“U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms”

WaPo: The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the Kremlin’s operations against the United States are not cost-free.The strike … Continue reading

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“US Supreme Court Won’t Take Challenge To Montana Campaign Finance Law”

Montana Public Radio: Montana’s 2015 campaign finance law survived its biggest test Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, declined to take up a case challenging the state’s Disclose Act. The high court leaves in place a lower court’s ruling that Montana’s so-called ‘Disclose … Continue reading

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In #NC09 Election Hearing, Mark Harris’s Lawyers in Potential Trouble for Not Turning over Relevant (and Damaging) Emails and Other Subpoenaed Material

NCSBE attorney @josh_lawson says the documents were specifically mentioned in the subpoena and within its scope. Lawson- "we have been aware of those documents that have never been produced for quite some time." #NC09— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) February 21, 2019 … Continue reading

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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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