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  • Alan Dershowitz: Michael Cohen ‘Pleading Guilty to a Crime that Doesn’t Exist

    08/23/2018 4:34:29 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 August 2018 | Robert Craychick
    Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, is “pleading guilty to a crime that doesn’t exist” to further Democrats’ plans to impeach the president. He offered his analysis during a Wednesday interview with Breitbart Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight. “I don’t think there’s an impeachable offense,” said Dershowitz. “I believe you need to have a specific crime — treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors — and none of the things that [Michael] Cohen pleaded guilty to would rise to that level or even...
  • Did President Trump violate campaign finance laws?

    08/23/2018 2:10:01 PM PDT · by TBP · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22,2018 | Alan Dershowitz
    A few things are clear. A candidate is free to contribute to his or her own campaign. It also is not criminal for a candidate to pay hush money to women whose disclosures might endanger his campaign. So if candidate Trump paid hush money to his two accusers, there would be no violation of any campaign or other laws. To be sure, if he did so for the purpose of helping his campaign — as distinguished from helping his marriage — his campaign would have to disclose any such contribution, and failure to do so might be a violation of...
  • Levin: No, Cohen’s hush money payments are NOT ‘campaign finance violations’

    08/22/2018 6:48:34 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 33 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/22/18 | USA Features
    In the clear: Once again, official Washington is all aflutter over the prospect of “getting POTUS Trump” after special counsel Robert Mueller got eight of 18 convictions against former campaign manager Paul Manafort and a guilty plea from Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer. While news of both legal developments hitting on the same day may seem like a big blow against POTUS Trump, especially the claim that Cohen’s hush money payments to a former porn star and Playboy bunny at the direction of his former top client could amount to campaign finance violations, talk host and author Mark...
  • Obama Campaign Fined Big for Hiding Donors, Keeping Illegal Donations

    08/21/2018 2:49:50 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 35 replies
    US News ^ | Jan 7, 2013 | Seth Cline
    Barack Obama's presidential campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for violating federal disclosure laws, Politico reports. An FEC audit of Obama for America's 2008 records found the committee failed to disclose millions of dollars in contributions and dragged its feet in refunding millions more in excess contributions. The resulting fine, one of the largest ever handed down by the FEC, is the result of a failure to disclose or improperly disclosing thousands of contributions to Obama for America during the then-senator's 2008 presidential run, documents show....
  • Media's Double Standard Concerns for 'Campaign Finance Laws'

    07/24/2018 8:03:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2018 | Marina Medvin
    For the past few days, the media has been abuzz with the potential evidence that Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws with a buyout of the rights to a story of an affair he had a decade prior to the election. But what about Hillary Clinton's potential campaign finance law violations, where are the Big Media stories about that? For the past seven months, a complaint with the FEC has been pending, alleging a campaign finance law violation by a Hillary Clinton authorized campaign committee. Known as the Hillary Victory Fund, or HVF, the committee collected and then allegedly laundered $84...
  • Are Drug Cartels Funding Democrats' Campaigns?

    07/23/2018 4:34:31 AM PDT · by Saveourcountry · 29 replies
    Why are Democrats so pro open borders and pro-crime? It stands to reason to me that the cartels must be funding their campaigns. It goes further than just getting more illegals to vote. They are actually anti law inforcement, anti ICE, and pro every kind of crime and open borders. Who really benefits? Follow the money.
  • Dinesh D'Souza and Rosie O'Donnell FEC violations different

    06/07/2018 4:05:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Politifact ^ | 06/07/2018 | Manuela Tobias
    Backlash to President Donald Trump’s pardon of Dinesh D’Souza caused complaints of a double standard among conservatives. In an interview with the Austin American-Statesman, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told the reporter that D’Souza faced political persecution for a crime liberal comedian Rosie O’Donnell had committed five-fold. (Cruz also claimed credit for the pardon and called D’Souza his friend.) "What’s interesting is, just a few weeks ago we saw revelations that Rosie O’Donnell apparently committed the same offense five times, five times, when she broke the identical law that Dinesh was prosecuted for," Cruz said. "I don’t recall any of those...
  • Stormy Daniels: The Crime and the Cover-Up (Did Trump Violate Campaign Finance Laws?)

    03/29/2018 9:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/29/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    Would a $130,000 payment to buy a porn star’s silence violate campaign-finance laws? Greetings from beautiful Orange County. We’re getting ready for the second of two Golden State events (we were in San Francisco yesterday), part of National Review Institute’s celebration of Bill Buckley’s legacy a decade after his passing.For me, the road trip is tacked on to a longer-than-usual vacation. It has ended up being the longest break I have taken from writing in many years — maybe since I started writing full time 15 years ago. I am grateful for the time to think at length about things...
  • The MSM IS the DNC -- isn't it breaking election/campaign financing laws?

    02/02/2018 10:27:34 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 55 replies
    2/2/18
    Yes, most of the MSM has always been to the left, but there used to be some daylight between the two. In the last 5 to 10 years, though, it's simply merged with the DNC. Right now much of the time, you can't even tell the MSM's "straight news" on Trump and politics from opinion pieces. Even before seeing the classified memo, the MSM were calling its release "political" and defending Dems. They automatically take the DNC position, and that includes when they pushed the DNC line on "Russia" and pushes for Trump's impeachment though Mueller investigation has uncovered nothing.
  • The Anatomy Of Hillary Clinton's $84 Million Money-Laundering Scheme

    12/27/2017 4:35:32 AM PST · by Dana1960 · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/26/17 | Dan Backer
    In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of my client, Alabama engineer Shaun McCutcheon, in his challenge to the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) outdated "aggregate limits," which effectively limited how many candidates any one donor could support. Anti-speech liberals railed against McCutcheon's win, arguing it would create supersized "Joint Fundraising Committees" (JFCs). In court, they claimed these JFCs would allow a single donor to cut a multimillion-dollar check, and the JFC would then route funds through dozens of participating state parties, who would then funnel it back to the final recipient. Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer claimed the Supreme...
  • The Fight Against Another Progressive Attack On The First Amendment

    08/07/2017 8:19:17 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 6, 2017 | George Leef
    The First Amendment gets in the way of many “progressive” goals and you often hear them say, “Sure I’m in favor of free speech, but…..” There are so many possible “buts” to complete that sentence that the First Amendment would by now just be lifeless words on parchment if it weren’t for vigilant defenders. One of those “progressive” goals is to make politics more fair by taking out private funding as much as possible. Recently the city of Seattle, fresh from curing poverty with its $15 per hour minimum wage, decided to clean up politics with what it terms its...
  • Mayor de Blasio fined over $47G for violating campaign finance regulations

    12/15/2016 8:46:15 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | Dec. 15, 2016 | JENNIFER FERMINO
    Mayor de Blasio was hit with over $47,000 in fines for violating campaign finance rules— including having his partially taxpayer-funded campaign pick up the tab for a makeup artist for his family and a six-figure payout to his buddy’s PR firm that appeared unwarranted. The huge sum is one of the highest fine amounts hit on any of the 2013 campaigns. The Campaign Finance Board, in a determination released Thursday, levied most of the $47,778 in fines against the mayor for what it called “impermissible” post-election spending. The $21,159 fine for that violation largely stems from a $168,750 payout to...
  • James O'Keefe: Rigging the Election – Video III: Creamer Confirms Hillary Clinton Involvement

    10/24/2016 9:40:34 AM PDT · by conservativepoet · 352 replies
    Part III of the undercover Project Veritas Action investigation dives further into the back room dealings of Democratic politics. It exposes prohibited communications between Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC and the non-profit organization Americans United for Change. And, it’s all disguised as a duck. In this video, several Project Veritas Action undercover journalists catch Democracy Partners founder directly implicating Hillary Clinton in FEC violations. “In the end, it was the candidate, Hillary Clinton, the future president of the United States, who wanted ducks on the ground,” says Creamer in one of several exchanges.
  • Leaked emails appear to show Clinton campaign illegally coordinating with Soros

    10/08/2016 12:02:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 8, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    You wouldn’t know it from the cable news crapstorm currently going on over Donald Trump’s 2006 bus ride with Billy Bush, but there was another Wikileaks document drop yesterday. While there’s plenty of material to dig through, the Daily Caller almost immediately highlighted one item which could involve a violation of the law on the part of the Clinton campaign. Super PACs and other outside groups spending big money on political advertising aren’t supposed to be coordinating with the campaigns they support, but at least one email exchange between Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and an organization run by Democrat...
  • Government reform groups slam Super PAC disclosure bill, claim it will ‘chill’ activism

    ALBANY - Government reform and other groups are urging Gov. Cuomo to veto or fix a bill requiring more disclosure by Super PACs and non-profit lobbying organizations... The bill would require Super PACs known as independent expenditure to disclose more about their donors... Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, charged that the bill "is intended to squash advocacy groups' opposition to government officials and actions." The Lawyers Alliance for New York and Family Planning Advocates said the bill could have unintended consequences. "The bill will affect (non-profit groups) and their donors, whose contributions have nothing to do with lobbying,"...
  • Clinton's State Dept. calendar missing scores of entries

    06/24/2016 4:22:04 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 65 replies
    AP ^ | 6/24/2016
    The AP review of Clinton's calendar — her after-the-fact, official chronology of the events of her four-year term — identified at least 75 meetings with longtime political donors and loyalists, Clinton Foundation contributors and corporate and other outside interests that were either not recorded or listed with identifying details scrubbed. The AP found the omissions by comparing the 1,500-page document with separate planning schedules supplied to Clinton by aides in advance of each day's events. The names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Clinton were missing from her calendar, the records show...
  • Trump’s deal with the RNC shows how big money is flowing back to the parties

    05/18/2016 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Innovative · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2016 | Matea Gold
    The deal Donald Trump struck with the Republican National Committee this week that allows wealthy supporters to give nearly $500,000 to finance his campaign and get-out-the-vote activities made it official: The parties are back in the big-money business. Fourteen years after a landmark campaign-finance overhaul clamped down on the flow of unregulated money to party coffers, both Republicans and Democrats are raising huge contributions again with gusto. Supporters of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton can rack up even higher totals because of her decision to launch a 32-state joint fundraising committee with the Democratic National Committee last fall. Between that fund...
  • US Rep. Chaka Fattah's corruption trial set to begin

    05/15/2016 9:57:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2016 12:50 AM EDT
    Opening statements are expected Monday in the federal corruption trial of a veteran Pennsylvania congressman. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah is accused of accepting bribes and misusing campaign funds and federal grants to enrich his family and friends. An indictment alleges the 59-year-old Fattah took an illegal $1 million campaign loan for his failed 2007 mayoral campaign and misused federal funds to pay it back. …
  • De Blasio Team Violated Campaign Finance Laws, Report Says

    04/23/2016 3:23:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2016 | WILLIAM NEUMAN and JESSE McKINLEY
    An investigation by the New York State Board of Elections found evidence of flagrant violations of campaign finance law by a team of people that Mayor Bill de Blasio created to raise money for Democrats running for the State Senate in 2014, according to a confidential board report. The board sent the report to Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, three months ago, prompting a criminal investigation into the fund-raising. The mayor’s Senate effort, which failed in its goal to wrest the legislative body from Republican control, has proved damaging to him in multiple ways. Democrats remained in...
  • The Left Isn't Against All Money in Politics--Just the Opposition's

    04/21/2016 5:03:48 AM PDT · by Benny Huang · 10 replies
    Freedom Daily ^ | April 21, 2016 | Benny Huang
    Four hundred protesters associated with the Democracy Spring movement were arrested in Washington, DC last week after demonstrators descended upon the US Capitol. They spoke out against money in politics, the Koch brothers, and the Citizens United ruling that overturned key provisions of campaign finance law. The demonstration was clearly a statement against corporate influence in politics. The protesters aren't entirely wrong. Yes, political influence is unequally distributed because money begets power and vice versa. A guy who changes oil for a living doesn't have as much pull as a guy who owns an oil company. But what can be...