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  • Dem lawmaker: Restaurant gave me free food to support fight against Trump policy (Ted Lieu)

    07/09/2018 10:57:38 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/09/18 | Justin Wise
    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Monday said a restaurant gave him free food because the owner "appreciated" what he was doing in his fight against President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. "My experience at restaurants: I ordered take out at a Greek restaurant," Lieu tweeted. "When I arrived, the owner saw me & threw in a free baklava (one of my favorite desserts). He said he appreciated what I was doing. I guess that's what happens when one opposes ripping kids away from parents." Lieu's tweet comes as he and many other lawmakers are pressuring the Trump administration to reunite...
  • Sorry, but hush money payments won't send Trump to prison

    12/16/2018 6:28:52 AM PST · by libstripper · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | Dec. 13, 2018 | Rich Lowry
    The most legally fraught part of the Russian “collusion” probe now revolves around payments to an American porn star. As of yet, instead of a dastardly scheme to participate with the Kremlin in the hacking of Democratic emails to subvert the election, prosecutors have uncovered a dastardly scheme to try to keep from the voters — as if they weren’t already aware — that Trump is a womanizer. * * * There are major legal obstacles to Trump’s prosecution. One is whether he had the requisite intent of violating the law, and here the standard is very high. The other...
  • Former election commissioner: Cohen and Trump didn't violate campaign finance law

    12/12/2018 11:02:51 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/12/18 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Trump-haters hoping the president’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, will provide the evidence needed to impeach the president and perhaps even “lock him up” are likely headed for a bitter disappointment. The Cohen guilty pleas are likely irrelevant to the fate of President Trump. That’s because in my judgment – as someone who served for two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission – the campaign finance law violations Cohen pleaded guilty to committing, allegedly at Donald Trump’s direction, aren’t really violations. If I’m right – that is, if Cohen didn’t really violate campaign finance law, despite his...
  • Flashback: Obama campaign to pay $375,000 fine for omitting some donor’s names in 2008

    12/12/2018 2:29:04 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 17 replies
    DNC vetted then released by The Washington Post and Mr Bezos ^ | Jan 4 2013 Yes, 2013 For those in Rio Linda that's almost 5 years ago | T.W. Farnam
    President Obama’s campaign has agreed to pay a $375,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission, among the largest penalties in the agency’s history. The fine was imposed after an audit of the campaign’s books showed that it failed to report the identities of donors who gave large checks in the weeks before the 2008 election, according to a copy of the agreement between the FEC and the president’s campaign. The document shows that the Obama campaign failed to disclose the identities of donors responsible for $2 million in contributions in the weeks ahead of the election. The campaign also misreported...
  • John Edwards' legal team opens defense

    12/11/2018 8:19:46 AM PST · by libstripper · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 14, 2012 | David Zucchino
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — After weeks of riveting and often salacious testimony about an extramarital affair and the elaborate lies that once kept it hidden, testimony in the John Edwards trial turned Monday to a more prosaic topic: campaign finance law. As Edwards' legal team opened his defense, the finance director for his failed 2008 presidential run testified that more than $900,000 from two wealthy benefactors was not reported as campaign contributions because it represented private gifts intended for personal expenditures. Lora Haggard, who supervised reporting to the Federal Election Commission, said the FEC told the Edwards campaign it was not...
  • [2012] John Edwards' Hush Money Was Not Illegal, FEC Told Campaign

    12/11/2018 8:03:03 AM PST · by libstripper · 12 replies
    Good Mprning America, via Yahoo ^ | May 14, 2012 | JAMES HILL, BETH LOYD and RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    After John Edwards was indicted, Federal Election Commission auditors determined that the hush money he received from wealthy donors to cover up a torrid affair did not need to be reported in the campaign's financial disclosure reports, his campaign's chief financial officer testified today. After three weeks of salacious testimony about Edwards' affair with mistress Rielle Hunter and the nearly $1 million collected to keep it quiet, Edwards' lawyers kicked off their defense focusing on the much less steamy intricacies of campaign finance law. After reviewing the campaign's financials for four years, the FEC determined last month that money Edwards'...
  • Stormy Weather for Campaign-Finance Laws

    12/10/2018 7:30:02 AM PST · by libstripper · 6 replies
    Wall Sttret Journal, via Outline ^ | April 10, 2018 | Bradlehy A. Smith
    When you stretch the law to “get” a political opponent, it’s rarely possible to return the law to its original shape. Which brings us to Stormy Daniels. * * * When the FEC adopted these regulations, it specifically rejected a rule under which campaign contributions could fund an expenditure “related to” a candidacy. The FEC was concerned that would make it too easy for candidates to use campaign funds for personal benefit. Personal debts, for example, are “related to” the campaign—if unpaid, the candidate’s reputation might suffer. A Rolex watch, a new suit, or a haircut might help a candidate...
  • Political Operative Convicted of Federal Campaign Finance Crimes in Two Congressional Campaigns

    12/03/2018 6:57:12 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 10 replies
    Justice.gov ^ | 12-3- | Justice.gov
    A jury sitting in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania convicted longtime political operative Kenneth Smukler, 58, of Villanova, Pennsylvania, today on charges of making and concealing illegal campaign contributions in two Congressional primary elections, and of obstructing justice in an investigation by the Federal Election Commission (FEC), announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “Today’s convictions demonstrate the Department of Justice’s commitment to ensuring a level playing field in the financing of federal elections,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “We will hold...
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley has some thoughts about Trump's attacks on federal judges

    11/21/2018 8:22:33 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 21 Nov 2018 | David Choi
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he had reservations about Chief Justice John Roberts' response to President Donald Trump's controversial characterization of a federal judge and the 9th District court, and suggested it was a hypocritical move based on Roberts' previous interactions with Trump's predecessor. "Chief Justice Roberts rebuked Trump for a comment he made [about a] judge's decision on asylum," Grassley said in a tweet on Wednesday. "I don't recall the Chief attacking Obama when that Prez rebuked Alito during a State of the Union." Grassley, the Judiciary Committee Chairman, appeared to be referencing a State of the...
  • Former U.S. Congressman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Extensive Fraud, Tax, and Election Crime

    11/08/2018 12:38:58 AM PST · by Future Useless Eater · 20 replies
    justice.gov ^ | November 7, 2018 | U.S. Department of Justice
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Former U.S. Congressman Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Extensive Fraud, Tax, and Election Crimes Scheme Former U.S. Congressman Stephen E. Stockman was sentenced today to serve 120 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,014,718.51 in restitution, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for orchestrating a four-year scheme to defraud charitable donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars and secretly to funnel the proceeds to pay for personal expenses and to illegally finance his campaigns for public office. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s...
  • Dem congressional candidates raise over $1B in record haul

    10/17/2018 6:14:32 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/18 | BRETT SAMUELS
    Democratic congressional candidates combined have raised more than $1 billion this election cycle, underscoring an investment in flipping control of the House and Senate in next months midterms. A Washington Post review of Federal Election Commission records found that Democratic candidates raised $1.06 billion through the end of September. The figure surpassed the previous high of roughly $900 million given to Republican congressional candidates in 2012. It also marks the first time since 2008 that Democrats have outraised Republicans in direct contributions to candidates, even as the Republican National Committee (RNC) has significantly outpeformed the fundraising total of the Democratic...
  • BETO O’ROURKE FLAGGED FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE VIOLATIONS

    10/07/2018 9:24:58 PM PDT · by bitt · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/7/2018 | Molly Prince
    Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s senate campaign was flagged by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Sunday for accepting “excessive” and “impermissible” donations. The FEC notified O’Rourke that a preliminary review of his campaign’s July quarterly report showed contributions from one or more individuals with addresses outside of the United States. Donations were also made that “exceed the limit” determined by the federal government. O’Rourke has 45 days to respond. (RELATED: O’Rourke Receives Four Pinocchios For Denying Trying To Flee Drunk Driving Crash)
  • Texas Democrat Slapped With Federal Charges – Completely Destroys His 2018 Race

    10/07/2018 3:34:02 PM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service in the world, RWN offers the following information published by The Daily Caller Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s senate campaign was flagged by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Sunday for accepting “excessive” and “impermissible” donations. The FEC notified O’Rourke that a preliminary review of his campaign’s July quarterly report showed contributions from one or more individuals with addresses outside of the United States. Donations were also made that “exceed the limit” determined by the federal government. O’Rourke has 45 days to respond. 1/ Campaign of @BetoORourke flagged by @FEC for...
  • When Scandals Collide

    10/25/2017 10:00:10 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    Summary: Same law firm paid for dossier that paid the DNC server "investigation." STORY: As Rich noted last night, we have learned finally, courtesy of the Washington Post, that Fusion GPS, the research firm that produced the notorious “Trump Dossier,” was funded by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Of course, the Clinton campaign and the DNC always want layers of deniability and obfuscation – and let’s note that it has served them well – so they hire lawyers to do the icky stuff rather than doing it directly. Then, when the you-know-what hits the fan,...
  • $1.2 million anti-Kavanaugh crowdfunding campaign tests federal bribery laws

    09/12/2018 3:51:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    Liberal groups are testing a new crowdsourcing tactic in their battle against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — and are testing the limits of campaign finance laws with their attempt to force one GOP senator to vote “No.” The initiative has secured pledges of $1.2 million, which the groups say they’ll direct to an opponent of Sen. Susan Collins, should she vote to confirm Mr. Trump’s pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. If she votes for the nomination, the donors’ credit cards will be charged. Ms. Collins and her defenders say that sounds an awful lot like bribery, threatening her political future...
  • Bombshell: FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million

    08/24/2018 1:23:21 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 124 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 24, 2018 | Margot Cleveland
    The press continues to feed the dying Russia collusion conspiracy theory, spending Friday’s news cycle regurgitating Democrat talking points from the just-filed Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks, and Russia. Yet the mainstream media took no notice of last week’s federal court filing that exposes an $84 million money-laundering conspiracy the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign executed during the 2016 presidential election in violation of federal campaign-finance law. That lawsuit, filed last week in a DC district court, summarizes the DNC-Clinton conspiracy and provides detailed evidence from Federal Election Commission (FEC)...
  • 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....
  • Maxine Waters hit with FEC complaint over mailer money

    08/01/2018 7:04:38 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8/1/18 | Fred Lucas
    Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, one of the most outspoken members of the anti-Trump ‘resistance’ in Congress, is facing fresh questions about a longstanding controversy regarding how her campaign raises money and how those funds have flowed to her daughter. The California congresswoman has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each election cycle from some of her state’s biggest politicians paying to be listed on her slate mailers—sample ballots traditionally mailed out to about 200,000 voters in Los Angeles highlighting whom she supports. Since 2004, the campaign in turn reportedly has paid $750,000 to the congresswoman’s daughter, Karen Waters, or her...
  • Matt Gaetz Files FEC Complaint Against Twitter Over Shadowban

    07/28/2018 9:44:10 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 27, 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) filed a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against Twitter following revelations the social networking giant shadowed his account. Screenshots emerged this week showing the Florida Republican’s account would not autocomplete in search results. In a statement to Breitbart News, the lawmaker’s office said it was “investigating the depths and impact,” of the serious allegations. A spokesperson for the Trump ally said: It is curious that these allegations would arise the week following Congressman Gaetz’s heated exchange with Twitter senior executives before the House Judiciary Committee. Congressman Gaetz continues to believe that interactive computer services, such as...
  • FEC Complaint Filed Against Rep. Maxine Waters Alleging ‘Slate Mailer’ Election Law Violations

    07/26/2018 12:08:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 26, 2018 | Tom Anderson
    Today, NLPC filed a Complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) violated federal election law in a transaction related to her so-called slate mailer during her last re-election campaign. The transaction was a payment to Waters’ campaign fund from the Democratic State Central Committee of California (DSCCC) in the amount of $35,000 for the inclusion of then-Senate candidate, and now Senator Kamala Harris, on Waters’ slate mailer. Whereas candidates like Harris may legally pay Waters’ campaign for the proportional costs of their inclusion on her slate mailer, it is not legal for such payment...