“In early 2015, a man who runs a small technology company showed up at Trump Tower to collect $50,000 for having helped Michael Cohen, then Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, try to rig online polls in his boss’s favor before the presidential campaign,” the Journal states.
“In his Trump Organization office, Mr. Cohen surprised the man, John Gauger, by giving him a blue Walmart bag containing between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash and, randomly, a boxing glove that Mr. Cohen said had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter, Mr. Gauger said.”
It appears Gauger was never paid in full, although records show Cohen requested a $50,000 check be cut for the Liberty University VP.
Gauger, who runs a small tech firm called RedFinch Solutions, tried, unsuccessfully, to rig a CNBC poll and a Drudge Report poll.
The Journal also reports Cohen asked Gauger to create a Women For Cohen Twitter account, that would praise the now-former Trump attorney as a “sex symbol.”
— Women For Cohen (@WomenForCohen) November 22, 2016
Trump has strong ties to Liberty University, the Christian university now run by Jerry Falwell Jr., whose endorsement allowed Trump to raise his profile among Christian Evangelicals. Far right extremist Christians have become a critical component of Trump’s base.
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Two Republicans Charged With Election Fraud in Ohio
Two Republicans, including a candidate for local office and a County Republican Party official have been charged with election fraud in Marion, Ohio.
The GOP candidate for Marion City Auditor, Robert Landon, and Marion County Republican Party official John Matthews have both been charged with distributing phony sample ballots, according to ABC6 News. “A party official or candidate handing out a sample ballot could face up to six months in jail and a $1000 fine if convicted.”
Noting that “Ohio law bans political parties or candidates from handing out sample ballots,” ABC6 News reports they “look just like a sample ballot a voter could get from the county board of elections but it has boxes highlighting where the Republican candidates are.”
In 2015, according to The Columbus Dispatch, Matthews served as GOP county chairman and pleaded guilty to doing work for Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign while he was supposed to be working at a six-figure government job.
#BillionDollarLoser: Americans Scorch ‘Millionaire-at-Birth’ and ‘Grifter’ Trump for Decade of Massive Loses
The New York Times’ bombshell exposé revealing that businessman Donald Trump lost more than $1 billion over a 10-year period during Manhattan’s real estate surge of the ’80’s and ’90’s has many Americans furious, while others are choosing to mock and ridicule the President.
#BillionDollarLoser is now the top trending term on Twitter.
Some are also pointing to Trump’s tweets from Wednesday morning, in which he said he was “entitled to massive write offs and depreciation,” and calling the entire process a “sport.”
….you would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes….almost all real estate developers did – and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport. Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2019
Here’s how some are responding to the news:
In case you missed it this morning, President Trump called tax avoidance a “sport,” and bragged about how good he is at it.
Is this the person who best represents the middle class?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 8, 2019
2000: GOP elects an illiterate millionaire-at-birth who couldn’t find oil in Texas to cut taxes for millionaires.
2016: GOP elects an illiterate millionaire-at-birth who lost a billion $ while owning casinos to cut taxes for millionaires.#BillionDollarLoser #MAGA
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 8, 2019
Just a reminder about Donald Trump’s building prowess- he is the one NYC real estate developer that completely missed out on the 21st century real estate market in Manhattan… #BillionDollarLoser
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) May 8, 2019
The real scandal is the fact that Donald Trump probably got to keep the tax losses that were actually suffered by other people, like his limited partners. There is absolutely nothing “self-made” about this grifter. #BillionDollarLoser
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) May 8, 2019
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 8, 2019
— Kevin Farris (@KevinFarris) May 8, 2019
He releases his tax returns.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) May 8, 2019
— N (@L5Nic) May 8, 2019
— Mary Mauro (@CitizenMauro) May 8, 2019
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) May 8, 2019
Elections Board Finds Evidence of ‘Coordinated’ Fraud to Support Anti-LGBT Preacher’s Election to Congress
There are supposed to be 435 Members of Congress, but one of those seats is empty. The North Carolina elections board is refusing to certify the election of Republican Mark Harris after stunning irregularities led to an investigation of his slim 905-vote lad over Democrat Dan McCready.
Kim Strach, the executive director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections “revealed Monday that state officials had uncovered a ‘coordinated’ and ‘unlawful’ effort to collect absentee ballots on behalf of” Harris, HuffPost reports.
At a public hearing Monday, Strach “said investigators had evidence that McCrae Dowless, a political operative working on behalf of the Harris campaign, filled out and mailed in incomplete or blank ballots from both his office and home. She said Dowless paid people in cash to collect requests for absentee ballots and the ballots themselves. The state board also has evidence, she said, that Dowless paid people to falsify signatures on absentee ballots indicating that they had witnessed those ballots being filled out.”
Dowless “is a convicted felon who faced jail time for fraud and perjury,” The Charlotte-Observer reported in December. One woman told a local reporter Dowless paid her to collect absentee ballots, which is illegal. She had said she was not aware it was illegal because Dowless had been doing it for years. The woman, Cheryl Kinlaw, said Dowless “had stacks” of absentee ballots on his desk.
Strach said Harris, who is a far right wing anti-LGBT North Carolina preacher, paid Dowless $131,275.
Harris, according to Right Wing Watch’s Peter Montgomery, “has a track record of opposing LGBTQ equality and abortion rights. Harris was an ally of the anti-LGBTQ Benham brothers in opposition to a Charlotte nondiscrimination law, and he was a driving force behind the campaign that put a ban on same-sex couples getting married into the state constitution; his First Baptist Church contributed more than $50,000 to the campaign. Harris, who says being gay is ‘a choice,’ has said the anti-equality amendment was not about discrimination but about ‘standing up for the values and principles that have been a part of the fabric of American society.'”
Last year First Lady Karen Pence actively campaigned for Harris.
Image by Mark Harris via YouTube
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