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Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old

Matt Gaetz’s Wingman Paid Dozens of Young Women—and a 17-Year-Old

Ven-Uh-OhVenmo payment records reveal a vast network of young women received money from Rep. Matt Gaetz’s associate, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg.s new details emerge about Rep. Matt Gaetz’s role in an alleged sex ring, The Daily Beast has obtained several documents showing that the suspected ringleader of the group, , made more than 150 Venmo payments to dozens of young women, and to a girl who was 17 at the time.The payment from Greenberg, an accused sex trafficker, to the 17-year-old took place in June 2017. It was for $300 and, according to the memo field, was for...

Apr 14
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Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo’d Teen

Gaetz Paid Accused Sex Trafficker, Who Then Venmo’d Teen

In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker , $900. The next morning, over the course of eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send three young women varying sums of money. In total, the transactions amounted to $900.The memo field for the first of was titled “Test.” In the second, the Florida GOP congressman wrote “hit up ___.” But instead of a blank, Gaetz wrote a nickname for one of the recipients. (The Daily Beast is not sharing that nickname because the teenager had only turned 18 less than six months before.)...

Apr 8
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Devin Nunes’ Mom F*cked Up His Campaign Finance Reports

Devin Nunes’ Mom F*cked Up His Campaign Finance Reports

Two political committees belonging to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) have spent the past two days filing amended FEC reports to correct errors and omissions by their treasurer: his mom.The fundraising committees—Nunes Victory Fund, and his leadership PAC, NEW PAC—have also removed Nunes’ mother’s email address and replaced them with an unspecified “Treasurer 1” and “Treasurer 2.”Those emails serve as contact points for the Federal Election Commission, which sends notices called “Requests for Additional Information” (RFAIs) when compliance officials flag errors or inconsistencies. The FEC sent...

Mar 26
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These Mega-Businesses Are Already Back to Bankrolling Insurrectionists

These Mega-Businesses Are Already Back to Bankrolling Insurrectionists

Broken PromisesThey said they wouldn’t be giving to Republicans who voted to overturn the 2020 election. They’re already donating again.fter the Jan. 6 insurrection, more than 120 corporations swiftly vowed to suspend campaign donations to Republicans who objected to certifying the 2020 election.“In the wake of last week’s violent and unlawful attack on the U.S. Capitol, we feel it is important to reinforce that Pfizer PAC supports individuals who are guided by the principles that mirror Pfizer’s core values,” an read in mid-January.“We have made the decision that for the next six months,...

Mar 25
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Rep. Dan Crenshaw Decided Pandemic Was Perfect Time to Buy and Not Disclose Stocks

Rep. Dan Crenshaw Decided Pandemic Was Perfect Time to Buy and Not Disclose Stocks

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) did not buy or sell any stocks in his first 13 months as a congressman. That changed in March 2020, when he made half a dozen buys as the largest economic relief package in history was written and debated.Five of those purchases came in the three days between March 25 and 27, as the Senate and House voted on the CARES Act and former President Trump signed it into law. Crenshaw, who supported the bill, did not initially disclose the transactions, in violation of the STOCK Act, a law that requires members of Congress to tell the public when they engage in securities...

Mar 9
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Kanye’s Zombie Campaign Attracts Teen Donors—and Feds’ Scrutiny

Kanye’s Zombie Campaign Attracts Teen Donors—and Feds’ Scrutiny

GENIUS “In five-plus years of doing this I’ve never come across something like this,” said Jordan Libowitz, communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. ormer Birthday Party presidential contender Kanye West has not yet terminated his campaign, but he has disabled donations and removed merch from his website after receiving a notice from the Federal Election Commission and numerous complaints about extended shipping delays from some of his zoomer donors hopeful that their federal contribution would return a black-market payday.The unusual violations in the West...

Mar 5
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Jim Jordan Under Scrutiny for Nearly $3 Million in Unreported Campaign Funds

Jim Jordan Under Scrutiny for Nearly $3 Million in Unreported Campaign Funds

This week, the campaign committee for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), received ten notices from the Federal Election Commission flagging discrepancies on its books totaling nearly $3 million and dating back over two years. The campaign claims that the errors slipped through the cracks amid a record fundraising surge and that it actually has more money on the books now, but experts say that the dollar amount—errors totaling some $2.87 million—may trigger an FEC investigation.The errors also appear connected to newly developed, largely hidden payment systems in the murky world of Republican digital...

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Donald Trump's campaign owes almost half its debt to its own company, new filings show

Donald Trump's campaign owes almost half its debt to its own company, new filings show

February 3, 2021 12:08AM (UTC)Brad Parscale and Donald Trump--The Trump campaign can  after claiming more than $2.7 million in debt in its last federal finance of the year, with nearly half that deficit  that was created and run .The filing, submitted Sunday to the Federal Election Commission, also said that more than $11 million in  to nearly 4,300 contributors after the November election, even though, as a senior campaign official told Salon, the Republican National Committee automatically redirected excessive repeat donations from the Trump campaign to the RNC.In broad terms, perhaps the...

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In 2019, Marjorie Taylor Greene told protesters to "flood the Capitol," feel free to use violence

In 2019, Marjorie Taylor Greene told protesters to "flood the Capitol," feel free to use violence

February 2, 2021 10:55AM (UTC)Marjorie Taylor Greene--In a video posted to social media months before announcing her congressional candidacy, Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene called on supporters to "flood the Capitol Building" in a protest against "tyrannical" leaders, telling them that Democratic lawmakers "should fear us" and that "we should feel like we will" use violence "if we have to.""All of us together, when we rise up, we can end all of this. We can end it," Greene said in the 90-minute , which was posted in February 2019 and unearthed on Sunday by Twitter user . "We can...

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Matt Gaetz Is Blowing Piles of Cash on Scandal—and on Roger Stone

Matt Gaetz Is Blowing Piles of Cash on Scandal—and on Roger Stone

With the possibility of sex trafficking charges still hanging over him, Rep. Matt Gaetz’s latest campaign finance report shows a spate of new legal spending, a massive public relations blitz, and continued payments to one conspicuous MAGA icon: Roger Stone. Nearly half the embattled congressman’s $1.95 million in expenses—a little over $825,000—went to public affairs firm Logan Circle Group, which has handled Gaetz’s media strategy since The New York Times first reported in March that he was the focus of an investigation over federal sex crimes. Some of the payments were for “strategic...

Jul 16
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