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Thu Feb 7, 2019, 07:56 PM

lawmakers investigating NRA contributions

During the 2014 election cycle, the NRA began steering tens of million of campaign ad dollars through Starboard Strategic, a media strategy firm that appears to exist in name only and works exclusively for the gun group. Since then, the NRA has used Starboard to provide supposedly independent support for a half-dozen Republican senatorial campaigns that were using OnMessage as an ad vendor. The Trace’s reporting, co-published with Politico, demonstrated that Starboard and OnMessage seem to be functionally indistinguishable — they share the same officers and address, and there is no evidence that Starboard has any of its own employees.

Outside groups and campaigns can use common vendors, but the law prohibits their employees from sharing election-related information, like plans for television advertisements or messaging strategy. When that line is crossed, the outside group’s expenditures are no longer independent, and are instead considered direct contributions subject to limits of $5,000 per candidate. Typically, common vendors prevent illegal coordination by making employees sign a “firewall” policy agreeing to follow the law. Despite repeated requests, the NRA and the vendors named in this article have not provided any details about firewall agreements and how they were enforced.



The Trace also reported that the NRA’s ad blitz on behalf of Donald Trump in 2016 was orchestrated by employees of the same firm that the Trump campaign used, resulting in the same pool of strategists buying ads for both Trump and the NRA in the same markets at the same time — seemingly an obvious violation of coordination rules. Federal Communication Commission records show that the NRA spent millions of dollars placing ads through Red Eagle Media, which, according to corporate paperwork, is actually a fictitious business name for National Media Research, Planning and Placement. At the same time, Trump was placing ads through American Media & Advocacy Group (AMAG), a National Media affiliate. The records show that, on numerous occasions, National Media’s chief financial officer, Jon Ferrell, was signing off on placements for Trump as an AMAG employee and for the NRA as a Red Eagle employee.

Among other things, Whitehouse and Raskin are asking the firms and the NRA for details of their firewall policies, documents concerning contracts, and communications between the various named entities. The letters conclude by asking the recipients to retain any information “relevant to this inquiry.”

“When outside spenders coordinate their campaign buys, strategies and messages with political candidates, their expenditures become illegal campaign contributions,” Raskin told The Trace. “Senator Whitehouse and I are trying to determine whether there was a deliberate effort by the NRA and its agents to coordinate with the Trump campaign and other candidates.

https://www.thetrace.org/2019/02/nra-congressional-inquiry-illegal-coordination/

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Response to orson (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:02 PM

1. 'Nra...tens of millions! 4500 in facebook ads!!!'

*yawn*

I imagine you expect everyone to forget crooked meemaws 1.2 billion dollar campaign, and the opposition research she funded from russians.

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Response to Nostrings (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:03 PM

6. Hillary and her Clinton Machine are totally above the rule of law. ...

The FBI, DOJ, CIA, NSA and every other alphabet agency in Washington D.C. will bend over backwards to cover up their corruption and crimes.

If Hillary and her machine ever go down they will reveal ALL the scandals that have been going on in the Swamp for the last few decades. They will take half of the Swamp with them. It would the best thing to happen in our nation in the last 50 years but it will NEVER happen.

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Response to orson (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:04 PM

2. So this is all your fucking party is going to do until the end of time eh?

Investigate this, investigate that, waste unspeakable sums of time and money, sit on your asses doing nothing productive, just wonderful for the country gang.

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Response to msv (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:19 PM

4. they are worthless commie bastards, their only path forward is generating false propaganda for

consumption by the stupid half of the voter pool who they know are too damned dumb or lazy to figure it out

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Response to msv (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:37 PM

10. You got it

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Response to orson (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 08:25 PM

14. Then why would anyone vote to reelect?

What purpose do they serve?

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Response to orson (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:07 PM

3. Someone actually cares?

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Response to orson (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 08:55 PM

5. Gee Orson. Too bad the contributions were prefectly legal.

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Response to orson (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:44 PM

7. Ah yes, the Trace, Bloomerg's gun grabbing PR outlet

No reason not to believe them about the NRA right? They're certainly unbiased.

How fucking stupid do you have to be to pay attention to anything those lying weasels say?

Answer: Pretty damned stupid

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Response to orson (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 09:49 PM

8. Nothing like a good long investigation between elections.

They should do many of them, just to prove how the laws are complied with.

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Response to orson (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:35 PM

9. Given the amount of money Planned Parenthood gives,

compared to the NRA, let's investigate both.

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Response to orson (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:31 AM

11. Are you little stalinist thugs trying to redo with the NRA what you did to the TEA party with

Obama's IRS?

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Response to fuel (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:42 PM

13. Stop inserting power tools into your rectum. It's dangerous!

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Response to orson (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 10:16 PM

15. It'll take the NRA 15 years to match Planned Parenthood's for one year

But that's entirely different of course.

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