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#3501 LFC

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 01:22 PM

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) just blocked a Senate bill that would force candidates to report foreign offers of campaign aid which, by law, are illegal. Why would she do that? Because much like Trump there are a lot of Republicans who have used and depended upon Russian support.

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At least a dozen Republican congressional campaigns used materials stolen from Democrats by Russian hackers during the 2016 election. Several other Republican campaigns received millions in contributions from an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2018, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee called on the National Republican Congressional Committee to make a bipartisan pledge not to utilize stolen or hacked information in House elections. After months of negotiations, in September of 2018, House Republicans backed out and refused to sign the pledge. These are just some of the often-overlooked reasons why Republicans have been so reluctant to criticize President Trump’s willingness to accept “dirt” on an opposing candidate from a foreign government.

One day after Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he wouldn’t necessarily go to the FBI in the event his re-election campaign is contacted by foreign groups, Senate Republicans killed legislation to safeguard American democracy from foreign interference.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., failed in his attempt to unanimously pass a bill that would require candidates to report election assistance offered by foreign governments to federal officials. Under Warner’s Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, campaigns would have to report contacts with foreign nationals who are trying to make campaign donations or coordinate with the campaign to the Federal Election Commission, which would then notify the FBI. It’s already illegal for electoral campaigns to knowingly accept help from a foreign entity or power.

“This legislation is pretty simple, even for this body. It would require that any presidential campaign that receives offers of assistance from an agent of a foreign government has an obligation to report that offer of assistance to law enforcement, specifically the FBI,” Warner said on Thursday. “We ought to make clear that if any foreign power tries to intervene again in an election, the least we can do is ask for a requirement to report it to law enforcement.”

Warner’s request for unanimous consent to pass a bill that would make it illegal not to report an offer of foreign help was blocked by Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, a Republican elected last year. (She replaced Trump critic Bob Corker, who retired rather than run again.)

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 02:22 PM

View PostLFC, on 14 June 2019 - 01:22 PM, said:

Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) just blocked a Senate bill that would force candidates to report foreign offers of campaign aid which, by law, are illegal. Why would she do that? Because much like Trump there are a lot of Republicans who have used and depended upon Russian support.

Every day we get a new and lower answer to the question "How low can Republican Senators go?"

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 02:37 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 14 June 2019 - 02:22 PM, said:

Every day we get a new and lower answer to the question "How low can Republican Senators go?"

And there seems to be no reason for them to stop now. Well, Berniebots wanted to burn it all down. Guess we're finding out what that really means.
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Posted 14 June 2019 - 03:58 PM

Bill Kristol has created a Republican group that actually advocates for the importance of our elections.

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A Republican group has created a TV ad that urges House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the rest of Congress to act against President Donald Trump.

Former Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol tweeted the footage on Thursday from Republicans for the Rule of Law, an organization in which he is a director:

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This ad from Republicans for the Rule of Law airs tomorrow. Our elected officials all take an oath to defend the Constitution. It may be hopeless to ask the president to honor his. But Congress? pic.twitter.com/JfU5a8cv1W
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 13, 2019


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The Republicans for the Rule of Law spot doesn’t call for a specific action other than to “protect our elections.” However, in a statement earlier this week, the organization said the government must protect its citizens from foreign threats.

“If the president shirks his responsibility with one eye on his personal gain, Congress needs to use its full powers ― investigative and legislative ― to protect the country,” the organization said.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 07:55 PM

View PostRue Bella, on 14 June 2019 - 02:37 PM, said:

And there seems to be no reason for them to stop now. Well, Berniebots wanted to burn it all down. Guess we're finding out what that really means.

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