Tag: Federal Election Commission

Was There Another Cover-Up In Response to the Whistle-Blower?

One of the first things new prosecutors at the Justice Department learn is that cover-ups are rarely singular. There is often a cover-up of the cover-up. Allegations of one cover-up, then another, emerged last week. Officials in the Trump administration tried to “lock down” the phone call memo between President Trump and Volodymyr Zelensky of […]

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Federal Election Commissioner Posts Foreign Interference Memo on Twitter

The Federal Election Commission chairwoman, Ellen L. Weintraub, on Friday took the dramatic step of using Twitter to release the entire draft of a memo addressing foreign election interference after its disputed publication in the agency’s weekly digest. Ms. Weintraub, a Democrat appointed by President George W. Bush, said a Republican commission member, Caroline Hunter, […]

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Andrew Yang Said He Would Give 10 People $1,000 Each Month. Is That Legal?

ELECTION 2020 Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur who has promised to provide every American adult with $1,000 a month if he is elected president, announced at the Democratic debate on Thursday that he would distribute such payments to 10 people for the next year. “It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians,” Mr. Yang said […]

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The Election Watchdog That Can’t Bark

The United States is headed into what promises to be among the most contentious and expensive campaign cycles in modern history — with foreign and domestic actors eager to make mischief — without the chief elections cop on the beat. Sure, presidents are busy people, but in the interest of safeguarding democracy, President Trump needs […]

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The U.S. Election Watchdog Needs 4 of 6 Members to Enforce the Law. It Now Has 3.

The Federal Election Commission, the beleaguered independent agency that is supposed to serve as the watchdog over how money is raised and spent in American elections, has long been criticized as dysfunctional, if not toothless. Now the state of affairs at the agency is poised to get even worse: It will no longer even have […]

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Personal Data About Small-Donor Democrats Is All Over the Internet

One of the largest single disclosures of small-donor information in American history took place on July 31. On that day, the names, addresses, occupations and employers of at least 2.3 million people who contributed money to 2020 Democratic presidential candidates were listed on the internet for all to see. The culprits were not Russian hackers […]

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Trump Campaign Invests Big in Small Donors, and Reaps Rewards

WASHINGTON — Democrats have traditionally trounced Republicans when it comes to raising money from small donors, but President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign is spending heavily to try to change that. As they prepare for a re-election fight in which grass-roots Democratic fund-raisers are expected to be particularly energized to defeat the president, Mr. Trump’s three […]

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How Mueller Can ‘Fix His Mistakes’

When Robert Mueller testifies on July 17, members of Congress should not expect new revelations. Instead, they should ask tough questions about his legal errors and the loopholes he created. President Trump’s recent comments about foreign meetings and opposition research (“I think I’d take it”) produced controversy and confusion across the political spectrum. But he […]

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Representative Duncan Hunter’s Wife Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case

The wife of Representative Duncan Hunter of California pleaded guilty on Thursday to one criminal count in a case in which she and her husband were accused of using more than $200,000 in campaign funds for personal use — including lavish dinners, vacations, private school for their children, and even plane tickets for their pet […]

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Election Rules Are an Obstacle to Cybersecurity of Presidential Campaigns

One year out from the 2020 elections, presidential candidates face legal roadblocks to acquiring the tools and assistance necessary to defend against the cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 presidential campaign. Federal laws prohibit corporations from offering free or discounted cybersecurity services to federal candidates. The same law also blocks political parties from […]

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