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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:51 AM

Documents Show NRA and Republican Candidates Coordinated Ads in Key Senate Races

Source: Mother Jones




“You do this if you think no one is going to investigate,” says a former federal regulator.

CHRISTOPHER HOOKS AND MIKE SPIES JANUARY 11, 2019 6:00 AM

The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated its political advertising with Republican candidates in at least three recent high-profile US Senate races, according to Federal Communications Commission records. In Senate races in Missouri and Montana in 2018 and North Carolina in 2016, the gun group’s advertising blitzes on behalf of GOP candidates Josh Hawley, Matt Rosendale, and Richard Burr were authorized by the very same media consultant that the candidates themselves used—an apparent violation of laws designed to prevent independent groups from synchronizing their efforts with political campaigns.

In December, the Trace and Mother Jones reported on a similar pattern of coordination between the NRA and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. In that case, Trump and the NRA hired affiliates of the same company—National Media Research, Planning and Placement—to direct their ad spending. Employees of that firm, operating under different corporate identities, placed ads for both Trump and the NRA on television stations across the country, with the apparent goal of reinforcing each other’s message.

Representatives of National Media, operating under the name Red Eagle Media, also bought ads on behalf of the NRA in support of some of the group’s preferred Senate candidates, and simultaneously bought ads for those Senate candidates while acting as a supposedly separate entity called American Media & Advocacy Group (AMAG). In at least 10 instances across the Missouri, Montana, and North Carolina races, FCC records show that ad purchases for both the NRA and the Senate campaigns were authorized by National Media chief financial officer Jon Ferrell.

Campaign finance laws bar outside groups from sharing any election-related information—including advertising strategy—with the candidates they support. While it is not illegal for independent groups and campaigns to use the same vendors, the Federal Election Commission requires consultants to prevent staffers from sharing information, usually through the creation of internal “firewalls.”

Read more: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/nra-republicans-campaign-ads-senate-josh-hawley/

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Reply Documents Show NRA and Republican Candidates Coordinated Ads in Key Senate Races (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 11 OP
The Liberal Lion Jan 11 #1
Mc Mike Jan 11 #2
mpcamb Jan 11 #29
Botany Jan 11 #3
Perseus Jan 11 #4
Crutchez_CuiBono Jan 11 #10
NewJeffCT Jan 11 #20
cstanleytech Jan 11 #5
Achilleaze Jan 11 #6
lark Jan 11 #7
Crutchez_CuiBono Jan 11 #9
usaf-vet Jan 11 #12
Crutchez_CuiBono Jan 11 #8
aggiesal Jan 11 #18
Crutchez_CuiBono Jan 11 #19
aggiesal Jan 11 #22
Crutchez_CuiBono Jan 11 #23
mickswalkabout41 Jan 11 #11
shockey80 Jan 11 #13
Crutchez_CuiBono Jan 11 #21
Nitram Jan 11 #26
Equinox Moon Jan 11 #14
Tribalceltic Jan 11 #15
2naSalit Jan 11 #16
Tanuki Jan 11 #17
Nitram Jan 11 #24
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dalton99a Jan 11 #25
C_U_L8R Jan 11 #27
tblue37 Jan 11 #28
mastermind Jan 11 #30
calimary Jan 12 #31

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:53 AM

1. Add to it that the NRA used money from Russians to pay for the ads

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:55 AM

2. Disgusting, dangerous traitors. rec, Nt

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:20 PM

29. So somebody somewhere take them to court. There's a money trail- Russia to Republicans.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:57 AM

3. Ohio's Rob Portman, "Come on down."

And where did the NRA get the money to run those ads? Russia.

And BTW those senators might have also used the same polling guy
that is linked to Paul Manafort/Russia/Ukraine/GRU.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:01 AM

4. The BIG question is

Are they going to be made accountable? Are they going to be fined, taken out of their positions, jailed? Including the NRA, or is this going to get lost in the 100s discoveries made everyday about corruption from this administration, republican party and their donors?

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Response to Perseus (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:50 AM

10. TY. I hope so.

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Response to Perseus (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:22 PM

20. I'm guessing

a few low level staffers may get slaps on the wrist and the campaigns will have to pay some fines, but that's about it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:06 AM

5. The Repugnant candidates need to be criminally charged regardless if they won or not and

none of them should be allowed to get away with just a slap on the wrist if of course they knew about it before it happened.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:10 AM

6. skuzzball R traitors

pissing on USA

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:35 AM

7. Yes, Russia and Repugs stole the 2016 election, but how does this get fixed?

Pence and drumpf get thrown out of office for criminal conspiracy with a hostile foreign power to change the results of an election and violated campaign finance laws as well. All should be thrown out of office - everyone who took Russian NRA $$, which definitely includes McConnell, new elections are called to replace the traitors who used to be in Congress. All groups have to disclose all donors for elections, both their names and the company they represent. Re-instate in-kind advertising for political issues and races. President-to-be Pelosi could then declare a national emergency, pass sweeping national anti-gerrymandering laws that have to be implemented within 90 days, prior to the special election, sweeping voting rights changes to end subversive and racist database use to stop voting, laws that all candidates for federal office have to release 10 years of tax returns. She could also include a gun national emergency and stop all sales of assault rifles like AR-15, all sales of extended magazines, all gun sales go through background checks, CDC studies information and reports annually on this, no more than 1 gun purchase a year, all guns require safety locks to be sold. To resolve the immigration issue, any company that hires an illegal alien will be fined on a progressive basis and jailed if instances mount. Fix DACA, increase inspection of all vehicles coming into USA, and give path to citizenship. If no one hires non-citizens, they won't come. SCOTUS - install 2 new SCOTUS after corrective elections held and impeach Kavarape for criminal actions when they are proven to have happened.

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Response to lark (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:49 AM

9. +100

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Response to lark (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:39 AM

12. Ditto

I especially like the idea of taking back the SCOTUS stolen seat and the seat held by the lying, beer drinking, sex offender.

Both seats should be considered "fruit of the poisonous tree".

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:48 AM

8. "Regulators.....Mount up!!"

The loss of regulations has seriously weakened our country.

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Response to Crutchez_CuiBono (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:19 PM

18. I stopped using the word "Regulations" ...

Instead I now use "Protections"
The loss of PROTECTIONS has seriously weakened our country.
Less protection, more vulnerabilities.

To me, "regulations" means restrictive. Which is what the GOP wants everyone to think.
"Protections" on the other hand, means caring. And we all know, GOP does not care about anyone.

So, we should all stop using the word regulations, and start using the word protections.

It drives my RWNJ friends, crazy.
They mention anything about regulations, I respond with the quesiton
"Don't you mean PROTECTIONS?"

BTW, love your name.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:21 PM

19. Thank you. That's good advice.

I posted a song last night w 'regulators' in it. I went a little afield w that in the post above. Heh heh. Have a good weekend.

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Response to Crutchez_CuiBono (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:26 PM

22. Imagine if the song had the word PROTECTORS instead of regulators ...

Have a great weekend.

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Response to aggiesal (Reply #22)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:38 PM

23. Ty. It's meant to be taken w a grain of salt anyway, but,

it mainly refers to the movie "Young Guns" and the hard justice angle. Woot.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 10:55 AM

11. And we wonder why republicans have been silent.

Bought and paid for with Russian bribes. Lock them up.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:43 AM

13. Citizens United, opened the door to corruption.

The Democrats must make this a campaign issue.

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Response to shockey80 (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:22 PM

21. +1

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Response to shockey80 (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:17 PM

26. This is not related to Citizens United as much it is to the right's attacks on the IRS for

investigating non-profit charities for political activity. The right launched an all-out attack on the IRS claiming that they had singled out conservative organizations, when in fact they had investigated both right and left-leaning charities. So the IRS back off enforcing laws against political activity by non-profits. I'm glad to see investigative journalists have taken up the issue..

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 11:56 AM

14. The corruption is off the charts!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:01 PM

15. CONspiracy!

to manipulate an election.

If only there were a law against it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:05 PM

16. Now there's a connection as wide as an 8 lane Interstate...nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 12:07 PM

17. Then there's Sen.Moscow Marsha Blackburn and her campaign president's links to spy Alexander Torshin

https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/times/story/2018/jul/30/sohn-nras-russilink-hties-blackburn/475893/

..."Since March, she has been reading more and more headlines and stories that link her longtime friend and former campaign president, attorney G. Kline Preston IV, to the NRA/Maria Butina Russian money and election meddling questions.

The Tennessean has reported that in addition to representing Blackburn on campaign finance questions, Preston has claimed Alexander Torshin as a Russian client and longtime friend. Torshin is the prominent Russian politician with close ties to President Vladimir Putin who is now under scrutiny for illegally channeling Russian funds through the National Rifle Association in an effort to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. According to the Tennessean, Preston first introduced Torshin to then-president of the NRA David Keene in 2011, and the pair attended the NRA's annual convention in Nashville in 2015.

Blackburn, a U.S. House of Representatives member since 2002 and now a Tennessee Senate candidate seeking Bob Corker's open seat, is a longtime NRA supporter and recipient of at least $34,700 in NRA donations, according to opensecrets.com, which tracks campaign donations. According to the Washington Post, Blackburn received the most NRA money since 2002 of any Tennessee Congress member. As in most campaign finance snapshots, that total listed for her includes only donations, not any possible expenditures by the NRA to oppose her challengers.

But by widening the lens, the NRA money picture gets a bit darker. The NRA spent $30 million on Trump's campaign in 2016 and another $40 million in various efforts to lobby and help elect Republicans, according to a recent New Republic report.

Now the arrest of Maria Butina, an alleged Russia spy who is said to have infiltrated the National Rifle Association, has turned up the heat on the NRA, Preston and Blackburn. Butina's indictment charging her with conspiring to influence American politics means further scrutiny into the NRA and its money trail. Although that investigation seems now primarily to be focused on the 2016 presidential election, the probe's fallout already is complicating the campaigns of Trump-clinging Republicans such as Blackburn, who also took NRA money and continues to court the NRA's support.

.......

After Vice President Mike Pence appeared at a Chattanooga fundraiser for Blackburn last weekend, the Tennessee Democratic Party raised new questions, as reported by WRCB:

"Going back to her 2007 meeting with Russian diplomat Igor Matveev, Marsha Blackburn has a more than decade-long history of meeting with Russian nationals on Tennessee soil. In 2012, she met with accused spy master Alexander Torshin when he visited Williamson County — her home county — as an election observer, squired by her former campaign president, attorney, and friend G. Kline Preston IV. Blackburn's actions speak much louder than her words," said Democratic Party spokesman Mark Brown."...(more)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:11 PM

24. I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:14 PM

25. .

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:17 PM

27. So what's the punishment?

In a just world, they’d at least lose their non-profit status.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:19 PM

28. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 01:22 PM

30. Criminal NRA caught breaking more laws. nt

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2019, 01:14 PM

31. Bookmarking.

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