In Cooperation Agreement with Government, National Enquirer Parent Company Admits It Made Payments to Trump’s Mistress to Influence the 2016 Presidential Election

From a DOJ release: The Office also announced today that it has previously reached a non-prosecution agreement with AMI, in connection with AMI’s role in making the above-described $150,000 payment before the 2016 presidential election.  As a part of the … Continue reading

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Blockbuster Must-Read from BuzzFeed: “Inside The North Carolina Republican Vote Machine: Cash, Pills — And Ballots”

BuzzFeed: The allegations that Republicans tampered with absentee ballots in a close North Carolina election represent the most serious federal election tampering case in years, one that allegedly stole votes from elderly black voters in the state’s rural south. Now two women intimately involved with McCrae … Continue reading

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North Dakota Ad Apparently Run By Democrats on Facebook Says Hunters Could Lose Out-of State Licenses by Voting in North Dakota; Controversy Shows Value of Disclosure

This is interesting. Also interesting: the use that is being made of Facebook’s disclosure requirements. Sure seems to me to be an argument for mandatory disclosure of campaign ads. Don’t voters want to know who is behind these messages. … Continue reading

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“New Issue One report highlights how Washington power players use leadership PAC contributions to buy access and influence in the 115th Congress”

Release via email: More than 500 leadership PACs operated by sitting members of Congress raised over $150 million so far this election cycle. Of this sum, more than 60 percent came from political action committees (PACs) connected to companies, trade … Continue reading

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“Democratic super PACs and other outside groups are poised to outspend their Republican counterparts by a wide margin, erasing an advantage Republicans planned on having.”

NYT: For the final two weeks of the election, Democratic campaigns and outside groups are on track to substantially outspend Republicans, strategists on both sides say. Democrats are set to spend $143 million on television advertising in House races, compared … Continue reading

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