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Anyone needing an example of how destructive the DC Circuit’s CHGO decision is to @FEC enforcement need look no further than the $100+ million potential #campaignfinance violation in MUR 6596 (Crossroads GPS) and my GOP colleagues’ just-issued statement of reasons about it. /1
@FEC In this matter, Crossroads GPS spent $139m on political activity in 2012 (73.4% of budget!) yet didn’t register as a political committee. But @FEC GOPers actively waved off directly on-point federal case and ignored clear and settled law in excusing this inexcusable behavior. /2
Their statement flails along for 19 pages. But they could have tossed the first 18. All that mattered was this paragraph. Per CHGO, the mention of “prosecutorial discretion” allowed them to place their opinion beyond any court's review. This is *not* what Congress had in mind. /3
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OK, for true #campaignfinance nerds, here's a short explainer on the effect of today's ruling in “Pursuing America's Greatness v. @FEC.”

In short: Unauthorized committees *still* can’t have candidate names in their formal names. But now they can use them everywhere else.

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Here’s why:

In 1992, @FEC adopted 11 CFR 102.14(a). It has three parts:

1. An authorized committee (a candidate’s own campaign committee) *must* have the candidate's name in it.

2. Unauthorized committees (PACs, superPACs, etc) *cannot* have a candidate's name in them.

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3. The "name" of a committee, according to the regulation, “includes any name under which a committee conducts activities, such as solicitations or other communications, including a special project name or other designation."

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Here’s this week’s rundown of what’s going on in the #FloridaLegislature.

A few bills covering campaigns & elections, and a continuation of the FL GOP’s war against poor people.

#InformFlorida
#FactsFirstFlorida
#TakeActionFL

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CS/HB 689 - allowing voting machines that produce “voter-verified ballots”
Introducers: @RepFitzenhagen (R), @Mel_Ponder (R)

CS passed Oversight 12:0, now in Public Integrity

#ElectionIntegrity
#PaperBallots
HB 615 - deletes provisions for public funding of elections

Passed Oversight 7:5, (@AnnaForFlorida, @KimDanielsFl, @RepBobbyDuBose, @GoodforFlorida, @Javierfor114 voted no)
Now in Public Integrity.

#MoneyInPolitics
#CampaignFinance

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THREAD: Shout-outs are in order in the wake of the ~$1 million in penalties obtained from Right to Rise & the foreign nationals who gave to the #superPAC illegally. Many players did a terrific job. In order: @FEC, @OpenSecretsDC, @theintercept, @CampaignLegal, & FEC again.

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@FEC @OpenSecretsDC @theintercept @CampaignLegal First up: The @FEC’s excellent website, fec.gov, provides the raw materials that allow journalists, nonprofits, researchers, and the public to follow the money. In this case, data from Right to Rise’s filings was scooped up by…

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fec.gov
@FEC @OpenSecretsDC @theintercept @CampaignLegal …the indispensable @OpenSecretsDC, otherwise known as The Center for Responsive Politics, which slices and dices @FEC data and adds tremendous value.

Here’s CRP exec director @skrmhlz, speaking at the FEC, explaining how they do what they do:

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How can Bernie not know about a $30000 settlement from his own campaign? This does not pass the credibility test.
#VettingBernie
washingtonpost.com/politics/berni…
Bernie Sanders' votes and non-votes that support GOP's LIFTING SANCTIONS on Russia's oligarchs is definitely not consistent with his campaign trail words from 2016.

#VettingBernie

Sanders silent on claim that Russians backed him in 2016 | by Gabriel Debenedetti
politico.com/story/2018/02/…

#VettingBernie
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I am seriously jazzed. We now have the details of the first bill the Democrats will present in the 116th Congress. It's basically an anti-corruption bill. They're tackling #VotingRights, #CampaignFinance, and #Ethics!!

Here are some of the specifics of the bill: Thread/
And to be clear, it's not just the incumbent Democrats that worked on the bill. A group of freshmen House Reps have been involved too. 👍🏼
1. The bill would create a NATIONAL automatic voter registration system. Citizens could opt out if they wish. We know from the states that have automatic voter registration, it increases the number of registered voters dramatically. 💯
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1/ So! 657 days and 50,000 followers into the effort, it's time to close up shop at @alt_fec. The midterms are done and it looks like the Republic just might survive this crisis. We have been called to #resist in other ways.

Two parting thoughts as we ride off into the sunset:
2/ • Our #campaignfinance laws have been fundamentally broken by #SCOTUS. It's not a matter of flipping #CitizensUnited – you have to reach back to Buckley v. Valeo (1976), the case that established that the government has no interest in a level playing field…
3/ and that preventing corruption is the only allowable reason to regulate #campaignfinance. This was a bad idea from the start, and has led to rotten results. Since #SCOTUS is unlikely to help out anytime soon, and amending the Constitution is unlikely to work, …
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BREAKING! Major #SCOTUS @FEC decision determining how 2018 #campaignfinance will be reported.

In a nutshell: It limits the ability of #darkmoney groups to keep their donor lists secret this election. /1
@FEC This is a real victory for transparency. As a result, the American people will be better informed about who’s paying for the ads they’re seeing this election season.

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@FEC The details:

8/3: Trial court rules @FEC regulation allowing #darkmoney groups to hide donors is illegal. Delays killing reg until 9/17.

9/15: DC Circ. declines to extend that delay; Chief Justice Roberts *does* extend it.

Full #SCOTUS just flipped that: The reg is dead. /3
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#CampaignFinance records from the 1990 effort showed that
#Pence then 31, had been using political DONATIONS to pay the MORTGAGE on his house, his personal CREDIT CARD bill, groceries, GOLF tournament
fees and CAR PAYMENTS
for his wife.
#Resistance #Resist washingtonpost.com/politics/mike-…
#Pence's older brothers, Ed Pence, is an executive at Cummins Inc., a company that manufactures engines for the #Russian military and has also used LOBBYING firms connected with #PaulManafort, indicating that Pence may have ties to #Russia.
#TrumpRussia

snopes.com/fact-check/mik…
#Pence gives #Putin brophile a new meaning and takes Russiaphilia to a whole new level. It gives Pence MOTIVE for IGNORING U.S. Congressman Cummings’ warning, last November, re #FLYNN.
Cummins is deeply involved in #Russia through sales and joint ventures.
miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/is-…
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Thread.
Selected list of #indictments and #sentencings
Aug 15-22, 2018
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1. Ricky Johnston from Las Vegas admitted to receiving over 600 images of toddlers & children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison.

#childpornography #childsexabuse #RickyJohnston #projectsafechildhood

justice.gov/usao-nv/pr/las…
2. Operation Darkness Falls results in arrest one of the most prolific dark net drug dealers in the world.
Matthew & Holly Roberts used the darknet marketplace to distribute #fentanyl #oxycodone #heroin #meth & other drugs.

#darknet #silkroad #alphabay
justice.gov/usao-ndoh/pr/o…
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We’re very pleased to have not lost any followers in The Twitter Bot Purge of 2018. We have 49,864 real human followers who actually give a damn about #campaignfinance, it would appear!

It’s a big election year! RT this, follow @alt_fec & help us crack 50k followers! 146 to go!
136 to go. That’s not a quick response from the Twitter community – that’s some bad math.
Shameless self-promotion dept.: 82 followers to go! We may be finding the upper limit on who cares about elections in this country. RT and follow @alt_fec and help us crack 50k.
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Now is perhaps as good a moment as any to brush up on the concept of “in-kind contributions.” Under federal law, these are amounts paid to influence an election that don’t go through campaign's bank account. The key word here is "contributions." That's what they are. /1
Let's take a keg of beer at a campaign event. If the campaign paid for it, it has to be reported as an expense. /2
But if someone who's not the candidate brought it, that’s an in-kind contribution. It doesn’t matter that the campaign never saw the cash. The beer purchase has to be reported by the campaign as a contribution, and then as an expense. /3
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