NEW: 5 seasoned campaign finance experts told me that the Trump campaign's 2020 "money bomb" recurring donation ploy for fast cash (as reported by @ShaneGoldmacher) is unlike anything they've ever seen before — but the legal implications are still murky…
"I’ve never seen anything like this in campaign fundraising," @FredWertheimer, who has been doing campaign finance/ethics work for 4+ decades, told me. He called the recurring donations scheme "a complete ripoff" and a form of elder abuse…
"I've been here almost six years, and I can't think of anything particularly like this in which people did not know that they were making recurring contributions," Jordan Libowitz of @CREWcrew told me.…
Experts agree the Trump campaign's recurring donation tactics were unethical, but are they illegal? That's complicated. @CBHolman explained that federal campaign finance law mainly regulates the number of contributions allowed per person, but not the *method* of soliciting them
Beth Rotman of @CommonCause described the recurring donations ploy as "not really fraud, but potential trickery." She said now is a prime chance to the @FEC and even Congress to clarify regulations and standards for soliciting recurring donations…

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24 Mar
.@SenateRules is holding a hearing on #S1, the Senate version of #HR1, starting in 10 minutes. Witnesses will include @EricHolder, three secretaries of state, @Tiffany_Muller, @thetrevorpotter, @FredWertheimer, and more:…
Ranking member @RoyBlunt jokes that every member of Congress thinks they're an expert in two areas: "elections and air travel."
Senator Blunt says it's "never mentioned" that over 700 bills with provisions that would expand voting have been filed in state legislatures (per the @BrennanCenter) — but I wrote about it in depth last week!…
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20 Mar
after a 4+ month election hiatus, I am BACK with live election results for you with @DecisionDeskHQ for two special US House elections in Louisiana, filling vacancies in #LA02 and #LA05. Polls close at 8 pm Central and 9 pm ET – live results will be here!…
NEW: @jbletlow will win the special election for #LA05 outright without needing to advance to a runoff, Insider and @DecisionDeskHQ project…
Letlow, a university administrator, and widow of the late Rep.-elect Luke Letlow, will add to the growing ranks of Republican women in the US House, and will be the first woman to represent Louisiana in Congress since former Sen. Mary Landrieu #LA05
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18 Mar
Dr. Fauci is currently sparring with Sen. Rand Paul in this Senate HELP hearing over studies on reinfections (Paul claims, contrary to current CDC guidance, that he doesn't need to wear a mask bc he's already had COVID)
"You're not hearing what I'm saying about variants," Fauci says, trying to explain that people who have had COVID in the US aren't necessarily immune against emerging variants
"You've been vaccinated and you parade around in two masks for show," Paul retorts
Fauci says that for ppl who have had COVID: "You get a certain level of antibody that's specific to a certain viral have some spillover immunity for sure, but it declines by a factor of 2 to 8" (I'm paraphrasing a little but that's the gist)
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17 Mar
NEW: By now, you've likely read that the stat that state lawmakers have intro'd 250+ bills to restrict voting.
At the same time, deep-blue states & Dem legislators in red states are also working to expand voting access, quietly moving the needle nationally…
On the other side of that stat (which comes from the @brennancenter), lawmakers have actually intro'd over 700 measures to *expand* voting access. But as @swerenbecker points not all bills have the same chance of passing, depending on the state context…
The experts at @voteathome said in a blog post last week that per their analysis, only 15% of all election-related bills intro'd this year would restrict mail voting specifically, arguing that we shouldn’t miss the forest for the trees…
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14 Mar
Read @ShaneGoldmacher on Cuomo: “Mr. Cuomo alienated allies and enemies alike on his way up in politics, and now finds himself sliding from hero-level worship to pariah-like status with the kind of astonishing speed that only the friendless suffer.”…
“The problem with Cuomo is no one has ever liked him,” said Richard Ravitch, a former Democratic [lt. gov] “He’s not a nice person and he doesn’t have any real friends. If you don’t have a base of support and you get into trouble, you’re dead meat.”…
“As executive director for his father’s transition team, after the 1982 victory in the governor’s race, the younger Mr. Cuomo kicked his feet up on a desk during an interview...lit a cigarette and declared, “I’ve become very popular lately.”…
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4 Mar
lots going on here...let’s start with this: a quick google search shows that nearly all states with same-day reg also require one or more forms of identification/proof of residency and those without have to vote provisionally, on top of other verification…
Also, pollbooks are a thing — in states with electronic poll-book systems, someone checking into vote in a precinct is logged throughout the whole system to prevent them from going to location to location. states also conduct post-election reviews to catch double voting
I was on a call earlier this year featuring an election official from MO, which has a notary requirement, and he said it’s actually less secure than signature match done by election officials bc there are very few qualifications to be a notary in Missouri…
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