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New FEC Complaint Calls Out Widespread Illegal Coordination By Republican Groups PDF Print E-mail
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Written by American Democracy Press   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:57
The American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a supplemental complaint with the FEC against numerous Republican political campaigns and state parties, in addition to Data Trust, the RNC, American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, and i360, alleging illegal coordination.

The new complaint targets more than two dozen campaigns and state parties, including McFadden for Senate, Steve Daines for Montana, Cotton for Senate, Tom Reed for Congress, Scott Rigell for Congress, McSally for Congress, the Arizona Republican Party, the Montana Republican State Central Committee, and the West Virginia Republican Party, Inc., in addition to the RNC, American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS, Americans for Prosperity, GOP Data Trust LLC, and i360 LLC.

ADLF's previous related complaint is available here, and the new complaint is available in full below and here. The American Democracy Legal Fund holds candidates for office accountable for possible ethics and/or legal violations. It was established by David Brock and is run by Brad Woodhouse.

BEFORE THE

FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION

 

American Democracy Legal Fund

455 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20001

Complainant,

v.

 

Republican National Committee

310 First Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

 

American Crossroads

P.O. Box 34414

Washington, DC 20043

 

Crossroads GPS

P.O. Box 34413

Washington, DC 20043

 

Americans for Prosperity

2111 Wilson Blvd, Suite #350

Arlington, VA 22201

 

GOP Data Trust LLC

735 8th Street SE, Suite #200

Washington, DC 20003

 

i360, LLC

2300 Clarendon Blvd, Suite #800

Arlington, VA 22201

 

Arizona Republican Party

Timothy Lee, Treasurer

3501 North 24th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85016

 

Montana Republican State Central Committee

Debra Brown, Treasurer

PO Box 935

Helena, MT 59624

 

West Virginia Republican Party, Inc.

Michelle Wilshere, Treasurer

700 Washington Street – East Suite 201

Charleston, WV 25301

 

Andrew Walter

Andrew Walter for Congress

Chris Marston, Treasurer

PO Box 13321

Tempe, AZ 85284

 

Ben Sasse

Ben Sasse for US Senate Inc.

Mark Fahleson, Treasurer

105 East 6th Street

Fremont, NE 68025

 

Bob Goodlatte

Bob Goodlatte for Congress Committee

Kenneth Lorenz Prickitt, Treasurer

PO Box 292

Roanoke, VA 24002

 

Bobby Schilling

Bobby Schilling for Congress

Mitch Heckenkam, Treasurer

367 Avenue of the Cities – Suite D

East Moline, IL 61244

 

Carl DeMaio

Carl DeMaio for Congress

PO Box 27227

San Diego, CA 92198

 

Elizabeth Cheney

Cheney for Wyoming

Mark Vincent, Treasurer

961 Recluse Ct

Casper, WY 82609

 

Tom Cotton

Cotton for Senate

Bradley Crate, Treasurer

PO Box 379

Dardanelle, AR 72834

 

Doug Ose

Doug Ose for Congress

Vona Copp, Treasurer

9321 Silverbend Lake

Elk Grove, CA 95624

 

Elise Stefanik

Elise for Congress

James Morris, Treasurer

PO Box 338

Willsboro, NY 12996

 

Paul Dietzel

Friends of Dietzel

Brandon Lagarde, Treasurer

PO Box 286

Baton Rouge, LA 70821

 

Karen Handel

Handel for Senate Inc.

Roger Santi, Treasurer

3970 Old Milton Parkway

Alpharetta, GA 30005

 

William Hurd

Hurd for Congress

Bradley Crate

PO Box 656

Helotes, TX 78023

 

Steve Lonegan

Lonegan for Senate Inc.

Scott B. Mackenzie, Treasurer

38 East Ridgewood Ave - Suite 181

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

 

Lynn Jenkins

Lynn Jenkins for Congress, Inc.

Paul Kilgore, Treasurer

PO Box 727

Huntington, WV 25711

 

Matt Rosendale

Matt Rosendale for Montana

Bill Vancanagan, Treasurer

1954 Hwy. 16

Glendive, MT 59330

 

Mike McFadden

McFadden for Senate

Paul Kilgore, Treasurer

PO Box 4039

Saint Paul, MN 55104

 

Martha McSally

McSally for Congress

James Thomas III, Treasurer

PO Box 19128

Tucson, AZ 85731

 

Mike Turner

Mike Turner for Congress

Kyle Walton Denham, Treasurer

615 N. Hudson – Suite 320

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

 

Rob Wittman

Rob Wittman for Congress

Steve Ralls, Treasurer

PO Box 999

Montross, VA 22520

 

Matt Schultz

Schultz for Iowa

David Overholtzer, Treasurer

PO Box 3522

Urbandale, IA 50323

 

Scott Rigell

Scott Rigell for Congress

Joseph B. Wood, Jr., Treasurer

915 First Colonial Road – Suite 100

Virginia Beach, VA 23454

 

Steve Daines

Steve Daines for Montana

Lorna Kuney, Treasurer

PO Box 1598

Helena, MT 59624

 

Dan Sullivan

Sullivan for US Senate

Eric Campbell, Treasurer

3705 Arctic Blvd. #447

Anchorage, AK 99503

 

Tom Reed

Tom Reed for Congress

Marc Valerio, Treasurer

PO Box 10847

Rochester, NY 14610

 

Respondents.

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL COMPLAINT

The American Democracy Legal Fund files this complaint with the Federal Election Commission (the “FEC” or “Commission”) under 2 U.S.C. § 437g(a)(1) against the above named respondents (collectively “Respondents”) for numerous violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (the “Act”).  This complaint supplements a previous complaint submitted to the Commission on October 14, 2014, regarding millions of dollars in illegal “coordinated communications” facilitated through the ongoing, real-time exchange of non-public strategic campaign and party data with groups making purportedly “independent” expenditures (the “Complaint”).

As detailed in the Complaint, the RNC has created a for-profit entity, the Data Trust, charged with maintaining and sharing a vast database of information about hundreds of millions of Americans for Republican parties and campaigns.  The Data Trust not only operates the RNC’s voter file, however, but also provides the same data to American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS, and numerous other outside organizations that are legally required to operate independently of the Republican Party and its candidates.  Moreover, the RNC and the Data Trust have recently partnered with i360, a data management firm that supplies voter information to other conservative organizations, including the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity (“AFP”), one of the largest outside organizations supporting the Republican Party.

The Data Trust and i360 have implemented technical upgrades that allow the RNC, Republican campaigns, and any outside groups subscribing to either the Data Trust’s or i360’s voter database to not only “access voter information anytime . . . but update it instantly, so others viewing the voter lists can see the information immediately.”[1] According to the terms of Data Trust/i360  partnership,

Clients of either The Data Trust or i360 can improve the data shared with all clients.  For example, if a client of either company conducting voter outreach identifies a voter attribute or preference, clients of the other organization will benefit from that information.  As a result, conservative groups and campaigns will have more information about voters at their disposal for their own activities than ever before.[2]

 
Bruce Braley to Highlight Plans to Fight for All Iowa Families, Hold Grassroots Events with Hillary Rodham Clinton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 12:42
Boone, IA – October 29, 2014, Bruce Braley will continue to highlight his plans to fight for all Iowa families, not just the wealthiest few, at canvass kickoffs and grassroots events in Boone and Marshalltown.

Braley will meet with local volunteers and grassroots organizers and encourage all Iowans to vote early. Voting early is the simplest and easiest way to cast a ballot. Iowans can vote early in person from now until November 3. For more information about early voting locations, visit vote.brucebraley.com.

While Bruce works to put Iowa families first, Joni Ernst has made it clear that she stands with millionaires, billionaires and special interests with her out-of-step plans to privatize Social Security, end federal student aid, and protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. In contrast, Bruce is fighting to protect and strengthen Social Security, reduce the burden of college costs, and fight for tax breaks for the middle class.

Later in the day, Braley will be joined by Hillary Rodham Clinton for grassroots events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

TOMORROW, October 29, 2014
10:00am Braley meets with local volunteers, grassroots organizers in Boone
Jim Mowrer Campaign Office
707 Story Street
Boone, IA
11:30am Braley meets with local activists, grassroots volunteers in Marshalltown
Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Office
127 E. Main Street
Marshalltown, IA
12:45pm
(Doors open)
Braley for Iowa Grassroots Event with Hillary Rodham Clinton
IBEW Local 405 Hall
1211 Wiley Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
4:45pm
(Doors open)
Braley for Iowa Grassroots Event with Hillary Rodham Clinton
RiverCenter, Atrium
136 E. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA

NOTE: Members of the press who have requested credentials for the grassroots events with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Cedar Rapids and Davenport will receive a confirmation email TODAY with further information. 

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‘Calibration issue’ pops up on voting machines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dustin Hurst   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:34

By Kenric Ward (Watchdog.org)

Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland.

“When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” Donna Hamilton said.

“This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the ‘x’ to stay on my real selection,” the Frederick, Md., resident said last week.

Queen Anne County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he encountered the problem, too, personally.

“This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well,” Hofmann, a Republican, wrote in an email Sunday evening.

READ ALSO: Group sues over ‘illegal’ voters.

Two other Maryland voters reported the same in Anne Arundel County on Friday.

A similar vote switch turned up in Chicago earlier last week.

Illinois Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to the Schaumburg Public Library last Monday to vote for himself. “Instead, it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan told Watchdog.org.

“You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat,” Moynihan said.

He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

READ ALSO: Labor unions squeeze teachers for $27 million.

Back in Maryland, two voters in Anne Arundel County experienced the same problem: A Diebold touchscreen voting machine switched their Republican votes to Democrats. The voters had to cancel their votes and start over.

Joe Torre, election director in Anne Arundel, called it a “calibration issue” involving a single machine.

Hamilton said she notified officials of the problem she encountered at the Frederick County Center, where she voted. “I’m not sure what was done about it. If someone is not paying close attention, they could end up voting for the wrong candidate,” she said.

Kenric Ward is a national reporter for Watchdog.org and chief of the Virginia Bureau. Contact him at (571) 319-9824. @Kenricward

 
ABATE backs Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Smith   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:31

MOLINE- A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) endorsed Senator Mike Jacobs in the 36th Senate District.

ABATE of Illinois is dedicated to preserving the rights of all motorcyclists - and ATV riders. Jacobs received an A plus rating based on his legislative record of voting on important ABATE issues.

"ABATE stands for freedom and less government intrusion in our lives- values Mike Jacobs shares," said Neal Toepfer, ABATE PAC Treasurer. “Mike has always been a friend of ABATE and we are glad to throw our support behind his reelection campaign.”

ABATE sponsors numerous rider education programs and is a leading advocate for motorcycle education and safety, but they strongly believe that safety is the result of educated riders and drivers, not government mandates that impinge on personal freedom.

" I’m thankful for ABATE’s support this November. Their endorsement makes a real difference on the campaign trail," said Mike Jacobs. "I have been fortunate enough to have ABATE's support in the past and look forward to continuing to work together."

The organization represents over 12,000 motorcycle riders across the state in 60 chapters, committed to preserving individual rights. ABATE is one of the more effective political and legislative grassroots advocacy groups in the state, having consistently prevented the legislature from imposing government restrictions on the rights of riders.

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BRAD ANDERSON BOUGHT BY OUTSIDE INTERESTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pate for Iowa   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:01

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate called attention to the dramatic disparity between where he and his opponent get their financial support.

"Mr. Anderson's campaign is bought and paid for by liberal out of state interests who oppose a voter ID requirement.  Of his contributors, 66% of them do not reside in the state of Iowa where voters overwhelmingly support a common sense voter ID requirement as I do," Pate said.

In the latest financial disclosure period, the Anderson for Iowa committee reported 3,942 contributors with 2,587 of them having out of state addresses.  Not included in that total is the $400,000 in negative attack ads on television paid for by the Democrat PAC iVote which is based in Washington, DC.

Pate, "The integrity of Iowa's elections process should not be put at risk by out of state special interests.  Over 95% of my campaign's financial contributors are from Iowa voters and not from outside interests who want to control Iowa's elections for partisan political reasons."

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.

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