Rathke: Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, says NRA’s Wayne LaPierre

New Orleans      It turns out that there’s a reason that Wayne LaPierre, the embattled chief of the National Rifle Association, doesn’t give many interviews to the press.  It because he comes off as an oblivious,…

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‘Look for Power in the Shadows’: watch Sheldon Whitehouse shine light on ‘Dark Money operation’ behind GOP Supreme Court takeover

“Something is not right around the court. And dark money has a lot to do with it. Special interests have a lot to do with it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Democratic Sen….

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy leaves the Capitol after a meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call)
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USPS Board issues gushing praise for DeJoy amid mail slowdowns, medicine delays, and straw-donor scandal

“The Postal Board of Governors met secretly today and issued a statement saying they’re fine with DeJoy slowing the mail before an election and they’re not worried about any campaign finance violations because DeJoy has decided…

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Screen shot from photo by: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
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Postmaster General accused of criminal violation of campaign laws

‘This Is Against the Law and DeJoy Must Be Fired’ Former head of human resources at DeJoy’s logistic firm, along with other employees, says the major GOP donor now running the Postal Service reimbursed workers for…

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Posted in Campaign finance Coronavirus Corporate Influence News Politics Pro Publica

Medical staffing companies cut doctors’ pay while spending millions on political ads

While cutting benefits for emergency room doctors and other medical workers, TeamHealth and Envision have spent millions on ads meant to pressure politicians working on legislation to cap out-of-network costs for Americans. by Isaac Arnsdorf Monday,…

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Steve Bannon’s use of private jet linked to Chinese businessman could violate campaign finance law

One trip was to Arizona to campaign for Wendy Rogers. The former Trump adviser used a plane apparently owned by businessman Guo Wengui. Americans are barred from receiving services for campaigns donated by foreign nationals.  by…

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Reporting Recipe: How to identify suspicious campaign finance records

This week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.” reveals how watchdogs discovered contributions eventually traced to key figures in the Ukraine scandal. Here’s how regular people can do the same on their own. by Ilya Marritz and Matt…

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Posted in Campaign finance Dark Money Elections National News Off the wire Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Donald and Ivanka Trump were involved in inauguration’s inflated payments to family business, new suit says

“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit. by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica January…

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“It’s always been Republicans suppressing votes,” Trump advisor says party will get even more aggressive in 2020

“It’s clear there’s no law Donald Trump and his right-wing machine won’t bend, break, or ignore to try to win the presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Common Dreams Reporting on Friday shows a top advisor…

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Don’t let your vote get stolen – 5 essential reads about disinformation in 2020

Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote? AntonSokolov/Shutterstock.com Jeff Inglis, The Conversation As the 2020 election season heats up, there will be a massive number of people competing for your vote. Only some of them…

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