russian Election Hacking Efforts, Wider Than Previously Known, Draw Little Scrutiny”

NYT: After a presidential campaign scarred by Russian meddling, local, state and federal agencies have conducted little of the type of digital forensic investigation required to assess the impact, if any, on voting in at least 21 states whose election … Continue reading

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“Seattle candidate accused of defrauding first-in-nation democracy-voucher program”

Seattle Times: Seattle police are investigating a City Council campaign after an allegation that it tried to defraud Seattle’s first-in-the-nation, taxpayer-funded “democracy voucher” program. The police inquiry comes after a former campaign manager for Sheley Secrestwent to city elections officials to accuse … Continue reading

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Unanimous FEC Concludes Project Veritas Employee Likely Violated FEC Rules by Facilitating Foreign Contributions in Sting

Bloomberg BNA: An undercover operative for a conservative group likely violated rules against foreign campaign contributions while seeking to show Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was willing to break those same rules, the Federal Election Commission concluded. The FEC said in newly … Continue reading

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CA: “DA: Hackers Penetrated Voter Registrations in 2016 Through State’s Election Site”

KQED: Hackers successfully penetrated state-run online voter registration systems in 2016, triggering confusion and heated exchanges between voters, poll workers and poll watchers during California’s June 7 primary, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin said Friday. “I think that pretty … Continue reading

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Federal Court Affirms $1000 Fine Against Kris Kobach for Misleading Court on Voting Documents Presented to Trump

So reports Jonathan Shorman. Update: The district court’s opinion reviewing an earlier magistrate judge’s sanctions order against Kobach is here. Particularly noteworthy is the district court’s comment that SOS Kobach’s conduct “demonstrate a pattern” of misleading statements to the court … Continue reading

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Re Don Jr.: Federal Sentencing Guidelines Punish Campaign Finance Cooperation with Foreign Governments More Severely Than Foreign Nationals

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: As I explain in a forthcoming law review article, Dark Money as a Political Sovereignty Problem, the federal sentencing guidelines already make a distinction between  mere foreign nationals and members of foreign governments. The article states, “[t]he federal sentencing guidelines were … Continue reading

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