Roger Stone was served with papers relating to a Capitol riot lawsuit while live on radio and answering a question about why Donald Trump should run in 2024.
“A prominent Minnesota GOP donor who is charged with multiple counts of sex trafficking is now being sued by an underage girl who says he used her for sex acts, then offered her money to keep her from talking about it,” ABC News reports.
“The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court alleges that Anton Lazzaro’s attorneys offered $1,000 in hush money to the girl and her parents to keep them quiet and asked them to sign a non-disclosure agreement. The girl’s father refused and instead went to law enforcement, said their attorney, Jeff Anderson.”
Veteran GOP operative Roger Stone told Infowars that he intends to file a $25 million lawsuit against ABC News over stories written about his actions on Jan. 6 near the Capitol building.
Republican strategist Tony Lazzaro was indicted for recruiting six minors to engage in sex for money over several months last year in the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Lazzaro was campaign manager for Lacy Johnson (R), who last fall ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and was a delegate to the 2020 Republican convention.
Kate Coyne McCoy, a top Democratic strategist from Rhode Island, is under fire for tweeting “It’s wrong to hope he dies from COVID, right? Asking for a friend” — about Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), who was recently diagnosed with Covid-19, the Boston Globe reports.
McCoy has since pulled down the tweet and issued an apology.
Democratic consultant Joe Trippi announced in a USA Today op-ed that he’s joining the Lincoln Project to make sure Republicans don’t win control of Congress in 2022.
South Carolina GOP consultant Richard Quinn Sr. is accused of lying to a state grand jury over being paid by Attorney General Alan Wilson (R) for drafting press statements and other documents, the Columbia State reports.
The new 38-page indictment accuses Quinn of 12 different counts of perjury and two counts of obstruction of justice.
Federal Election Commission filings show that the leadership PAC controlled by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy — Majority Committee PAC, or McPAC — paid one of GOP pollster Frank Luntz’s companies nearly $40,000 in late 2020, just before McCarthy began renting what he described as a “room” in the recently renovated apartment, the Washington Post reports.
Former President Trump is calling on his supporters to withhold financial support from Karl Rove, The Hill reports.
Said Trump: “Everyone is so tired of watching Karl Rove on Fox News. He has played the game for decades, but all he and his buddies want to do is take your money and run.”
He added: “He called me on the evening of November 3rd, Election Night, to congratulate me on my ‘great win.’ When it was revealed the election was rigged and stolen, he flew the coop.”
Jane Mayer: “An infamous Republican political operative’s unpublished memoir shows how the Party came to embrace lies, racial fearmongering, and winning at any cost.”
“More than a dozen onetime aides and advisers to former President Donald Trump have signed on to assist Republicans competing in statewide and federal contests across the country, in some cases setting up potential showdowns in the months to come as they work to cast their candidates as the most Trump-aligned figures in crowded races,” CNN reports.
“The Justice Department on Friday sued Roger Stone, a longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, accusing Stone and his wife of owing nearly $2 million in unpaid income taxes,” NBC News reports.
“The New York attorney general’s office has partnered with Manhattan’s district attorney to investigate Stephen Bannon for the alleged fundraising scam that prompted his federal pardon in the waning hours of Donald Trump’s presidency,” the Washington Post reports.
“The move adds prosecutorial firepower to a criminal case widely seen as an attempted end-run around the former president’s bid to protect a political ally.”
“Stephen Bannon, the firebrand political strategist and ex-confidant to former president Donald Trump, is fighting to get his federal fraud case formally dismissed over the strong objection of prosecutors, who have argued that his full pardon does not mean his indictment must be wiped from the record,” the Washington Post reports.
“It is not clear why the U.S. attorney is challenging what was expected to be a straightforward dismissal of Bannon’s case, or whether prosecutors believe the case against the remaining three would suffer strategically at trial should Bannon be officially excluded.”
“House Democrats’ campaign arm is officially ending its controversial ban on political consultants who work with candidates challenging sitting Democratic incumbents in primaries, clinching a major victory for progressives,” Politico reports.
“Enacted in 2019, the new policy forbade the committee from contracting with or recommending to any House campaign a consultant or firm who worked to primary a sitting Democratic incumbent. It spurred an unexpectedly strong backlash — but was popular with members who are more prone to primary challenges and don’t want their party apparatus, to which they pay dues, to enable their opponents.”
David Winston: “Today, our system of campaign politics rewards anger…and defines success by a model that produces money for campaign consultants, whether they win or lose. We can thank the combination of the McCain-Feingold law and the Citizens United decision for our current predicament.”
“Together, they minimized the role of the parties and candidate campaigns and made PACs and super PACs the dominant power in many campaigns for one simple reason: That’s where the money is. Many times, you won’t find top strategists or ad people working directly on major campaigns these days. They operate independently, legally restricted from any interaction with the candidates and campaigns they are supporting and often serving up background information for the media. But most importantly, they employ a circular model to attract donors by offering them a way to have a bigger impact on the election and its outcome.”
Video evidence shows that six members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia who guarded Roger Stone on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 later stormed the Capitol, the New York Times reports.
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