Today’s Must-Read (From Andy Kroll): “Documents Reveal Successful Cyberattack in California Congressional Race”

Rolling Stone:  FBI agents in California and Washington, D.C., have investigated a series of cyberattacks over the past year that targeted a Democratic opponent of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA). Rohrabacher is a 15-term incumbent who is widely seen as the most pro-Russia and pro-Putin … Continue reading

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Lots of Drama in West Virginia Over State Supreme Court Justices; Was Impeachment Timing Way for Republicans to Avoid Holding Election For Judicial Replacements?

See this thread: This is a BFD. The GOP-controlled legislature dragged its feet forvmonths on impeaching these justices to prevent their replacement by voters via special elections this fall. Missing today's deadline lets Republican Gov. Jim Justice appoint their replacements. … Continue reading

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“Nate McMurray doesn’t like ‘giant super PACs.’ But will they be his unlikely salvation?”

CPI: Then, on Wednesday, everything changed. That was the day the feds arrested Collins and charged him with securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI. McMurray’s phone blew up — with new friends, congressmen, aides to previously down-on-McMurray New York … Continue reading

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“PA James Announces Legislation to Close Loophole Allowing Foreign Contributions to NYC Political Campaigns”

Press release: Public Advocate Letitia James announced major new legislation designed to prevent foreign entities from circumventing New York City’s strict campaign finance laws through a loophole created by Citizens United. Introduced in the wake of substantial new evidence of a … Continue reading

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If Donald Trump Knew About the Meeting With Russians at Trump Tower, Would That Be a Campaign Finance Violation? It’s Complicated

Yesterday CNN reported: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources … Continue reading

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“Democrats Propose Making It Illegal To Spread False Election Information”; Some Thoughts on Constitutionality

HuffPost: Several congressional Democrats plan to introduce legislation Thursday that would make it a federal crime to knowingly and intentionally publish false information about elections. The legislation would criminalize knowingly spreading wrong information related to the time and place of elections … Continue reading

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“NSA and Cyber Command to coordinate actions to counter Russian election interference in 2018 amid absence of White House guidance”

WaPo: The head of the nation’s largest electronic spy agency and the military’s cyberwarfare arm has quietly directed the two organizations to coordinate actions to counter potential Russian interference in the 2018 midterm elections. The move, announced to staff at … Continue reading

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“Federal officials struggle to drag political ad rules into the internet age”

CPI: The American social media platforms Russian entities used to influence the 2016 presidential election are essentially attempting to regulate themselves, fearing a repeat during the 2018 midterms. Meanwhile, the federal government agency tasked with protecting U.S. elections from foreign meddling struggled on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Texas: “Democratic runoff winner: Voter fraud lawsuit is ‘pound of revenge’ in race for Joe Barton’s seat”

Star-Telegram: Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez wants an Ellis County court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging her 717-vote primary runoff win for the 6th Congressional District over Ruby Woolridge. She filed court records saying the lawsuit filed by Woolridge — which alleges Sanchez … Continue reading

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“National Enquirer sent stories about Trump to his attorney Michael Cohen before publication, people familiar with the practice say”

WaPo: During the presidential campaign, National Enquirer executives sent digital copies of the tabloid’s articles and cover images related to Donald Trump and his political opponents to Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen in advance of publication, according to three people with … Continue reading

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Breaking: FEC Refuses to Act on Complaint Donald Trump Used Campaign Resources for Personal Use

Statement from dissenting FEC Commissioner Weintraub: Trump hotels, Trump steaks, Trump water, Trump golf courses, Trump wine. The Complaint in this matter cites to an unprecedented catalog of candidate-branded products and properties used along the 2016 campaign trail. According to … Continue reading

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