At the center of the New York Times reporting are Sofia LaRocca and Beau Maier, photographed here in Las Vegas for a 2020 Democratic primary debate. "They had insinuated themselves into the fabric of progressive movements in the West," the paper reports. (Photo: Screenshot via the Times)
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Right-wing ‘spies’ with deep pockets infiltrated Democratic Party across West

‘This Is Bonkers’ “Wyoming’s far-right promotes tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories,” said one of the operation’s targets. “It makes sense that they would use spies to try to attack their opposition or uncover some imagined liberal plot.” by…

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Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Politics

Facebook let pro-Trump group pose as leftists to split Democratic vote

Republican Troll Farm in Phoenix “This is a story about Facebook, the FEC, and broken systems,” said a former Facebook employee. “Now it’s time for the FEC to prove that perverting justice has consequences.” by Julia…

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A protester holds a Trump 2024 flag in front of the Pennsylvania State Capitol on February 27, 2021. (Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Dirty Tricks Elections

Is the Big Lie a ‘test run’ for what comes next?

With Republicans set to block a commission to probe the January 6 attack, progressives warn “the insurrection never actually stopped.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, May 27, 2021   With Senate Republicans expected to use…

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Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer of former U.S. President Donald Trump, looks down ahead of an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan on December 2, 2020.
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Federal agents execute search warrant for Giuliani, signaling turning point in probe into Ukraine dealings

“A judge had to conclude that there was probable cause that evidence of crime(s) would be found there” in order to allow the search of Giuliani’s home. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, April 28, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Dirty Tricks Elections Journalism Pro Publica

How to spot (and fight) election misinformation

Leer en español Summary: Disinformation is deliberately created with the intent to cause harm, while misinformation is incorrect information shared by people who believe it to be true. In 2020, dis- and misinformation about voting are…

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Attorney General William Barr speaks during a press conference on January 13, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (From photo, crop: McNamee)
Posted in Common Dreams Dirty Tricks Elections News

Barr claims man cast 1,700 fake ballots in Texas, prosecutors say not so

‘That’s Not What Happened at All,’ Say Prosecutors  “Barr is a shameless liar and most importantly has been one for his entire career,” tweeted New York Times columist Jamelle Bouie. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Columns Dirty Tricks News Politics Wade Rathke

O’Keefe, dirty tricks, and spies

New Orleans    When you’re wrong, it’s best to spit it out and get it over, and, boy, have I been wrong about this one. I keep saying that James O’Keefe and his so-called Project Veritas…

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Posted in Common Dreams Dirty Tricks Labor News Politics Privacy

Erik Prince recruited ex-spies to help Project Veritas infiltrate groups ‘hostile’ to Trump agenda

“They didn’t succeed in their attempt to hurt our union,” said American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, “but note what the right wing will do to try to eliminate workers’ voice.”   By Jessica Corbett,…

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