Center for Public Integrity Does Deep Dive into Donald Trump’s Campaign Fundraising Machine

Donald Trump created a permanent presidential campaign. Here’s how. – Center for Public Integrity Sidebar: https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/donald-trump-army-super-pacs-maga-nonprofits/ Inside Donald Trump’s army of super PACs and MAGA nonprofits – Center for Public Integrity Poll: https://publicintegrity.org/federal-politics/elections/center-for-public-i Center for Public Integrity/Ipsos poll: How should presidential campaigns … Continue reading

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“Unqualified Ambassadors” (New Piece on Connection of Ambassadorships to Campaign Contributions)

Ryan Scoville has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming Duke Law Journal). Here is the abstract: In making appointments to the office of ambassador, U.S. presidents often select political supporters from outside the ranks of the State Department’s professional diplomatic corps. This … Continue reading

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North Carolina Poll Worker Pleads Guilty to Advising Noncitizen to Register and Vote; DOJ Press Release Misleadingly Refers to Worker as a “Board of Elections Election Official”

The DOJ press release headline refers to the worker as a “Board of Elections Election Official” but that seems incorrect. From an earlier HuffPost piece: The sole U.S. citizen facing charges ― Denslo Allen Paige, a 66-year-old Walmart worker who … Continue reading

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“NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Targeted in Congressional Inquiry Into Illegal Campaign Coordination”

The Trace: A joint congressional inquiry is demanding that National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hand over internal documents showing whether the NRA made “illegal, excessive, and unreported in-kind donations” to the campaigns of Donald Trump and several GOP Senate … Continue reading

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Potentially Bad News for Trump and Trump Organization: SDNY Still Investigating Michael Cohen for Campaign Finance Crimes

Potentially a big deal here: “In particular, the Government represents that aspects of its investigation remains ongoing, including those pertaining to or arising from Cohen’s campaign finance crimes.”A bad sentence for Individual 1 and the Trump Org execs who hatched … Continue reading

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“Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Compete To Spurn Establishment Cash”

Peter Overby for NPR: As Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand jumped into the Democratic presidential nomination contest, they staked out the same position against corporate campaign cash.“The money in politics is corrupting. It controls everything,” Gillibrand told a gathering in Des Moines, … Continue reading

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“New ‘Testing the Waters’ Report Examines How Presidential Candidates Ignore Campaign Finance Laws & Regulators Let Them”

Release: Today, Common Cause released a new report on the many ways presidential candidates bend and break campaign finance laws as they barnstorm early primary states, fundraise, evade contributions limits, and build their campaign teams while denying they are running … Continue reading

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“Disinformation campaign targeting Roy Moore’s Senate bid may have violated law, Alabama attorney general says”

WaPo: Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday that his office is exploring whether disinformation tactics deployed against Republican Roy Moore during last year’s special election violated state campaign laws and said he was worried that the operation could have … Continue reading

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“Janus Unleashed; In 2018, SCOTUS went after public-sector unions. Next up: a case that could decide the fate of public election financing.”

Mark Joseph Stern for Slate: Last Monday, the Washington Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Seattle’s “democracy vouchers,” an innovative public financing scheme that’s already spreading to other cities. The measure has already allowed more young people, women, racial minorities, and low-income voters to contribute to … Continue reading

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North Carolina: “‘Do u care who u vote for?’ 2016 investigation found evidence of ballot harvesting”

News and Observer: McCrae Dowless, a Bladen County elected official and political operative, paid workers to collect absentee ballots and return them to him before the 2016 election, witnesses told state board of election investigators, according to documents released Wednesday afternoon. The … Continue reading

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Remember “American/Western Tradition Partnership” Involved in Montana Elections in Case that Went to SCOTUS? Looks Like the National Right to Work Committee Was Secretly Behind It, Violating Montana Campaign Finance Laws

Montana Free Press: Thousands of newly uncovered documents and recently filed court records bolster already mounting evidence tying the anti-union National Right to Work Committee to the political activities of conservative nonprofit groups accused of improperly coordinating Republican legislative primary … Continue reading

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