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Political fundraiser pleads guilty to fraud 20.9.2019 Raw Story
In one of the first Justice Department cases of its kind, Maryland political consultant Kelley Rogers pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Tuesday for operating multiple fraudulent political action committees that raised money from donors for conservative causes but kept much of the funds for Rogers and his associates. Rogers’ arrest and indictment took place shortly after […]
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Group of 50 legal scholars call for 28th Amendment to overturn Citizens United: ‘A root cause of dysfunction in our political system’ 19.9.2019 Raw Story
When liberals and progressives cite former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s best and worst rulings of the Barack Obama era, they typically praise his support for same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges while slamming him for his support for unlimited corporate donations in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission. The U.S. Supreme Court obviously […]
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States try to combat election interference as Washington deadlocks 18.9.2019 L.A. Times - World News

After a presidential campaign in which foreign operatives used social media to manipulate voters, the states try to gobble together their own solutions

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Crystal Mason’s ballot was never counted. Will she still serve five years in prison for illegally voting? 17.9.2019 Raw Story
Her lawyers say if her sentence stands, it could discourage low-information voters from going to the polls at all. When Crystal Mason got out of federal prison, she said, she “got out running.” By Nov. 8, 2016, when she’d been out for months but was still on supervised release, she was working full-time at Santander […]
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1,688 Polling Places Shuttered Since Supreme Court Green-Lit New State Disenfranchisement Schemes 15.9.2019 Crooks Liars
The 2013 Supreme Court decision nullifying federal "preclearance" requirements for states and local governments with a past history of discriminating against minority voters continues to have widespread repercussions as those same discriminatory states and counties methodically undertake efforts to once again make voting a more cumbersome and restricted process. A new Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights report once again seeks to quantify those acts, and once again finds that jurisdictions freed from prior preclearance requirements are shutting down their own polling places at an accelerated pace. Updating a prior 2016 study, the Leadership Conference was now able to collect data for 757 of the 860 counties previously subject to preclearance. Those counties collectively shuttered nearly 1,700 polling places since the 2013 Shelby County vs. Holder decision; most were justified under claims of "consolidating" polling ...
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Secret files reveal how North Carolina Republican systematically stopped black people and students from voting 11.9.2019 Raw Story
Secret files found on a longtime Republican operative’s computer after his death revealed that he compiled racial data to help his party draw new political maps and impose voter ID laws. This article first appeared on Salon. Thomas Hofeller, who is considered the master of modern gerrymandering, left behind at least 70,000 files that were […]
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‘Democracy for some, but not for all’: Report reveals nearly 1,700 polling places closed since Supreme Court weakened Voting Rights Act 10.9.2019 Raw Story
“Seems like Republicans don’t want people to vote…wonder what they are worried about.” Civil rights advocates said Tuesday that The U.S. Supreme Court must restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act after a sweeping new report showed how the court’s decision led to the closure of nearly 1,700 polling places across the American […]
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Report: More than 1600 Polling Places Have Closed Since the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act 10.9.2019 Mother Jones
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted a core provision of the Voting Rights Act: The requirement for certain states with a history of voter discrimination to “preclear” changes in their election rules with the federal government. For decades, the 1965 law helped secure the right to vote for hundreds of thousands of people in nine […]
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Speaking of Corruption 9.9.2019 Outside the Beltway
Does it get much more swampy than this?
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Tolerance Of Trump's Self-Dealing Is A Natural Extension Of Well-Established Republican Beliefs 4.9.2019 Crooks Liars
The corruption is flagrant: President Donald Trump suggested that Vice President Mike Pence stay at his Irish golf club on an official trip funded by taxpayer dollars, Pence's chief of staff Marc Short told reporters Tuesday. Pence, who is traveling with his wife, sister, and mother, is staying at the president's golf club in Doonbeg, Ireland, during his visit to the country. Rather than stay in Dublin, where he is set for a day of meetings and events with Irish officials, Pence is making the back-and-forth trip from Doonbeg to Dublin, more than an hour flight each way. In distance terms, this is like staying at a hotel in Baltimore for your business trip to New York. This is now standard operating procedure for the Pence family: Since 2017, Pence’s political group, the Great America Committee, has dropped about $224,000 at Trump properties, chiefly the Trump International Hotel in Washington and its on-site steakhouse, according to Federal Election Commission records maintained by ProPublica ...
Donald Trump broke the law again and his staff happily told CNN all about it 31.8.2019 Raw Story
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House. Last week, […]
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FEC to Interrogate Big Tech on Election Manipulation 30.8.2019 NewsBusters
Big Tech is being summoned by the Federal Election Commission to answer what it is doing to stop digital misinformation before the 2020 elections. FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub sent out personal invitations to the heads of Facebook, Google, and Twitter on August ...
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As FEC nears shutdown, priorities such as stopping election interference on hold 30.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
The campaign finance agency will be temporarily shuttered due to a lack of a quorum. A former FEC chair says there's a "real possibility" the agency is effectively closed through the 2020 election.
Facebook will require political advertisers provide further credentials, or have their ads paused 28.8.2019 TechCrunch
Ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook today announced it’s tightening requirements for groups buying political ads on the social network. The company last year began requiring advertisers get authorized to run ads about social issues, elections, or politics, which involves advertisers providing identification to confirm who they are and where they’re located — including a U.S. […]
As Russia Eyes 2020, America's Election Watchdog Is Out of Commission 28.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"Without a functioning election watchdog, the vulnerabilities in U.S. elections that were exposed in 2016 by Russia will be exploited to greater effect by foreign and domestic actors in the 2020 election and beyond."
We Don’t Have a Working Democracy Right NowWhat happened and how we can fix it — Palast on Real News Network 27.8.2019
Since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013, the vote theft party’s started. They’re removing voters from rolls even more aggressively, all over America, especially in the former preclearance states that were protected by the VRA. Jacqueline Luqman interviews Palast for the Real News Network As a result, last year alone, 14 million voters were purged from the voter rolls. This changes elections, because it’s not just anyone’s vote that gets stolen. Overwhelmingly, these are voters of color, young voters, and low income voters — in other ...
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Thanks to Mitch McConnell, America now has no functioning election commission 27.8.2019 The Atlantic - Matthew Ygblesias
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) — intended to be a group of no more than three Democrats and no more than three Republicans overseeing the federal campaign finance system — has been operating with just a bare quorum of four for the past 18 months. With the resignation of Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen, at the […]
The Federal Election Commission Is About to Partially Shut Down 27.8.2019 Mother Jones
For years, the Federal Election Commission has been barely functional. But at the end of this month—as the 2020 campaign heats up and unprecedented amounts of money flow to candidates for national office—much of the agency’s work will shut down entirely. There will be no new fundraising rules, no punishments for rule-breakers, no decisions about […]
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Republicans Lining Up To Take On AOC For Some Reason 23.8.2019 Outside the Beltway
Republican candidates are lining up to take on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez even though the odds of a Republican winning in her district are essentially zero.
This Trump supporter received praise from the president himself — now he’s facing a lengthy prison sentence for voter fraud 21.8.2019 Raw Story
President Donald Trump has often claimed that incidents of voter fraud aided the Clinton campaign in 2016. Just last Thursday at a rally in New Hampshire, Trump claimed that voter fraud had cost him the state’s four electoral points. “It was taken away from us,” he said at a rally in Manchester. “There is no […]
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