16 Oct 2018
19 foreign nationals charged with illegal voting during 2016 election – Fox News, 2018/10/16
Nineteen foreign nationals have been charged with illegal voting in the 2016 election, the Justice Department said Friday.
The defendants are from numerous countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nigeria and Germany.
Some of them were charged in an indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Wilmington, N.C. They were accused of filing a false claim of citizenship in order to register, and then voting.
The Justice Department said the grand jury also returned an indictment against a 20th person, 66-year-old Denslo Allen Paige, for allegedly aiding and abetting another defendant, Espinosa-Pena, in falsely claiming United States citizenship in order to register to vote.
12 Oct 2018
Not sure if this made the news rounds yesterday…
N.Y. man charged in Election Day plot to detonate 200 lb. bomb on National Mall – Washington Times, 2018/10/10
A New York man who authorities say built a 200-pound bomb to detonate on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on election day was arrested and charged Wednesday.
Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, New York, now faces federal charges of manufacturing an explosive device, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
“As alleged, Paul M. Rosenfeld concocted a twisted plan to draw attention to his political ideology by killing himself on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., — risking harm to many others in the process,” said Geoffrey S. Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Mr. Rosenfeld has been charged with one count of unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device and one count of interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive. He could face up to 10 years for each charge.
I found a writing of his if anyone wants further info on who he is.
The Extinction of Politics – Scribd, Oct. 2014
22 Aug 2018
via Scribd – 2018/08/21
8 Counts Total.
Count 1 – Tax evasion 2012
Count 2 – Tax evasion 2013
Count 3 – Tax evasion 2014
Count 4 – Tax evasion 2015
Count 5 – Tax evasion 2016
Count 6 – False statement made to a financial institution regarding credit
Count 7 – Causing unlawful corporate contributions
Count 8 – Making excessive campaign contributions
Being that many are rabid for Trump’s head on a platter, the focus is on Count 8. If people were really concerned about the law, it sounds like he should have been dealt with years ago.
The other issue is the attempt to make Count 8 a campaign contribution. This is regarding the $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy). This will be difficult to achieve, and it is spelled out here by former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith.
That’s the basics.
17 Apr 2018
Breaking: Referendum to Split Calif. Into 3 States Will Be on Ballot – The Western Journal, 2018/04/12
According to a press release this week, the CAL 3 initiative surpassed the number of signatures needed to present the measure to voters in this year’s election. If state officials determine the documents are genuine, it would then qualify as an initiative to be added this November.
Tim Draper, a venture capitalist whose idea would see the state’s population roughly split into thirds to create a trio of new states, celebrated the feat that he says will allow Californians to weigh in directly at the ballot box.
As explained on its website, the initiative would separate the state according to a number of socioeconomic factors in an attempt to level out disparities that currently exist.
LINK: Compare the CAs
22 Mar 2018
So this is interesting. Cass Sunstein formerly served in the Obama Administration and is likely a long term friend since he taught law in Chicago. He authors this piece in Bloomberg concerning the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook issue that is in the news.
Cambridge Analytica Behaved Appallingly. Don’t Overreact. – Bloomberg, 2018/03/19
The horrendous actions by Cambridge Analytica, a voter profiling company, and Aleksander Kogan, a Russian-American researcher, raise serious questions about privacy, social media, democracy and fraud.
Amidst the justified furor, one temptation should be firmly resisted: for public and private institutions to lock their data down, blocking researchers and developers from providing the many benefits that it promises – for health, safety, and democracy itself.
In other words, we want to be able to use data for OUR purposes… but not the other side. I posted already about the fact that they did this in 2012. Sunstein wants to be able to harvest this data again and FIRMLY resists locking down data.
20 Mar 2018
What’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump – The Hill, 2018/03/20
On Sunday, The Guardian reported on the supposedly nefarious workings of President Trump’s data-gathering team at Cambridge Analytica. The report suggested that Cambridge Analytica had essentially issued questionnaires through a third party; those questionnaires, which were personality quizzes, requested that you use your Facebook login. Cambridge Analytica then compiled data regarding those who completed the quiz and cross-referenced that data with political preferences in order to target potential voters.
This isn’t particularly shocking. In 2012, The Guardian reported that President Obama’s reelection team was “building a vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before.”
What, exactly, would Obama be doing? According to The Guardian, Obama’s new database would be gathered by asking individual volunteers to log into Obama’s reelection site using their Facebook credentials.
So Facebook allowed Obama’s group access to the data, but frown what when a supposed Trump group is claimed to have used to same data… except…
Trump campaign phased out use of Cambridge Analytica data before election – CBS, 2018/03/18
The Trump campaign never used the psychographic data at the heart of a whistleblower who once worked to help acquire the data’s reporting — principally because it was relatively new and of suspect quality and value. The profiling approach utilized by Cambridge Analytica allowed it to predict the voting likelihoods of individual people based on personality, the firm claimed.
… he never used the data. Why?
The Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica’s, and when it was clear the RNC would be a willing partner, Mr. Trump’s campaign was able to rely solely on the RNC.