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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Revealing The Hidden Money Behind Midterm Campaigns

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

Allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a blind spot in campaign finance laws to undercut a candidate from their own party this year — and their fingerprints remained hidden until the primary was already over.

Super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited sums of money in elections, are supposed to regularly disclose their funders. But in the case of Mountain Families PAC, Republicans managed to spend $1.3 million against Don Blankenship, a mustachioed former coal baron who was a wild-card candidate for a must-win West Virginia Senate seat, in May without revealing who was supplying the cash.



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Good-Bye To 6 Republicans Who Won’t Be Missed

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Voters flocked to the polls in 2018 to usher in a new Democratic House majority, which also meant kicking dozens of Republicans to the curb.

There’s a lot to look forward to in the new Democratic-led Congress, from bold new reforms to tough new oversight over the Trump administration.

Another thing to look forward to is that several of the worst Republicans in Congress will finally, finally, be out of office.

As preparations continue for the new Congress, we wanted to wish an especially un-fond farewell to these six terrible Republican lawmakers:

Paul Ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan’s tenure as leader of the Republican Party is likely one of the most colossal failures in congressional history.…

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House Democrats Won’t Seat ‘Victor’ In Tainted NC Election

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has confirmed Congress will not seat Mark Harris, the GOP candidate for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

“Given the now well-documented election fraud that took place in NC-09, Democrats would object to any attempt by Harris to be seated on January 3,” said Hoyer in a statement. “In this instance, the integrity of our democratic process outweighs concerns about the seat being vacant at the start of the new Congress.”

The election in North Carolina’s 9th District is now the subject of a criminal investigation, as affidavits and testimony revealed that a man hired by the Harris campaign, local strategist Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., sent paid ballot harvesters to the homes of absentee ballot voters — including elderly people of color — and illegally delivered the ballots to the campaign.…

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