NRA is still at it.
FEC Complaint
SENATE 2018

Josh Hawley’s Senate campaign & NRA's PAC have engaged in an elaborate scheme to conceal illegal coordination against @McCaskill4MO,
in a race that could decide control of the Senate.

mcclatchydc.com/latest-news/ar…
Hawley’s campaign employs the same people to produce ads as the NRA Political Victory Fund.

The NRA PVF has spent $1M+ on behalf of the MO GOP AG'S campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill.

It has set records for spending by outside groups in MISSOURI. campaignlegal.org/document/clc-c…
The overlap in personnel is strong evidence of coordination between the PAC & Josh Hawley's campaign. - Brendan Fischer, dir of the fed reform program at the Nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center.

Complaint filed by CLC, co-signed by Giffords, org lead by former Rep. Gabby Giffords
CLC's FEC complaint alleges:
Hawley’s campaign & the NRA have tried to circumvent FEC rule by
▪Using vendors that employ the SAME PPL
▪Operate at the SAME ADDRESS
▪BUT use DIFFERENT names
FCC records:
▪SEPT 6 ⇾Jon Ferrell placed an ad for Hawley’s campaign w/ KYTV (Springfield, MO)
▪Listed himself as “agent for Josh Hawley for Senate"
▪SEPT 6 ⇾Ferrell placed ad w/ KYTV for NRA’s Political Victory Fund.
▪Ferrell’s signature appears on forms for both ads
Ferrell signed NRA forms for RED EAGLE MEDIA GROUP, an ad placement firm for NRA’s PAC

■ RED EAGLE MEDIA=NATL MEDIA RESEARCH. Hawley pd $45K (July ⇾Sept)
■ NATL MEDIA-same VA address as ONMESSAGE, GOP consulting firm Hawley used for 2016 AG run & since the start of Senate run
RED EAGLE & NAT'L MEDIA⇾
▪“legally indistinguishable"
▪ad buys coordinated

There is evidence ad production is also coordinated:

▪STARBOARD makes Hawley ads for NRA PAC
▪shares a MD office w ONMESSAGE. ▪Hawley’s consultant, Brad Todd, is a partner in both firms.
I feel like I'm having deja vu....
Remember this?
My thread from 3 months ago:

NRA used shell company, (STARBOARD) to unlawfully coordinate with @RonJohnsonWI's 2016 campaign

#STARBOARD #ONMESSAGE #NRA threadreaderapp.com/thread/1023607…
To review prev thread:
▪ONMESSAGE set up a shell corp ⇾STARBOARD
▪NRA’s lobbying arm/PAC contracted w STARBOARD to create ads supporting Johnson (2016) & @TomCottonAR @CoryGardner @ThomTillis (2014)

▪NRA essentially is Starboard’s only client, besides small job for RNC
ONMESSAGE repeatedly takes credit for ads NRA paid STARBOARD to produce.

Starboard’s apparent purpose was to help the NRA evade FEC rules.

As a result, the NRA may have made millions in illegal and excessive in-kind contributions
Back to 2018
🤬NRA is trying to make sure R's keep Senate

NRA PVF paid STARBOARD $3.8M this election cycle for MULTIPLE Senate campaigns.

The complaint against Hawley’s campaign comes after the CLC/Giffords filed similar one against MT GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.
Exclusive: Audio Reveals Potentially Illegal Coordination Between NRA and Montana Senate Hopeful Matt Rosendale thebea.st/2NIOdHa
Before the NRA dropped hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to flip a competitive, Dem-held Senate seat, their chief lobbyist apparently gave GOP, Matt Rosendale a heads up.
Chris Cox, the top strategist for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), assured Rosendale that NRA would spend heavily to support his bid to unseat Sen. Jon Tester, Rosendale told attendees at a July event in DC.
Exclusively obtained audio of Rosendale’s remarks 🔊 m.soundcloud.com/user-379527848…

Good-govt groups say Rosendale's remarks raise serious questions of potentially illicit coordination between Rosendale and an independent political group supporting his campaign run by NRA.
SEPT
The group spent more than $400k on ads hitting Tester over the precise issue Rosendale mentions—votes on SCOTUS noms.

Rosendale’s remarks are potentially problematic
NRA-ILA, a 501(c)(4) “dark-money” group, is legally barred from coordinating ad buys w/a federal campaign.
Brendan Fischer, the director of FEC reform programs for the CLC said Rosendale’s remarks, together with the eventual ad campaign he alluded to, might satisfy the “3-pronged” legal test for impermissible coordination.
3 Prongs ⇾
▪payment
▪content
▪conduct
Like other senators in competitive races this year, Rosendale’s campaign has made media puts to  ONMESSAGE totaling about $445k.

NRA’s expenditures for its anti-Tester ads, notably, were paid to STARBOARD
(Shell company)
NRA is illegally coordinating w a number of campaigns through common vendor.

NRA-ILA’s independent expenditures are routed through STARBOARD, a clone of OnMessage, which works with the same campaigns the NRA is—ostensibly, independently—supporting with huge ad buys.
OnMessage, which shares staff and office space with Starboard, was using insight gleaned from media-buying work for the candidates’ campaigns to inform the NRA’s separate advertising strategies in each race.
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