NEWS: The FEC has dismissed claims that Twitter acted illegally when it blocked users from posting an unsubstantiated Hunter Biden article.

Decision not public yet but sets a precedent for future cases involving social media sites and federal campaigns.…
The suppression of the Hunter Biden story prompted a fury of conservative outrage.

But FEC, per document obtained by NYT, found that such decisions — when driven by commercial reasons — were allowed under the law.…
NEW: Per FEC doc, Twitter says it was warned by federal law enforcement that "malign state actors" might hack and release materials — and that Hunter Biden might be a specific target…

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3 Aug
BREAKING: AG Tish James: "The independent investigation has concluded that Gov Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women"
She says he broke both state and federal law
“The evidence will be made available to the public,” James says.

James is now defending the credentials of the independent investigators:

More at NYT —>…
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1 Aug
THREAD: I wanted to explain in detail why the Trump announcement that he raised $82 million in the first six months of 2021 was inaccurate, since this posted around 12 a.m.

There are still many wrong headlines about $82 million raised out there…

First, here is a screenshot of the inaccurate announcement, which explicitly says "his affiliated political committees raised nearly $82 Million during the period between January 1st and June 30th,"

The $102 million cash figure, fwiw, was spot on.

Overlapping Trump committees that transfer money make the math complicated. The 4 relevant committees:

— Trump Make America Great Again Committee (TMAGAC)
— Make America Great Again (MAGA) PAC
— Save America (SA) PAC
— Save America JFC

Let's start with TMAGAC...

Read 10 tweets
26 Jun
NEWS: The dirty little secret of online fund-raising has long been that deceptive tactics grab cash from unsuspecting seniors.

My dive into how campaigns ensnare older people — including how more $$$ was refunded to 80 year+ donors than those under 50.…
This is the story of William W. Vaughan Jr.

But also the story of countless other grandparents and aging parents...…
The reporting for this story began when reporting earlier this year on the Trump operation's prechecked recurring donation box scheme (…) — when almost everyone I interviewed who felt tricked was elderly.

I wondered why……
Read 14 tweets
14 May
NEW: The iconography of @AOC — my dive into how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s logo has formed a new graphical language for progressivism.

From KY to VA to NYC and even France, imitators abound.…
Political designers say her logo and poster's vibe has come to convey insurgency, youth, diversity, liberalism — and winning.

Unconscious branding experts say campaigns are “borrowing from all the work she has done” and triggering positive associations.…
As @Amoyforcouncil put it: “Being a young woman of color with her bright purple and the slant and her full name — she set a bar to say we don’t have to do things the same way.”…
Read 14 tweets
13 May
Zoom! And we're off!…
I will start threading debate tweets here...

The opening statements crystallized one of the big choices for voters: An outsider or an insider.

First q is on crime, which is rising in city as Democrat Party reconsiders the role of police.
Shaun Donovan's kitchen looks amazing
Read 39 tweets
6 May
NEW: The FEC has formally dropped its case looking to Trump payments to Stephanie Clifford via Michael Cohen in 2016.

The FEC Office of General Counsel had recommended further investigation.

The decision was disclosed this afternoon after a delay, per FEC policy

First, yes the FEC is slow. Cohen already went to prison.

Here is OGC report from 12/20 finding "reason to believe" further investigation warranted…
Here is the response letter from two of the Democratic commissioners:

"The Commission therefore did not have enough votes to pursue well-grounded charges..."
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