User: newstrust Topic: Election Reform
Category: Election Administration :: Election Law
Last updated: Nov 12 2019 21:33 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Russian propaganda’s effect on 2016 election worse than previously understood: Federal prosecutors 12.11.2019 Raw Story
Prosecutors are updating the charges against Russians who blasted social media propaganda at American voters in the 2016 election. John Demers, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s national security division, and Jessie Liu, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, intend to issue a superseding indictment against those foreign individuals who interfered in the […]
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Kentucky Republicans blasted for using FEC to boot Mitch McConnell critic off his sports talk show 7.11.2019 Raw Story
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has long regarded the Federal Election Commission’s every attempt to police corrupt campaign finance as an assault on billionaires’ right to freedom of speech. But this week, McConnell’s allies in the Kentucky GOP turned to the FEC to actually silence the political speech of an opponent. On Wednesday, the […]
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The Supreme Court Considers Political Lies in the Bridgegate Case 6.11.2019 Truthout.com
Bridget Kelly stands behind two figures while holding a pink bag
The "Bridgegate case" offers the Supreme Court another opportunity to endorse the power to lie in politics.
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The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It. 31.10.2019 Truthout.com
Half the country votes on machines made by ES&S, which is subject to almost no ...
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Records reveal the staggering amount of money Trump-owned businesses have raked in by doing business with Trump’s campaign and Republicans 29.10.2019 Raw Story
The words “conflict of interest” often come up in connection with President Donald Trump, who hasn’t been shy about encouraging the use of Trump properties for political events. And an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows just how profitable that encouragement has been for the president. HuffPost’s Mary Papenfuss reports that according to the Center’s […]
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The market for voting machines is broken — and this company has thrived in it 29.10.2019 Raw Story
In the glare of the hotly contested 2018 elections, things did not go ideally for ES&S, the nation’s largest manufacturer of voting technology. In Georgia, where the race for governor had drawn national interest amid concerns about election integrity, ES&S-owned technology was in use when more than 150,000 voters inexplicably did not cast a vote […]
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Supreme Court hands GOP a win in Michigan gerrymander case 21.10.2019 Raw Story
The U.S. Supreme Court has just handed the Michigan Republicans a win by tossing out a lower court ruling that would have forced a redrawing of congressional and state legislative voting maps. A lower court ruled the GOP had gerrymandered the voting maps so extensively they violated the U.S. Constitution. But in June the U.S. Supreme […]
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Here’s how the top Democratic presidential candidates are faring in the race for Texas donors 21.10.2019 Raw Story
Unsurprisingly, Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke are getting more money here than from any other state. But other candidates are playing in Texas, too. Texas has long been a red state. But with the vast amount of money here — and with many predicting a new level of competitiveness — it’s still an important place […]
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Leading 2020 Democrats Have Plans to Get Rid of Money in Politics 17.10.2019 Truthout.com
Leading 2020 Democrats Have Plans to Get Rid of Money in Politics
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Here are 5 ways to restore the legitimacy of the Supreme Court 16.10.2019 Raw Story
In recent years the legitimacy of the Supreme Court has come under question as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans have bent the nomination process for their own political gain. At the same time, the Court has rewritten the rules of our democracy. In just the last few years, it has rolled back the Voting […]
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How the ‘Citizens United’ decision paved the way for Giuliani’s pals to buy influence in America 13.10.2019 Raw Story
As I pointed out last week, the most powerful intervention in US politics allowing foreign influence in US elections, which contributed to Trump’s victory in 2016, was the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) decision. Like Michaelangelo’s God creating Adam with a pointing finger, SCOTUS created out of thin air a doctrine […]
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GOP Rep Tries To Silence FEC Chair, So She Tweets His Letter 11.10.2019 Crooks Liars
Memo to my Republican Congressman, Rodney Davis: Don't mess with Ellen Weintraub. Before Republicans lost 40 seats in the House in 2018, Rodney was headed for House leadership. He was a Republican Whip in the repeal Obamacare vote in 2017. He won re-election in 2018 by the slimmest of margins and we doubt he will be so lucky in 2020. Rodney has decided to spend last year in Congress defending Donald Trump from a lady who quotes Federal Election law on television. She does this because it's her job. So this lady, Ellen Weintraub, tweets his letter. Ha. I will not be silenced. The independence of the United States Federal Election Commission will not be compromised. — Ellen L Weintraub (@EllenLWeintraub) October 10, 2019 Really, Rodney. Your problem is that you're defending a so-called president who is breaking the law on a regular basis. And then Weintraub goes on ...
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Two Giuliani associates involved in Ukraine probe arrested on campaign finance charges 11.10.2019 LA Times: Nation

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman worked with President Trump's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani on matters involving Ukraine.

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‘I smell a wiretap’: Ex-FBI official suspects the Feds have tapes of Rudy Giuliani 11.10.2019 Raw Story
The details included in the indictments of Rudy Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman have led one former top FBI official to conclude there was a wiretap. Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace. “Today two associates of Rudy Giuliani — the president’s Shadow Secretary of […]
2 Florida men tied to Guiliani arrested on campaign charges 10.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Two Florida businessmen tied to President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance violations resulting from a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump's re-election.
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Trump's Ukraine call might violate election laws, but no one's enforcing them 6.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Campaign finance lawyers believe Trump’s request to Ukraine's president that he investigate Joe Biden and his family broke the law. But the Federal Election Commission lacks a quorum, and the Justice Department sees no crime.
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‘It is illegal’: Federal Election Commission chairwoman explains the law about foreign assistance on MSNBC 5.10.2019 Raw Story
The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission appeared on MSNBC on Friday evening to remind America that it is illegal to solicit election assistance from foreign governments. Ellen Weintraub was interviewed by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on “The Last Word” following a week in which President Donald Trump publicly solicited assistance from multiple foreign governments. “Let […]
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‘Is this thing on?’ FEC chair forced to remind Trump that it is ‘illegal’ to solicit election help from foreign governments 4.10.2019 Raw Story
“Oh, it’s on—but someone isn’t listening or can’t read (or both).” Ellen Weintraub, the chair of the Federal Election Commission, took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to muse over whether or not President Donald Trump understands that soliciting or accepting foreign assistance during an election is against the law. “Is this thing on?” Weintraub wondered, linking […]
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Bill Barr should have referred the whistleblower’s campaign finance complaints to the FEC — but didn’t: Legal experts 2.10.2019 Raw Story
On Wednesday, Georgetown law professors Neal Katyal and Joshua Geltzer penned an op-ed in The New York Times arguing that Attorney General William Barr and his officials should have referred the Ukraine whistleblower’s campaign finance allegations to the Federal Election Commission — even if they personally believed the president and his subordinates had not committed […]
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Mississippi: African American voters sue over election law rooted in the state’s racist past 23.9.2019 Raw Story
A lawsuit over a Mississippi election law, if successful, will change the way that state elects its governor. Four African Americans filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in May 2019, charging that the way their state elects its statewide officials violates the Voting Rights Act, the 14th Amendment and the principle of “one-person, one-vote.” To […]
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