South Carolina's Jaime Harrison throwing new PAC weight behind Democrats. First stop: Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Proving he can raise money beyond his own run, South Carolina’s Jaime Harrison is launching a new political action committee that will raise funds for Democratic efforts following his Senate campaign that raised more than $130 million.The first spending phase of Harrison’s the Dirt Road PAC will start in Georgia, a state that went blue this year by voting for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and where two U.S. Senate races could give Democrats control in both Capitol chambers.Harrison named his group the Dirt Road PAC after a story he told while on the campaign trail where...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Kimberly Guilfoyle's sex talk with Trump Jr. made donors uncomfortable, report says
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The autopsies have begun on Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden, and a lengthy report by Politico this weekend spotlighted Kimberly Guilfoyle’s role as a fund-raiser, which insiders told the publication was lacking in both discipline and professionalism.The former Fox News host and one-time first lady of San Francisco is Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and a senior campaign adviser, who was tasked with being one of the president’s top fundraisers. Under Guilfoyle’s leadership, Trump’s finance team “couldn’t compete with Biden’s small-dollar fundraising machine,” Politico reported...
The Mercury News
Washington tribes find new energy to vote in 2020 election, pour campaign cash into races
LUMMI NATION — Freddie Lane gathered up T-shirts, posters and signs at the tribal administration building, getting ready for a Native Vote 2020 rally, planned for later this month at Lummi and reservations across the state.All over the get-out-the-vote swag was the image of a woman, stoic and resolute.She is “Lummi Woman,” as the haunting photo made by Edward Curtis in 1899 is called. She was photographed in the midst of historic change after her people in 1855 signed a treaty with the United States, ceding vast swaths of their land. Yet the nation’s first people were the last to receive citiz...
The Seattle Times
Former Rep. Duncan Hunter to serve sentence at West Texas prison camp
SAN DIEGO — Former Rep. Duncan Hunter will serve his 11-month sentence for conspiring to misuse campaign funds at a West Texas prison camp, his attorney said Friday.Hunter is scheduled to report to Federal Correctional Institute La Tuna on Jan. 4. The prison is in the El Paso suburb of Anthony, on the Texas-New Mexico state line. He will serve in its adjacent minimum-security satellite camp, according to CQ Roll Call.Hunter’s attorney, Devin Burstein, on Friday confirmed the report that Hunter had been assigned to the facility.Hunter fought a 60-count indictment for more than a year before ple...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Hypocrites United: In the spirit of Citizens United, documentarians release 'Totally Under Control'; more power to them
In 2008, a conservative nonprofit organization, Citizens United, tried releasing its anti-Hillary Clinton documentary “Hillary: The Movie.” It was set to air as video on demand close to a key Democratic presidential primary — except that was banned under the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, usually called McCain-Feingold, as “electioneering communication.”In a 5-4 decision in 2010, the Supreme Court would hold that no law could constitutionally prevent Citizens United from airing its documentary or advertising it. The First Amendment’s protections of free speech were a higher value, even if tha...
New York Daily News
Ethics complaints filed against South Carolina's Graham after he sought donations in Senate building
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Democratic Party leaders say they have filed an ethics complaint against Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham after he promoted his campaign website this week in a Senate office building saying he needed to close a fundraising gap.It was one of two complaints filed against Graham with the Senate Ethics Committee on Thursday, according to groups that filed them. The second came from the Washington, D.C., based Campaign Legal Center.On Wednesday, Graham responded to a reporter’s question about how Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing would...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Graham campaign sets a Senate Republican fundraising record in SC's competitive race
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham brought in $28 million during the third quarter, an all time record for Senate Republicans.The amount is still about half of the $57 million raised by Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison raised in third quarter.Most of the money in the race has come from outside of the state.“Senator Graham is incredibly grateful for the tremendous support he has received,” said T.W. Arrighi, the communications director for Graham’s campaign. “Our campaign will have the resources we need to get our message out to voters, which is especially important now that un...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Judge tells Rochester mayor she'll get no special treatment if convicted on campaign finance, fraud charges
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, a onetime rising star in the Democratic Party who faces corruption charges that could end her career — and land her behind bars — appeared in a Monroe County courtroom Monday to plead not guilty to all charges.Warren, 43, is accused of bypassing campaign contribution limits when she successfully ran for reelection as mayor in 2017.Cayuga County Judge Thomas Leone will preside over her case in Monroe County to possibly avoid any judicial ties to the mayor.“In my 14 years on the bench, I’ve never told my administrative judge ‘no,’ so here I am in ...
New York Daily News
Guest says Minn. fundraiser with Trump 'very safely done'
MINNEAPOLIS — A St. Paul philanthropist and political donor who attended a Shorewood fundraiser with President Donald Trump shortly before his COVID-19 diagnosis was revealed said Saturday that guests were all tested beforehand and were careful about social distancing.“It was very safely done,” said Helene Houle, who paid $100,000 to attend the president’s fundraiser Wednesday at the Lake Minnetonka home of Minnesota business leader Marty Davis.Houle said in a phone interview that guests were told to arrive at least an hour ahead of start time and to wait in their cars.“They gave us the test i...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Bloomberg raises big bucks to help Florida's ex-felons vote. We'll take a little credit for that
Last week, the Miami Herald Editorial Board urged Michael Bloomberg to “write a big old check” to help ex-felons in Florida vote in the presidential election. The editorial was picked up by several national outlets.This week, he announced that he has raised almost $20 million for the cause. Bravo!After decades of being denied the right to vote, most former prisoners in the state still are being denied access to the ballot box, even though, in 2018, a solid majority of voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing them to cast a ballot. Gov. DeSantis and the Republican Legislature erected...