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Monday, September 28, 2020

The Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission Tuesday accusing the Trump campaign of "laundering" $170 million through numerous companies, some with connections to former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale. read more


Friday, September 25, 2020

Since its launch June 1, the STAR van has responded to more than 350 calls, replacing police in matters that don't threaten public safety and are often connected to unmet mental or physical needs. read more


The Republican members of the state elections board who resigned in protest earlier this week gave the public false information, the board's leader said in an emergency meeting Friday. read more


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Unlike most of the speakers at the Trump rally at Ace Speedway on Saturday, Jesse Hursey wore a suit. His black leather shoes shone. His hair was carefully brushed back. The satiny red tie he wore over a light blue shirt flapped in the breeze. Hursey faced the racetrack stands. A crowd gathered around. "First of all, I'm a Christian," Hursey said, his voice rising and falling with a preacher's practiced cadence. "Second of all, I'm a Republican. And in that order." Later the same day, Hursey drove a pickup truck through Elon, shouting "White power!"


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"The Trump campaign and Trump Make America Great Again Committee disguised nearly $170 million of campaign spending by laundering the funds through firms," the complaint claims.

It adds that the firms are "headed by Trump's recent campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and/or created by Trump campaign lawyers."

The complaint alleges that the Trump campaign paid millions of dollars to campaign-connected vendors without reporting those payments to the FEC, specifically honing in on American Made Media Consultants (AMMC), a firm created by Parscale, which has been paid over $106 million, making it the campaigns largest vendor.

AMMC was ostensibly created to circumvent media buyers, but the complaint points to FCC records that show the campaign has used media buying firm Harris Sikes to place some of its ads, alleging the campaign is "failing to report payments to the firms and is instead using AMMC as a conduit for its payments to the firms."

The complaint also points to an app called Phunware, which Parscale has said was created and is "directly owned" by the campaign, but which has never appeared in the campaign's spending reports because, as the complaint alleges, it was paid through AMMC.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh denied the charges made in the complaint, telling Forbes, "The campaign reports all payments to AMMC as required by the FEC. The campaign complies with all campaign finance laws and FEC regulations."

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