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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

another trust fund right winger... with her sugar daddys money entering politics...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/jan-6-rally-funded-by-trump-donor-helped-by-alex-jones/ar-BB1deze7?ocid=msedgntp


Jan. 6 Rally Funded by Trump Donor, Helped by Alex JonesThe rally in Washington’s Ellipse that preceded the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was arranged and funded by a small group including a top Trump campaign fundraiser and donor facilitated by far-right show host Alex Jones.


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Mr. Jones personally pledged more than $50,000 in seed money for a planned Jan. 6 event in exchange for a guaranteed “top speaking slot of his choice,” according to a funding document outlining a deal between his company and an early organizer for the event.

Mr. Jones also helped arrange for Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent donor to the Trump campaign and heiress to the Publix Super Markets Inc. chain, to commit about $300,000 through a top fundraising official for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, according to organizers. Her money paid for the lion’s share of the roughly $500,000 rally at the Ellipse where Mr. Trump spoke.


Another far-right activist and leader of the “Stop the Steal” movement, Ali Alexander, helped coordinate planning with Caroline Wren, a fundraising official who was paid by the Trump campaign for much of 2020 and who was tapped by Ms. Fancelli to organize and fund an event on her behalf, organizers said. On social media, Mr. Alexander had targeted Jan. 6 as a key date for supporters to gather in Washington to contest the 2020-election certification results. The week of the rally, he tweeted a flyer for the event saying: “DC becomes FORT TRUMP starting tomorrow on my orders!”

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

here we go gates defending trump...

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/bill-gates-facebook-banning-trump-150110737.html


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Bill Gates: Facebook banning Trump 'forever' would not be 'that good'


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Bill Gates, author of ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster’, joins Yahoo Finance's Andy Serwer to discuss Facebook's implementation of an 'oversight board' and the company's decision to ban President Trump.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/investor-who-donated-nearly-1m-to-trump-inauguration-sentenced-to-12-years-in-prison/ar-BB1dO9QY?ocid=msedgntp


Investor who donated nearly $1M to Trump inauguration sentenced to 12 years in prison


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A Federal Judge in California on Thursday sentenced a venture capitalist who donated nearly $1 million to former President Donald Trump's inaugural committee to 12 years in prison for falsifying records to hide his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-level U.S. officials.

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019 file photo, Imaad Zuberi, left, leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles with his attorney Thomas O'Brien, right, after pleading guilty to funneling donations from foreigners to U.S. political campaigns. Zuberi, an elite political fundraiser, had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi’s life was built on a series of lies and the lucrative enterprise of filling the campaign coffers of American politicians and profiting from the resulting influence. They describe him as a “mercenary” political donor who gave to anyone -- often using foreign money given through illegal straw donors. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)© ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019 file photo, Imaad Zuberi, left, leaves the federal courthouse in Los Angeles with his attorney Thomas O'Brien, right, after pleading guilty to funneling donations from foreigners to U.S. political campaigns. Zuberi, an elite political fundraiser, had the ear of top Democrats and Republicans alike — a reach that included private meetings with then-Vice President Joe Biden and VIP access at Donald Trump’s inauguration. But federal prosecutors say Zuberi’s life was built on a series of lies and the lucrative enterprise of filling the campaign coffers of American politicians and profiting from the resulting influence. They describe him as a “mercenary” political donor who gave to anyone -- often using foreign money given through illegal straw donors. (AP Photo/Brian Melley, File)
Imaad Zuberi was also fined $1.75 million and ordered to pay $15.7 million in restitution.


Zuberi, 50, agreed to plead guilty in 2019 to tax evasion, filing false foreign agent registration records and providing almost $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to various presidential election campaigns and other candidates for elected office, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

two funny right wingers telling businesses to stay out of politics yet are raking in the political money from them.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republicans-angered-after-over-100-top-corporate-leaders-meet-to-push-back-against-gop-war-on-voting/ar-BB1fA3pF?ocid=msedgntp


Republicans angered after over 100 top corporate leaders meet to push back against GOP war on voting


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Over 100 top corporate leaders convened in a "first-of-its-kind" virtual meeting to plan a concerted response to the Republican-backed voting rights restrictions that have swept the nation.

The move comes amid a fissure between the GOP and Corporate America following the latter's denunciation of HB 202, a sweeping anti-voting bill passed by the Georgia state legislature late last month. When the MLB pulled its All-Star game from Atlanta in protest of the newly-minted law, many GOP Senators accused corporate America of falling into the hands of the "radical leftists."

Last month, when 100 major corporations signaled their opposition to HB 202, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., whose PAC received some $475 million from corporate donors last year alone, told Corporate America to "stay out of politics."

"Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex," McConnell said. "Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling. Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order."

During the call, executives from "major airlines, retailers and manufacturers — plus at least one NFL owner" reportedly floated the idea of halting all political contributions to lawmakers that backed any bills designed to suppress the vote, according to Axios. Even more, corporate leaders reportedly discussed discontinuing any investments in states which passed such bills. Among those who attended the meeting were "Arthur Blank, owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons; Adam Aron, CEO of AMC Theatres; Mellody Hobson, co-CEO of Ariel Investments; Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart; Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn; Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines; Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines; and Chip Bergh, chairman of Levi Strauss Company, according to CBS.

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2021 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

note again the right wing pushed for citizens united all the way to the supreme court and the ultra right wing supreme court gave us dark money in citizens united. and below a newer supreme court justice would not disclose the dark money she was receiving to be transparent about her funding. But then she even would not recuse herself from a case coming in front of the supreme court. and below dems again try to pass a law to make the uber rich disclose who and where they put their money in politics. Again the right wingers in the senate oppose it. so let the lying stop the right wing know they control politics with money. why do you still lie about it. you took it to the supreme court your right wing supreme cout gave it to you an now you try to stop the law to make it transparent.



https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/u-s-senate-democrats-aim-to-expand-voting-as-republicans-seek-to-rein-it-in/ar-BB1gBA5L?ocid=msedgntp


U.S. Senate Democrats set to advance sweeping election law changes


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The Senate bill and a similar one passed by the House of Representatives in March with no Republican support go beyond election reforms. They also attempt to end the partisan way in which congressional districts are drawn and curb "dark money" campaign contributions that obscure the identity of donors.



https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/amy-coney-barrett-refuses-to-recuse-herself-from-dark-money-case-of-koch-funded-group/ar-BB1g7iVQ?ocid=msedgntp


Amy Coney Barrett refuses to recuse herself from dark money case of Koch-funded group


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On Monday, Justice Amy Coney Barrett refused to recuse herself from a Supreme Court case involving a dark money group that supported her, despite demands from top Democrats to do so because of her apparent conflict of interest.

The case, Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, was brought by the conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which is arguing against the constitutionality of California law that would compel the group to produce a list of its donors for state officials, according to Forbes. Last year, the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity Foundation launched a seven-figure ad campaign urging the Senate to quickly confirm Barrett following the death of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Barrett's refusal comes in spite of calls from top Democrats to remove herself from the case over fears that her personal connection to Americans for Prosperity Foundation would sway her judgment. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., recently penned a personal missive to Barrett urging the justice to extricate herself from the case – or at the very least, make public her reasons for refusing to do so.

"Statute, constitutional case law, and common sense all would seem to require your recusal from [the case]," the Senators wrote last week. "At a minimum, there should be a public explanation as to why you think recusal is not required under federal law, since your participation in the case on these facts would appear to both conflict with 28 U.S.C. § 455 and effectively overturn [relevant case law]. Understanding this determination will also aid Congress in its ongoing consideration of judicial ethics and transparency rules."

"The American people are alarmed about the seemingly dominant influence of special interests on our politics and government," the trio added.

According to Forbes, Barrett did not respond to the letter.

"Justice Barrett is ignoring important ethical standards to rule on a case that could open our democracy to further infiltration by dark-money influence, perhaps permanently," Whitehouse told Forbes. "Her choice to press forward in spite of recusal laws also creates a troubling new precedent, and undermines public confidence in the integrity of the Court."

At the heart of the case is whether mandatory disclosure laws for dark money groups – which are allowed to raise unlimited amounts of money from undisclosed sources – would violate the First Amendment. Opponents of mandatory disclosure laws have argued that such requirements would make donors vulnerable to harassment and coercion from outside forces.

"Americans shouldn't have to choose between staying safe or speaking up," said Americans for Prosperity Foundation CEO Emily Seidel. "History shows us the ability to maintain privacy makes it possible for people to join together on causes and in movements. That was the case for the Civil Rights movement, marriage equality, and is still the case today. Especially in a polarized climate, the work of addressing injustice and advocating for change is hard enough without people facing fear of harassment and retaliation from the government and from potentially violent opposition."

On Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern for mandatory disclosure laws surrounding controversial charities, according to Slate. "People have said they will make life miserable for anybody who supports that charity," he argued. "They'll picket outside their house. They will boycott anybody doing business with them."

It should be noted, however, that boycotts and pickets are examples of constitutionally protected speech under the First Amendment. As Mark Joseph Stern put in Slate: "[Conservative justices] are favoring the ostensible free speech rights to big donors to give money in secret over the free speech rights of the public to criticize those donations."

More than this, the case merely concerns disclosure laws that would turn donation records over to state officials; they would not make such records public, significantly lessening the chances of public threat.

The 6-3 conservative majority in the judiciary is likely to spell a win for Americans for Prosperity Foundation, as multiple conservative justices on Monday pushed back against California attorneys arguing for mandatory disclosure laws. A win would maintain the status quo around dark money, which has seen hundreds of millions of dollars influence the makeup of every branch of the federal government.

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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

look at how much money these haters have to spend on attacking people...


https://news.yahoo.com/ex-british-spy-erik-prince-125527218.html


Ex-British spy, Erik Prince, and Project Veritas reportedly tried to entrap Trump's national security adviser


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Erik Prince, founder of private security contractor Blackwater and brother of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, recruited a former British spy in 2016 to professionalize the undercover operatives at Project Veritas, the conservative sting video shop run by James O'Keefe, The New York Times reports, citing documents and people involved in the subsequent operations to discredit perceived "deep state" enemies of former President Donald Trump inside the U.S. government.

The ex-undercover British spy, Richard Seddon, trained conservative operatives first at the Prince family ranch in Wyoming, then at a large, $10,000-a-month house near Georgetown University. Female undercover operatives tried to entrap FBI agents, sometimes using fake dating app profiles, and State Department employees, the Times reports. But "one of the most brazen operations of the campaign" was an attempt to take down H.R. McMaster, Trump's second national security adviser.

The plan was reportedly to send a female operative to Tosca, a restaurant McMaster frequented, to engage him in drinks and conversation and record him disparaging Trump or making other inappropriate remarks on camera. One of the people involved in the McMaster plot was Barbara Ledeen, a longtime Republican staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring, she says, earlier this year. Presented with the details of the operation, Ledeen told the Times she was just a messenger, "not part of a plot."

Ledeen said "someone she trusted" contacted her to help with the McMaster operation. "Somebody who had his calendar conveyed to me that he goes to Tosca all the time," she said, and she passed the information on to a man she believed to be a Project Veritas operative with a fake name. The McMaster operation was aborted after he, unrelated to Project Veritas, resigned under pressure from Trump.

O'Keefe did not respond to the substance of the Times' report but did accuse the newspaper of running a "smear piece" on Project Veritas. Seddon left the project in 2018, before O'Keefe started releasing low-impact "unmasking the deep state" videos. He was dismayed, three former Project Veritas employees told the Times, with "O'Keefe's desire to produce quick media content rather than to run long-term infiltration operations." Read more about the operation and its cast of characters at The New York Times.

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2021 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

where did these millions of dollars come from to go after the fbi and mc master? again russian influence of some sort.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/fmr-fbi-agent-strzok-on-reported-campaign-to-discredit-trumps-perceived-enemies-this-isnt-the-end-of-the-stories-that-are-going-to-be-coming-out/vi-BB1gQh5u?ocid=uxbndlbingoff


Fmr. FBI agent Strzok on reported campaign to discredit Trump’s perceived enemies: ‘This isn’t the end of the stories that are going to be coming out’


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Peter Strzok, former FBI counterintelligence agent, weighs in on the New York Times reporting that activists and an ex-spy plotted to discredit Trump’s former national security advisor and FBI employees as an attempt to purge who they considered to be part of the ‘deep state’

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/arizona-ballot-audit-backed-by-secretive-donors-linked-to-trump-s-inner-circle/ar-AAKRtcu?ocid=msedgntp


Arizona ballot audit backed by secretive donors linked to Trump’s inner circle


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Dark money groups tied to Donald Trump’s inner circle and backed by people who have spread baseless claims about the 2020 presidential election appear to be playing a key role in funding an unprecedented review of 2.1m ballots in Arizona.

Photograph: Matt York/AP© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: Matt York/AP
Related: Joe Manchin’s hard no on voting bill leaves Democrats seeking new path


Republicans in the Arizona state senate, which authorized the inquiry, allocated $150,000 in state funds to pay for it – just a fraction of the projected overall cost, which is still unknown. The state senate had enough money in its operating budget to pay for the investigation, the Arizona Mirror reported in April, but chose not to pay the full price.

Instead, the effort is being paid for by private donors, who remain hidden from the public, according to a review by OpenSecrets and the Guardian. Arizona Republicans and Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based company overseeing the review, have refused to say who is providing the rest of the money.

“It is wholly inappropriate that the Arizona state senate is hiding the mechanisms by which their sanctioned activity is being funded,” said Adrian Fontes, a Democrat who served as the top election official in Maricopa county, the target of the ballot review, until he lost his re-election bid last year. “The lack of transparency there is just grotesque.”

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://news.yahoo.com/private-inequity-powerful-industry-conquered-154034998.html


Private Inequity: How a Powerful Industry Conquered the Tax System


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There were two weeks left in the Trump administration when the Treasury Department handed down a set of rules governing an obscure corner of the tax code.

Overseen by a senior Treasury official whose previous job involved helping the wealthy avoid taxes, the new regulations represented a major victory for private equity firms. They ensured that executives in the $4.5 trillion industry, whose leaders often measure their yearly pay in eight or nine figures, could avoid paying hundreds of millions in taxes.

The rules were approved on Jan. 5, the day before the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Hardly anyone noticed.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

look who is paying for these elected representatives.

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/abuse-from-republicans-pushing-trump-s-big-lie-drives-away-election-workers-114812485552?cid=eml_mra_20210615&user_email=e73377d3e40790eecbf6a99203e1476ea2a23c644c2045abd739b8f9e629a73b
Abuse from Republicans pushing Trump's big lie drives away (real) election workers


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Barb Byrun, county clerk for Ingham County, Michigan, discusses how Republican attacks on election officials in service of Donald Trump's big lie is causing many of those officials to quit, retire, or not run for reelection, leaving some states scrambling to fill vacancies.

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