March 15, 2022

Trump Accused of Violating Campaign Law

A Democratic group has accused former President Donald Trump of violating campaign finance laws, saying he spent political funds without officially announcing a 2024 presidential bid.

The Democratic super PAC American Bridge says it is filing a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

“He should have to adhere to the law in a way that all other candidates do,” said Jessica Floyd, the group’s president. “When he says ‘I’m going to do it a third time,’ that’s not flirting. That’s more than a toe dip.”

Federal finance rules dictate that anyone who raises or spends over $5,000 in an effort to support a presidential campaign must file with the FEC.

American Bridge cited a quote from Trump last year in which he said, “I know what I’m going to do, but we’re not supposed to be talking about it yet from the standpoint of campaign finance laws.”

But Trump’s camp says American Bridge’s claim has “zero merit.”

“America is spiraling into disaster because of the Democrats’ failures, and instead of reversing course, they are busy filing frivolous complaints that have zero merit,” Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich said.

Though Trump hasn’t formally declared his intentions to run in 2024, he has continued to drop hints — as recently as this past Saturday.

“In 2024 we are going to take back that beautiful, beautiful White House,” Trump said during a rally in South Carolina. “I wonder who will do that. I wonder. I wonder.”


Democratic Group Says Trump Is Breaking Campaign Law by Not Declaring for 2024

March 13, 2022

2024 Presidential Poll Has Surprising Result

A new poll from the Wall Street Journal found that President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump tied in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.

Both Biden and Trump would net 45% support from voters in a potential head-to-head in two years.

Conversely, 57% percent of respondents said they have an unfavorable view of Biden, while 55% said they had an unfavorable view of Trump.

Nearly 15% of voters have unfavorable views of both leaders.

The new poll comes as a potential 2024 rematch seems like a distinct possiblity.

Biden has said he will run for a second term if he remains healthy, and Trump has repeatedly hinted at a bid for reelection.

The Wall Street Journal poll surveyed 1,500 registered voters from March 2-7 and has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.


Biden, Democrats Lose Ground on Key Issues, WSJ Poll Finds

March 12, 2022

Bolton: ‘Putin Saw Trump Doing a Lot of His Work for Him’

John Bolton, who served as former President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, said Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t invade Ukraine while Trump was in office because “Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him.”

“I think one of the reasons that Putin did not move during Trump’s term in office was he saw the president’s hostility of NATO. It was widely reported in American media,” Bolton told SiriusXM’s Julie Mason. “And to Putin’s mind, it’s a binary proposition: a weaker NATO is a stronger Russia.”

“Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him, and thought, maybe in a second term, Trump would make good on his desire to get out of NATO, and then it would just ease Putin’s path just that much more,” Bolton added.

In 2018, Trump privately discussed the U.S. potentially withdrawing from NATO. Bolton said he believes Trump would have withdrawn from the alliance if he had won a second term.

“I thought he put his foot over it, but at least he didn’t withdraw then,” Bolton said during a virtual event with The Washington Post on Friday. “In a second Trump term, I think he may well have withdrawn from NATO. And I think Putin was waiting for that.”


Ex-Trump national security advisor John Bolton says ‘Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him,’ so he chose not to invade Ukraine

March 10, 2022

Lawmaker Charged For Repeatedly Driving With Revoked License

Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) has been charged with driving with a revoked license.

Cawthorn, 26, was pulled over by highway patrol on March 3. In addition to the misdemeanor, he faces two pending citations for speeding, highway patrol spokesperson Sgt. Marcus Bethea confirmed.

According to the citation, a trooper pulled Cawthorn over after noticing his 2019 Toyota truck cross over the median.

“The driver was identified as David Madison Cawthorn, 26 years old of Hendersonville, N.C.,” Bethea said. “During the course of the investigation it was determined that the driver’s license was in a state of revocation and he was subsequently charged with driving while license revoked.”

Hawthorn’s citations for speeding came from two separate counties, wherein he allegedly drove 89 mph in a 65-mph zone and 87 mph in a 70-mph zone.

Cawthorn was previously charged with driving with a revoked license before being elected to the House in 2017.

The maximum sentence for driving without a license is 20 days in jail, though a fine or probation is usually issued instead.


Madison Cawthorn charged with driving with revoked license for 2nd time; court dates set

March 10, 2022

Pelosi Suffers ‘Heartbreaking’ Defeat on Capitol Hill

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House Democratic leaders were forced to remove billions of dollars in coronavirus relief funding from a $1.5 trillion government package — a move that allows for the passage of the larger package but leaves the future of pandemic relief uncertain. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) confirmed the news in a Dear Colleague letter, wherein she called the defeat “heartbreaking.”

“Because of Republican insistence — and the resistance by a number of our Members to making those offsets — we will go back to the Rules Committee to remove COVID funding and accommodate the revised bill,” Pelosi wrote.

“We must proceed with the omnibus today, which includes emergency funding for Ukraine and urgent funding to meet the needs of America’s families.”

“It is heartbreaking to remove the COVID funding, and we must continue to fight for urgently needed COVID assistance, but unfortunately that will not be included in this bill.”

Though Pelosi largely blamed Republicans, The Hill reports, members of her own party ultimately forced her hand.

After a tumultuous morning of internal negotiations, lawmakers proposed to offset $15.6 billion in new pandemic relief by rescinding unspent COVID-19 funds sent to certain states as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill one year ago.

“I’m not going to tolerate that,” Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) said. “If they can pull that out, we might be able to move forward.”

“This deal was cut behind closed doors. Members found out this morning, this is completely unacceptable,” said Rep. Annie Craig (D-MN) shortly after leaving Pelosi’s office.


Democrats yank COVID relief after revolt by own members

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