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16 NOV | An “Academy” for state lawmakers on voter suppression strategies run by #ALEC in July featured a veritable who’s who of right-wingers behind disinfo about voter fraud & assaults on voting rights across the country. from @EXPOSEDbyCMD /1
documentcloud.org/documents/2110…
An invite stated “13 legislators from across the country” would be in attendance, but materials acquired by CMD don't include attendance list.
The session, led by #darkmoney group Honest Elections Project & organized, hosted, and bankrolled by ALEC./2 sourcewatch.org/index.php?titl…
Honest Elections Project aggressively promotes a radical legal theory "independent state legislatures doctrine”- holds state courts don’t have authority to review state election laws & empower heavily #gerrymandered state legis to determine outcomes./3 salon.com/2021/09/27/bew…
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Correct. This was in coordination with Joel Greenberg currently cooperating with the FBI after initially being arrested for stalking this teacher, @BeuteBrian
A coordinated effort to smear a political opponent, as with all Roger Stone's chaos agents.
Question is, who paid Jacob Engels to help in this smear campaign?
Brian Buete has demanded investigations into how Joel Greenberg was free to run a crime ring out of the Seminole County Tax Office. DeSantis has only ignored those requests, while parading around with those involved.
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New details of how a top fundraiser for former Pres Trump’s campaign “parked” funds w/groups that helped organize the Jan 6th rally before the Capitol attack shine light on the coordination between seemingly independent groups & role of Trump campaign officials. @January6thCmte/1
Caroline Wren, a top fundraiser for Trump’s campaign who was listed as a “VIP Advisor” on the permit granted by the National Park Service for the Jan. 6 rally, reportedly boasted of raising $3 million for the protest before the Capitol riot. documentcloud.org/documents/2045… /2
She then “parked” funds with two “dark money” groups that helped organize the protest and a closely-tied super PAC @propublica reported last week.
propublica.org/article/top-tr… /3
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Greg Abbott knows them.

to Heritage Foundation
from Texas Public Policy Foundation TPPF Image
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🚨The Family Research Council (FRC) and it's activism arm FRCAction continues to facilitate harassment & attacks on public education. Here, FRCAction is providing a pre-written letter to send/bring to their School Boards.
The letter here allows the "activist parent" to fill in the blank for name & location.
The letter states "I suggest that membership groups like the School Boards Association are an unnecessary drain on resources..."
It lists a series of questions to ask such as: "Does this Board agree with NSBA that parental involvement and opposition to school board policies is "equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism?"
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The FL Sedition Caucus kicked off a series of indoctrination trainings today to support their Build White Power to rig elections at school boards to spread propaganda & dangerous disinformation.
When brown shirts turn to red hats & navy blue shirts, you know.
#NoLicenseForDisinfo
Same people who attacked American democracy on @January6thCmte. Same people still pursuing a #darkmoney funded slow moving coup d'etat.
Complacency is not an option. Follow @StopSpreadSRQ & @NLFD_org to find out how you can meet the moment & RISE.
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"Right-wing donor interests have spent hundreds of millions of $$ to stack the Court w/ anti-abortion justices...

Now, the Court is delivering for those donors, & appears poised to strike at the heart of reproductive freedom"
~@SenWhitehouse

#DarkMoney
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"the dark-money forces behind S.B.8 engineered an anti-abortion majority on the Supreme Court — to do things the American people won’t abide from elected branches of government"
~@SenWhitehouse

#DarkMoney
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“This report shines a bright light on how Republicans and well-funded groups are using our judicial system to take away the freedom of women to make their own health care decisions.”
~@SenStabenow

#DarkMoney
senwhitehouse.medium.com/senators-unvei…
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#Tuesday #Sept14th Try to keep up. Politics, extremism, conspiracy theories, criminal justice. Relevant news, studies & stories #thread. Image
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"A review of public disclosures from @Facebook @Google and @Amazon shows the tech giants have for years funded some of the most influential conservative political organizations and dark money groups responsible for the war on abortion rights." #AbortionBan
thedailybeast.com/amazon-google-…
Add $FB $GOOGL $AMZN $ORCL to the list of companies that should speak out against the Texas abortion law.
Dark money groups funded by #BigTech companies include: Federalist Society, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Committee for Justice, and the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Dark money groups also own SCOTUS justices. #DarkMoney
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1. Andrew Lawton peddles in extremism. Erin O’Toole treating this propagandist as an actual journalist, normalizes far right disinformation & pretends it’s legitimate & reasonable. It isn’t. It’s the subversion of objective truth & facts. #elxn44 #cdnmedia #StopTheCPC ImageImage
2. Andrew Lawton got his toxic start at “Rebel” so-called “News”. Where many far right extremists have gotten their propaganda launching pad. #NeverVoteCPC #NeverVoteConservative #Elxn44 #StopTheCPC ImageImageImageImage
3. On Canada Day, when many chose to observe a day of mourning, to honour Indigenous lives lost at the hands of systemic racism, Andrew Lawton chose instead to dog whistle to neo-Nazis. #NeverVoteCPC #NeverVoteConservative #Elxn44 #cdnmedia #StopTheCPC ImageImageImageImage
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1- I really hate to nitpick, but I think it's critically important for us to be responsible with how we present information. So just a quickie here on something.

#DarkMoney
We must identify things properly to keep a consistent & clear understanding for the general public.(IMO)
2- Dark Money
Whenever money is spent in a political election with the purpose of influencing the decision of a voter and the source of the money is not disclosed, it is dark money.

Reference @OpenSecretsDC
opensecrets.org/dark-money/bas…
3- “Dark money” refers to spending meant to influence political outcomes where the source of the money is not disclosed. Here’s how dark money makes its way into elections:

▪︎Politically active nonprofits such as 501(c)(4)s

▪︎Opaque nonprofits and shell companies
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Remember the Yellow Vests Canada “United We Roll” AstroTurf “protests”? Where somehow supposedly out-of-work truckers had the money to fuel up transport trucks at a cost of multiple thousands of $$ (sporting anti-Trudeau slogans), travel across 🇨🇦, pay for meals & hotels? #Elxn44
It pretended to be “grassroots”. It was anything but. It was a mixture of #Conservative politicians at all levels of government, right wing propaganda media - Rebel, True North Centre etc (even a few CBC ppl). + white nationalists & other extremists #NeverVoteConservative #elxn44
#Conservative leaders were right in there. Promoting an obvious op, benefiting the fossil fuel industry & pumping out propaganda to stop #ClimateAction. This is the #CPC. A pro-extinction position, promoting denialism & #DarkMoney funded deceit. #NeverVoteConservative #elxn44
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Just a reminder of the facts, in the midst of the fog of war being created by #Conservative owned #cdnmedia.

Justin Trudeau’s gov’t not only skillfully managed the pandemic in spite of hostile premiers refusal to do their part in keeping people safe & afloat.…#exln44 #cdnpoli ImageImageImageImage
…but the Trudeau gov’t also managed to maintain a AAA rating (Germany was the only other G7 country to do so), gain the highest marks of ANY advanced economy from the IMF, make 🇨🇦 #1 in vaccinations & surpass 🇺🇸 in economic growth for the 1st time in history. #elxn44 #cdnpoli ImageImageImageImage
Instead we should reward the #CPC’s domestic malign influence operations, disinformation campaigns, #DarkMoney funded front groups micro-targeting social media users & return 🇨🇦 to Harpers of darkness? #NeverVoteConservative #elxn44 #cdnpoli https://t.co/jEBwN8QpSb
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NEW: Yesterday the #Jan6 Committee issued demands for records

Chair @BennieGThompson told @maddow committee plans to investigate "people who took out the permits for January 6th, the march"

Women for America First, @AmyKremer chair, obtained rally permit
msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/…
Women for America First, chaired by @AmyKremer, obtained the permit for #Jan6 incitement rally. Women for America First is a tax-exempt #DarkMoney group.
Permit shows that Women for America First knew in advance of 'rallies' to take place at the Capitol.

"Some participants may leave [the Ellipse] to attend rallies at the United States Capitol" rawstory.com/women-trump-gr…
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The #Jan6 Committee should ask @AmyKremer, chair Women for America First, how her group knew in advance of the rally at the Ellipse that "Some participants may leave to attend rallies at the United States Capitol," as they indicated on their event permit.
Women for America First obtained the permit for the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal" rally. Now they're raising cash for Arizona-style "audits." @Vice by @daithaigilbert vice.com/en/article/7kv…
Today, a spokesperson for Sen. @RonWyden emailed me, saying "Yes," the senator is "still pressing" the IRS to investigate tax-exempt groups involved in #Jan6 violence.

Tax-exempt #DarkMoney org Women for America First was permit-holder for Jan 6 rally.
rantt.com/legal-liabilit…
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NEW: Spokesperson for Sen. @RonWyden, Senate Finance Chair, emailed me today, saying "Yes," the senator is "still pressing" the IRS to investigate tax-exempt groups involved in #Jan6 violence.

On Jan 15, Sen Wyden sent a letter to IRS chief Charles Rettig demanding investigation
In Jan, Sen Wyden told me he would "keep pressing the IRS to investigate" tax-exempt groups involved in #Jan6 violence.

Women for America First, chaired by @AmyKremer, obtained permit for Trump's Jan 6 incitement rally.

IRS head Rettig is Trump holdover rantt.com/legal-liabilit…
Feb letter to @SecYellen from @SenWhitehouse & @SenWarren, asking IRS to enforce tax rules governing 501(c)(4) nonprofit political spending & work with the @TheJusticeDept to investigate #DarkMoney in #Jan6 insurrection

IRS head Rettig is Trump holdover
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NEW: Yesterday Trump announced formation of new legal partnership to handle his lawsuit against big tech.

Led by America First Policy Institute, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3), the org is prohibited by IRS from political campaign intervention.

IRS head Charles Rettig is Trump holdover
The IRS, led by Trump holdover Charles Rettig, granted tax-exempt status to America First Policy Institute in May 2021.

AFPI, prohibited by IRS rules for 501(c)(3) "public charities" from political campaign intervention, is now leading Trump's lawsuit against big tech companies
IRS rules prohibit America First Policy Institute from political campaign intervention. But:

"Trump continues to appeal to his base for ammunition, with the website for the America First Policy Institute"

IRS head Charles Rettig is a Trump holdover.
yahoo.com/now/trump-seek…
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Jan: Dems to target IRS in probe of dark money groups involved in #Jan6 deadly violence

Women for America First, chaired by @AmyKremer hosted DC rally

Aug: WFAF organized PA 'audit the vote rally'

IRS head Charles Rettig is Trump appointee #FireRettig
cnbc.com/2021/01/22/cap…
Dark money group Women for America First, chaired by @AmyKremer helped incite the Capitol riot

Now they're raising cash for Arizona-style election “audits“

Is Trump's IRS chief Retting investigating dark money groups?

CC: @SenWhitehouse #FireRettig
vice.com/en/article/7kv…
In Jan, Sen @RonWyden told me he would "keep pressing the IRS to investigate" tax-exempt groups involved in #Jan6 violence. Women for America First hosted DC rally

Sen Wyden hasn't received response to his letter from Trump's IRS chief Rettig
#FireRettig rantt.com/legal-liabilit…
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Let’s have a few reminders of what a toxic #Disinformation & propaganda operation “Rebel News” is. They are not rebels & it isn’t news. It’s funded by #DarkMoney but is always claiming they need donations NOW. They also solicit funds in cryptocurrency. #Elxn44 #cdnpoli
No one should be treating this toxic operation like a legitimate news site. It is not. It is conduit for malign influence operations. #RebelNews #Elxn44 #cdnpoli
Keean Bexte, one of Rebel’s chief Brownshirt propagandists, spreads disinformation, tries to incite violence, then when held remotely accountable, cries that he’s a victim of authoritarianism….& is always open to cryptocurrency “donations”. #cdnmedia #Elxn44 #cdnpoli
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Given everything that’s been happening in the world, I think it’s time to revisit the subject of #ActiveMeasures.

Not just for Soviets anymore.

A 🧵.

#USpoli #cdnpoli #UKPolitics #EUpolitics #nzpol #auspoI #Brexit
When the Kremlin launched its weaponization of social media prior to 🇺🇸 2016 election, there was great concern that other malignant actors would quickly adopt these techniques.

They did.
Now, not only state-actor operations, but for-hire malign influence operations are reaching epidemic proportions as well, in countries around the world. (nytimes.com/2021/07/25/wor…) #disinformation #propaganda #ActiveMeasures
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I’m adding to this thread, a word or 2 about front groups exploiting charitable status. 1st, Candace Malcolm, head of #TrueNorthCentre is an alumnus of other propaganda operations that serve wealthy private interests: #KochNetwork #FraserInstitute #CanadianTaxPayersFederation….
…Sun Media (now #Postmedia), #JasonKenney’s team, & among others, the #AtlasNetwork: a web of far right “think tanks” with ties to #KochNetwork: sourcewatch.org/index.php/Atla…
Malacolm has spent her entire career serving some of the most malignant players on the planet. #cdnmedia ImageImageImageImage
#KochNetwork & its spawn like #FraserInstitute #AtlasNetwork (both receive funding from the Koch Network) use “public policy” “advocacy”, “charity” & “non-profit”as means to launder propaganda, hide #DarkMoney while reaping tax deductions. #cdnpoli #cdnmedia #TrueNorthCentre ImageImageImage
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#GetMeRogerStone is usually my first instinct.
Let's take a look 👀
$34,000 is going to Florida for an Ohio race.
Red Elephant Strategy LLC is brand new filed at the end of May 2021 to Brian Walsh, a conservative political operative
Walsh is former president of American Action Network, America First policies #darkmoney, Future45, partner at RedPrint Strategy, and hired by AF policies back in 2017.
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🧵I love #football

Have done since the 1980's ⚽️

Nowadays though, the off-field stuff seems to get as much coverage & column inches as the game itself 🗞️📺📱

Competition isn't just about trophies - it's about eyeballs, soft power, geo-politics, PR and #money

Quick tale...
Did you see that news report from the #US this week about the #billionaire financier #TomBarrack being arrested? ($250m bail)

In the weird (but fun) world we live in, that incident ties to #NewcastleUnited & the #PremierLeague

Say what?! 🧐

#FollowTheMoney #Networks #Power 💸
We have;

- Billionaires acting as back-channel diplomats (💰)
- Political actors orchestrating things but pretending they're not
- Qatar buy rights to #EPL for region
- Saudi pirate them #AJ #BeIn #BeOut
- SA try to buy NUFC
- Qatar say "No Way"

#Rights ✍️/👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
#Value (s) 💸🙏⚽️
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