California bill takes aim at dark money in politics-- Will Jerry Brown sign it?

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, speaks at an August 2017 rally in
Sacramento for Assembly Bill 249, the DISCLOSE Act, which would make donor
disclosures on political advertisements easier to read and understand. It
passed out of the Legislature in September and must be signed by Gov. Jerry
Brown by Oct. 15 for it to become law. (Photo by Susan Kennedy)

Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, speaks at an August 2017 rally in Sacramento for Assembly Bill 249, the DISCLOSE Act, which would make donor disclosures on political advertisements easier to read and understand. It passed out of the Legislature in September and must be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown by Oct. 15 for it to become law. (Photo by Susan Kennedy)

By  | kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: October 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm | UPDATED: October 2, 2017 at 5:09 am

SACRAMENTO — The barely legible print that briefly flashes on-screen at the end of political ads will be gone, replaced by information people can clearly read, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a closely watched bill targeting “dark money” in campaigns.

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New Orleans Mayor's Race: Charbonnet suddenly opts out from Voice PAC forum

BREAKING: New Orleans Mayor's Race: Charbonnet suddenly opts out from Voice PAC forum Featured

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charbonnet5:26 PM...One of the leading candidates for New Orleans Mayor has suddenly decided to pull out of the forum tonight being held at Loyola University organized by a new Super Pac led by New Orleans business person and personality Sidney Torres.

 In an email blast to media, Desiree Charbonnet has withdrawn her participation claiming respected journalists have withdrawn their own participation.

In an email sent to the Charbonnet campaign, spokesperson Victoria Coulon said "Travers Mackel (WDSU) and Sabrina Wilson (WVUE) withdrew over ethical concerns".   I then requested more information over the ethical concerns.  She responded with, "What I’ve been told is that both reporters and their respective news directors had an issue with Sidney Torres being one of the panelists." 

Update: Here is a statement posted on Torrest Facebook page: 7:40 PM

Desiree Charbonnet decided to snub the voters of New Orleans this evening making the excuse that she was not addressing the people of New Orleans in a live televised debate because of a change in 2 panelists. What Ms. Charbonnet failed to say in her statement regarding her decision not to attend is that the panelists were replaced with two prominent New Orleans journalists, one of whom earned a Pulitzer Prize and another who led New Orleans' number one television news operation for almost a decade. Furthermore leading up to Ms. Charbonnet's last minute cancellation, members of her campaign team were aggressively lobbying other campaigns to withdraw from our debate so there would be no opportunity for you to learn the candidates' positions on critical issues. Her decision is disappointing but mostly alarming. The next mayor of New Orleans will face tough challenges, if a candidate can't face tough questions why should we believe they can handle a tough assignment ahead?

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Sphere adds Former Pompeo Aide

Sphere adds former Pompeo aide

 

09/25/2017 02:06 PM EDT

With David Beavers, Aubree Eliza Weaver and Daniel Lippman

SPHERE ADDS FORMER POMPEO AIDE: Sphere Consulting, the public affairs firm founded by Jim Courtovich, is adding Patrick Fleming as a vice president. Fleming was previously a senior policy adviser to former Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and also worked as director of transition after President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo to lead the CIA. Fleming is also a former aide to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who chairs the Freedom Caucus. He’ll be working on transportation, financial services, aerospace and defense issues, according to the firm, in addition to some international work. Mahmood Abu-Rubieh, a recent George Washington University graduate, is also joining Sphere as an associate.

A NEW SUPER PAC IN NEW MEXICO: Joel Riter, a longtime GOP operative, has started a new super PAC called “For a Better New Mexico.” Riter is a former aide to Josh Mandel, the Ohio state treasurer, and has helped start a number of super PACs since working with a nonprofit called the Government Integrity Fund that backed Mandel’s unsuccessful challenge to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2012. It’s not clear who For a Better New Mexico is backing, but it may be one of the Republicans running to replace GOP Rep. Steve Pearce, who’s running for governor, leaving his Republican-leaning district wide open. Riter didn’t respond to a request for comment.

IF YOU WEREN’T READING POLITICO ON FRIDAY NIGHT: “Months after Corey LewandowskiDonald Trump’s former campaign manager, quit the lobbying firm he co-founded after the 2016 election, he appears to be working with a new one, reviving questions about whether he is still cashing in on his relationship with the president,” POLITICO’s Theodoric Meyer and Daniel Lippman report. The firm, Turnberry Solutions LLC — a name that calls to mind Trump Turnberry, the president’s Scottish golf resort — is staffed by two lobbyists who worked for Lewandowski’s old firm. While Lewandowski has denied any link to the firm, there’s plenty of evidence to the contrary.

— Lewandowski was on a recent conference call between Turnberry and one of its clients, according to the client, and Turnberry also created an email address with his first name on it. A source familiar with the firm told POLITICO that Lewandowski also traveled to Poland earlier this month with two of Turnberry’s lobbyists to pitch the firm’s services to the Polish government.” Still, Lewandowski says he isn’t working with Turnberry. “‘Get your facts right,’ he said in a brief interview on Friday. ‘I have nothing to do with Turnberry Solutions.’” Full story.

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PENCE PAC RAKES IN CORPORATE MONEY: Vice President Mike Pence’s “new political group raised money from at least three dozen corporate PACs in June, July and August,” POLITICO’s Maggie SevernsMatthew Nussbaum and Ben Lefebvre report. “Some, like General Motors and Merck, gave to Pence’s Great America Committee just days or weeks before their CEOs moved to dissolve Trump’s business advisory councils after his controversial remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, Va. The companies — including giants like AT&TBoeingFedEx and General Electric — are eager for access to the vice president and have embraced his leadership PAC as a way to win favor with the White House, according to interviews with a dozen Republican fundraisers and lobbyists with ties to the business community.”

— “Donating to Pence’s PAC ensures the door to the executive branch stays open, one donor said. And having trusted Pence aides decide how to dole out the money to Republican candidates — as opposed to an unpredictable president who has threatened on Twitter to challenge sitting Republican senators — is an added bonus. ‘There’s certainly a lot of people interested in connecting with Pence. He’s familiar, a Washington face, a steady hand,’ said the donor, who has given to both Pence’s Great America Committee and to Trump.” Full story.

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SOME CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS ARE ACTIVE STOCK TRADERS:Members of Congress aren’t the only ones who engage in ethically questionable stock trades. “A POLITICO review of federal disclosures for 2015 and 2016 found that some senior aides regularly buy and sell individual stocks that present potential conflicts of interest with their work,” POLITICO’s Maggie Severnsreports. Daniel Swanson, a Judiciary Committee aide to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), “dropped somewhere between $4,004 and $60,000 in Mylan stock from his and his child’s portfolios” days after the committee sent a letter to DOJ suggesting the pharmaceutical was breaking the law. Full story.

ON THE AIRWAVES: Robert Stryk, a lobbyist featured prominently in Nick Confessore’s story in The New York Times Magazine on lobbying a few weeks ago, chatted with Confessore for The Times’ “New Washington” podcast. Stryk is the founder of SPG, a lobbying firm that’s signed New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Kenya and other countries since Trump took office. Listen to it here.

MIKA THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH AT TIGERS GAME: Matt Mika, the Tyson Foods lobbyist who was seriously wounded in the shooting at congressional baseball practice in June, threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game on Sunday. Mika is a Michigan native and an avid Tigers fan. He told Detroit’s WXYZ that he’s still recuperating from his injuries, though. "My ribs are still recovering. My left hand, I don't have feeling yet in my hand," Mika said.

SPIES, SPIES EVERYWHERE: Hiring a new in-house lobbyist? Make sure your applicants aren’t Breitbart moles. BuzzFeed News’ Joseph Bernstein reports that Steve Bannon considered trying to plant a mole inside Facebook last year before taking over Donald Trump’s campaign. The idea to infiltrate Facebook came to Bannon from Chris Gacek, a former congressional staffer who is now an official at the Family Research Council, which lobbies against abortion and many LGBT rights. ‘There is one for a DC-based ‘Public Policy Manager’ at Facebook’s What’s APP [sic] division,’ Gacek, the senior fellow for regulatory affairs at the group, wrote on Aug. 1, 2016. ‘LinkedIn sent me a notice about some job openings.’ ‘This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo with INTEL about the job application process over at FB," he continued.

— “'Milo,'" of course, "is former Breitbart News Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos, to whom Bannon forwarded Gacek’s email the same day. ‘Can u get on this,’ Bannon instructed his staffer.” Full story.

JOBS REPORT

 Volvo has hired Will Otero as government affairs director for the Americas. He was previously director of federal government affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and before that worked for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He’ll report to Katherine Yehl, Volvo’s vice president of government affairs for the Americas.

— The Corn Refiners Association has added Allison Cooke as director of food policy. She previously worked for Kellen, where her clients included the Calorie Control Council, the International Food Additives Council and the Infant Nutrition Council of America.

— Marcus Rayner has joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a director of public policy. He was previously president of the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute.

— Alexis Gilman is joining Crowell & Moring’s Washington office as a partner in the antitrust group. He was previously as assistant director at the Federal Trade Commission.

— Kami Spicklemire is joining Education Trust as a communications manager. She was previously a campaign manager at the Center for American Progress.

— The Insured Retirement Institute has voted to add Joe DeSilva of ADP and Dan Guilbert of Symetra Financial to its board of directors.

SPOTTED: At Alabama Power’s “Power of Leadership” reception at the Mellon Auditorium on Thursday night, according to a PI tipster: Reps. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.); Stacey Plaskett, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ House delegate; Mark CrosswhiteZeke SmithQuentin Riggins and John Hudson of Alabama Power; Robert McGheeof the Poarch Band of Creek Indians; and Roland Martin of TV One.

NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:

None

NEW PACs:

CenterMovement.com (Super PAC)
For A Better New Mexico (Super PAC)

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld: MDIF Media Partners I, LP
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP: Pinnacle Transportation Systems, Inc.
Capitol Legislative Strategies LLC: Tegrity TH1, LLC
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting: Medical Transportation Access Coalition
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting: National Council for Behavioral Health
Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting: Solidarity HealthShare
Impact Management Group: Advantage Capital Partners
Invariant LLC: Safer GVW, Inc.
Jamison and Sullivan, Inc.: SAS
Live Oak Bank: Live Oak Bank
McDermott Will & Emery LLP: Indian River County
McGuireWoods Consulting (A Subsidiary of McGuireWoods LLP): AmeriHealth Caritas
McGuireWoods Consulting (A Subsidiary of McGuireWoods LLP): CHS, Inc.
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, Inc.: Project Firefly
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP: Melaleuca Inc.
Robert Lehman: National Election Defense Coalition
Summit Strategies Government Affairs: Islabikes

This article was taken from POLITICO. http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/politico-influence/2017/09/25/sphere-adds-former-pompeo-aide-222467

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New 'Super PAC' Backing Donald Trump Hires Strategist Once Critical of Him

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Alex Castellanos, a political strategist, in 2013. CreditSamantha Sais/Reuters

A new “super PAC” supporting Donald J. Trump and backed by one of his close friends has hired the strategist Alex Castellanos to cut advertisements and work on strategy.

Mr. Castellanos, who advised Mitt Romney in the 2008 presidential race, confirmed in an interview that he is guiding the group, Rebuilding America Now, which was filed late last week. It is being supported by Tom Barrack, a financier and real estate investor and an old friend of Mr. Trump.

“I’m worried that we don’t have four or eight more years to wait to change direction,” Mr. Castellanos said, explaining his decision to join the group. “This is not about whether the Republican wins or loses the White House. This is about whether we can afford to go in the same direction, and because I’m concerned if we go too much farther we won’t be able to turn back.”

The main focus of the group will be countering the effect of a $90 million advertising offensive planned by Priorities USA Action, the super PAC backing Hillary Clinton. Priorities USA has released two ads, both focused on women, that eviscerate Mr. Trump, including one that uses his own statements against him.

Mr. Castellanos’s involvement is notable for his previous criticism of Mr. Trump. He had quietly explored the possibilities of creating a “Stop Trump” effort last fall, and he has long urged the Republican Party to change its tone and focus in order to appeal to a broader coalition of voters.

Rebuilding America Now has not been officially blessed by the campaign, but Mr. Barrack is friends with both Mr. Trump and Paul Manafort, the campaign’s chief strategist. And it is behind the first ad in support of Mr. Trump in the general election from any group, including his own campaign.

Laurance Gay, the group’s managing director, said they will use traditional methods to determine their target audience.

“We’ll be doing polling, we’ll be doing focus groups, we’ll be doing all the things you would do during a national campaign,” Mr. Gay said, adding that their main focus for now is to firmly establish a counterweight to Priorities USA.

Mr. Gay’s group released its first ad on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” a spot that sought to frame Mrs. Clinton as dishonest and recall scandals from her husband’s administration. They have yet to place advertising reservations, but Mr. Barrack told CNN that the group has $32 million in commitments.

 

This story was taken from The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/us/politics/trump-super-pac-alex-castellanos.html

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Lynn Councilors in An Uneven Fight with Campaign Spending

LYNN COUNCILORS IN AN UNEVEN FIGHT WITH CAMPAIGN SPENDING

LYNN —  Brian LaPierre may have topped the field in the City Councilor-at-Large preliminary election last week, but G. Buzzy Barton is way ahead in the race for campaign cash.

As of Sept 1, Barton, an incumbent who finished second in the eight man race for four seats, had $9,048 in the bank, according to the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

At the other end of the money scale was seventh place finisher Jaime Figueroa. He had just $438, the lowest amount of any candidate in the race. Last spring, at the time of his announcement, he had raised $2,610.

LaPierre isn’t exactly hurting for donations. His latest finance filing reported he had $6,895 in the bank. At the high point in June, the popular councilor had amassed $10,391.

Challenger Richard Ford, who came in sixth place in Tuesday’s preliminary election, had $4,333. Incumbent Hong Net, who finished in the top three, had $2,779 in the latest report, down from $4,261 in July.

Brian Field, who captured the coveted fourth place finish, had $2,040 on hand, down from $5,258 last spring.

John Ladd, who finished last with 930 votes, had $1,952, while Taso Nikolakopoulos, a fifth place finisher, had just $751.

The candidates have about eight weeks to raise cash before the Nov. 7 final election.

 

This was taken from itemlive.com by Thomas Grillo. 

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Pizzagate "Alt-Lite" Trolls Launch Super PAC To Boost POS Josh Mandel

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POS Josh Mandel (R. OH)

You are judged by the company you keep and this confirms he is a piece of shit:

A group of pro-Trump media figures are launching a super PAC aimed at making an impact in the 2018 midterms.

Jeff Giesea, Mike Cernovich, and Jack Posobiec, organizers of the “Deploraball” party to celebrate President Trump’s inauguration earlier this year, are behind the super PAC, which is being called #Rev18. All three are known quantities in the pro-Trump alternative media that emerged during the campaign and presidency, powered by Trump’s rise; they have since distanced itself from more extreme alt-right figures, often favoring the term “new right.” Cernovich has become known as an occasional breaker of news about the White House, while Posobiec rose to prominence after playing a key role in the #MacronLeaks story.

The trio plans to back anti-establishment primary challengers in the midterms.

“Our goal is to top-grade the GOP,” Giesea said in a press release the group will release on Monday. “This means defeating entrenched establishment politicians and replacing them with candidates who support American sovereignty and prosperity, and who put the American citizen first.” The group’s first endorsement is of Josh Mandel, the Senate candidate in Ohio, who is one of three Republican primary candidates there.

The mission is of a piece with what other figures in the Trump base are trying to do this election cycle. Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who has returned to the helm of Breitbart News, backed Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary; Moore’s victory, as well as the retirement of Breitbart target Senator Bob Corker, has emboldened Bannon in his plans to back other insurgent primary challengers against establishment candidates.

Here’s more info on the deplorables helping boost this PAC:

Mandel, the Republican Ohio treasurer who is running for U.S. Senate in 2018, is well aware of the men's backgrounds, and this summer spoke out in their support on Twitter. He said they were unfairly accused by the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, of being linked to groups that spew extremism, terrorism and bigotry.

This came after Mike Cernovich, a writer and blogger and one of the organizers of the new super PAC, promoted the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory about a Washington pizza parlor being a front for a child sex-trafficking ring linked to Hillary Clinton. A 29-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced to four years in prison for traveling to the pizza parlor and firing a military-style rifle after reading the fake reports about the pizza parlor.

Cernovich also has said that date rape does not exist and leads to false accusations.

One of the other founders of the new super PAC backing Mandel, Jack Posobiec, also promoted the Pizzagate hoax, according to the ADL. He worked with the group Citizens for Trump and promoted the "DeploraBall," an event celebrating Trump's inauguration and drawing supporters who shun Washington's traditional ways.

Cernovich and Posobiec were described by the ADL as members of the "alt-light," a less explicitly racist faction of the loosely affiliated alt-right movement. Cernovich reacted with a posting on the website medium.com and said the ADL was reckless in its characterizations and that his opinions were stated as a writer, not as a group leader who belonged on a civil rights group's "hit list."

Mandel agreed, saying the ADL's listing was dangerous and unfair.

The third partner in the new super PAC is Jeffrey Giesea, an entrepreneur who has been cited as an expert in "memetic warfare,"  or the use of jokes, citations and Internet trolling as a way governments and terrorists spread propaganda and wage wars of ideas. Giesea helped create the "troll army" that boosted Trump in the election, according to a December article in BuzzFeed.

Again, Mandel proves how low he can go and is just a punchable asshole. Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D. OH) has been fighting hard to protect your right to vote:

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined critics of Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's process for purging inactive voters from the state's rolls today in filing briefs at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Brown, a Democrat who held Husted's job from 1983 to 1991 and worked in Congress to pass the National Voter Registration Act, argued that Husted's procedure for voiding registrations of people who haven't voted in several years "would wrongly cancel the registrations of thousands of eligible Ohio voters."

"Citizens have the right not to vote for any reason, and states cannot penalize them for doing so by canceling their registrations," Brown's legal brief said. "Ohio's Supplemental Program does exactly that because it uses registered voters' failure to vote as the trigger to subject them to the change-of-residence confirmation process."

The case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear on Nov. 8 challenges Ohio's method of purging ineligible voters. The process is triggered by not voting during a two-year period. Registration is canceled if the voter does not cast a ballot during the subsequent four years or update his or her address. Repeated notices are sent to voters whose registration has been flagged.

On Monday, Brown joined dozens of organizations including Common Cause, the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights, and the League of Women Voters in filing briefs to oppose Husted's procedure for culling ineligible voters from the rolls.

Twenty-seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus including Warrensville Heights Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge filed a brief that said the Sixth Circuit court of appeals correctly interpreted federal laws when it rejected Ohio's process for removing non-voters.

This article was taken from dailykos.com. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/3/1703776/-OH-Sen-Pizzagate-Alt-Lite-Trolls-Launch-Super-PAC-To-Boost-POS-Josh-Mandel-R

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New Super PAC aims to 'Deal her out'

Anti-Elizabeth Warren super PAC aims to 'Deal Her Out'

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Name of the PAC is a not-so-subtle nod at Hillary Clinton's oft-used phrase "deal me in"
  • Deal Her Out PAC was created partly to support one of Warren's 2018 challengers, Geoff Diehl

Washington (CNN)There's a new super PAC on the scene and it's already got its eyes set on the 2020 race -- specifically making sure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren never makes it there.

The "Deal Her Out" PAC, launched by two politically involved Massachusetts Republicans, aims to raise money highlighting Warren's record as senator to keep her from winning re-election in 2018 and ultimately keep her from winning if she chooses to run for President in 2020.
"We do need to look at Elizabeth Warren in 2018. Historically, my belief is we haven't had a US senator who was defeated and then run for president," Marty Lamb, co-president of Deal Her Out, said about the group's strategy.
Lamb, who has formerly run against Massachussetts Rep. Jim McGovern and run for state representative -- losing both times -- currently sits on the Republican state committee. He launched the super PAC with friend Bonnie Thompson, a former Republican state committeewoman who was Massachusetts field director for Donald Trump during the campaign and previously regional director for Scott Brown's, Women for Brown coalition when he ran against Warren in 2012.
Deal Her Out PAC was created partly to support one of Warren's likely 2018 challengers: Geoff Diehl, who is currently a state representative and is planning to run against her. Both Thompson and Lamb are friends with Diehl and are supportive of his challenge to Warren.
The name of the PAC is notable for its two-fold meaning. Deal sounds very much like Diehl, and it's a not-so-subtle nod at the phrase oft-used by Hillary Clinton during her campaign run, where she frequently told crowds to "deal me in" in response to criticism from Trump that she was playing "the woman's card."
"Elizabeth Warren, If you look at her track record, she's AWOL from Masschusetts," Lamb said. "She votes against the state's interest, like the 21st century CURES act. The entire Massachusetts delegation voted for it, Warren voted against it. I think she's grandstanding with her New York elitists to position herself for 2020, as a spokesperson for the extreme left and she's out of touch with the people of Massachusetts -- we are a fairly moderate state."
"When I look at Elizabeth Warren I see somebody who is a whiner and a blamer," said Thompson. "I don't see her as somebody who solves problems. The only thing she wants from us is a vote."
The fundraising emails sent from the group are even more blunt.
"You're a lying, self-serving liberal phony who is totally unqualified to serve the American people ... It's our patriotic duty to tear her down until there is nothing left," one reads.
A Warren spokeswoman countered that Warren has spent much time in the state -- pointing to six town halls the senator has held in 2017 so far, including two book events she held in April and her time spent at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention in June.
"Massachusetts Republicans will decide among themselves at their convention and then in a primary who will run for US Senate. But it's no surprise that out-of-state billionaires -- through various dark money groups -- will attempt to buy the election for them," Kristen Orthman said. "Senator Warren is focused on doing her job for the people of Massachusetts, like fighting against Republican attempts to rip health care away from 22 million Americans. And she's calling for another People's Pledge as one way to prevent the super rich influence in our electoral system."
The group has set a fundraising goal of $10 million between now and election day next year, which it will use mostly towards advertising against Warren on TV, radio and digital.
This article was taken from CNN politics. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/30/politics/anti-elizabeth-warren-super-pac/index.html
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A New Pro-Trump Super PAC Takes Aim at the Republican Establishment

A group of pro-Trump media figures are launching a super PAC aimed at making an impact in the 2018 midterms.

Jeff Giesea, Mike Cernovich, and Jack Posobiec, organizers of the “Deploraball” party to celebrate President Trump’s inauguration earlier this year, are behind the super PAC, which is being called #Rev18. All three are known quantities in the pro-Trump alternative media that emerged during the campaign and presidency, powered by Trump’s rise; they have since distanced itself from more extreme alt-right figures, often favoring the term “new right.” Cernovich has become known as an occasional breaker of news about the White House, while Posobiec rose to prominence after playing a key role in the #MacronLeaks story.

The trio plans to back anti-establishment primary challengers in the midterms.

“Our goal is to top-grade the GOP,” Giesea said in a press release the group will release on Monday. “This means defeating entrenched establishment politicians and replacing them with candidates who support American sovereignty and prosperity, and who put the American citizen first.” The group’s first endorsement is of Josh Mandel, the Senate candidate in Ohio, who is one of three Republican primary candidates there.

The mission is of a piece with what other figures in the Trump base are trying to do this election cycle. Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist who has returned to the helm of Breitbart News, backed Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate primary; Moore’s victory, as well as the retirement of Breitbart target Senator Bob Corker, has emboldened Bannon in his plans to back other insurgent primary challengers against establishment candidates.

Giesea filed the super PAC paperwork with the Federal Election Commission last month. “The board is me, Mike, and Jack for now,” Giesea said in an email. “We have an expanded board of advisors who are helping and which we’ll announce later.”

Giesea, who at one point worked for Trump donor Peter Thiel at Thiel Capital Management, said the trio expects to attract big donors but has not done so yet.

“I’m the first donor with a 50k personal investment,” he wrote. “We expect major donors come in soon but we want to prove the model and get the grassroots involved first. It’s safe to say we are broadly aligned with Team Bannon.”

Asked whether someone like Thiel might get involved, Giesea said “Not naming names but certainly Thiel and Mercers would be fits. We’re hoping to broaden the base of contributors as well.”

Bannon’s efforts have a powerful donor family backing them: the Mercers, his political patrons, who have invested in Breitbart and who are some of the most important donors in Trumpworld. The New York Times reported last week that Bannon has secured the Mercers’ backing for a “political coalition” similar to that of the Koch brothers, designed to support candidates running against the Republican establishment.

Bannon is already tied to a pro-Trump super PAC that was involved in the Alabama race, Great America Alliance. His former political advisor in the White House is now a senior advisor with Great America.

Giesea, Cernovich, and Posobiec’s effort is notable as one of the first forays of the mostly atomized, online pro-Trump movement into standard electoral politics. The three, particularly Cernovich and Posobiec, have mostly been viewed as consigned to the margins of the political sphere.

It’s also a sign of the Trump movement’s growing independence from Trump himself. The Alabama result showed that Trumpism can survive and thrive even when Trump doesn’t; Giesea, in the group’s press release, emphasizes this, saying “#Rev18 is not a cult of personality. Our loyalty is to the America First agenda Trump ran on and the movement he galvanized more than to Trump himself.”

Originally posted by The Atlantic on October 2, 2017.

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Election law committee considers bills limiting foreign campaign spending

 

BOSTON (WWLP) – Lawmakers are looking at public comments on 30 bills including proposals to update reporting requirements for candidates, enhance transparency in campaign finance, and limit campaign contributions.

The state’s Joint Committee on Election Laws heard from the public on Wednesday regarding bills dealing with campaign finance. One bill would limit political spending by foreign-influenced corporations.

Pam Wilmot of the watchdog organization Common Cause said this legislation is important to close loopholes for campaign contributions, amid concerns about allegations of Russian meddling in last November’s presidential election.

“If they make a corporation, they can buy Facebook ads,” Wilmot explained. “They can buy TV ads. They can do all that stuff.”

Facebook announced this month that it will provide congress with access to more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads.

The bill still has a long way to go. The committee is currently reviewing public testimony on the bills before making recommendations.

Originally posted by WWLP.com on September, 27 2018.

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Establishment Dark Money Swamps Alabama Senate Election

Establishment Dark Money Swamps Alabama Senate Election

A tsunami of Republican Establishment funding and dark money political contributions is hitting Alabama in support of Luther Strange’s high-stakes contest against Roy Moore for the Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions.

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