“Trump, Pelosi, and other fundraising juggernauts just got put on notice by the feds that they could be breaking the law with their spammy ‘5x match’ fundraising gimmicks”

Dave Levinthal for Business Insider: But this wildly popular — and demonstrably bogus — fundraising gimmick could soon be dead. That’s because the Department of Justice on Monday indicated that fraudulent “match” solicitations were one of several misdeeds that factored into … Continue reading

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“Chinese businessman with links to Steve Bannon is driving force for a sprawling disinformation network, researchers say”

WaPo: A sprawling online network tied to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui has become a potent platform for disinformation in the United States, attacking the safety of coronavirus vaccines, promoting false election-fraud claims and spreading baseless QAnon conspiracies, according to research published Monday … Continue reading

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“McCarthy after ousting Cheney: ‘I don’t think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election'”

Politico: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday papered over the significant skepticism of the 2020 presidential election within the GOP just hours after his conference deposed Rep. Liz Cheney for criticizing fellow Republicans over that very issue.“I don’t think … Continue reading

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“Despite GOP rhetoric, there have been fewer than two dozen charged cases of voter fraud since the election; One person has faced charges for every 10 million votes cast”

WaPo: Those incidents: Thurman, above.A man and woman from Austin who allegedly tried to vote in Illinois by claiming residence in that state. It’s not clear whether they obtained ballots.A man in Lisle, Ill., who allegedly signed a ballot certification with someone else’s name.A … Continue reading

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Analysis: Facebook Oversight Board’s Decision Upholding Trump Suspension But Requiring Facebook to Reconsider “Indefinite” Suspension Is Good, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough in Requiring Trump to Abandon Claims of Stolen Election for Platform Restoration

Facebook’s Oversight Board has issued its long-anticipated decision on whether Facebook was correct in removing Trump from the platform given his statements supporting the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021. The Board determined that Facebook was correct: “In maintaining an … Continue reading

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