Graham wants to review ActBlue’s source of small-dollar contributions

Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey grahamLindsay Olin GrahamDemocratic Senate Campaign Branch outshines GOP equivalent in September Hug or Heresy? The Left’s attack on Diane Feinstein is a sad sign of our time. Democrats Feinstein seems unlikely to move against (RS.C.), which has witnessed a tsunami of Democratic small-dollar donations flooding the South Carolina Senate race, sources of massive money flow through ACTBlue and other groups have been reviewed by policymakers Need to go.

Graham says Congress has little idea of ​​who is behind the huge influx of funds, which led his rival, Jaime Harrison, and other Democratic challengers to a major fundraiser on GOP Incumbents in the final weeks of the campaign Has benefits.

“Where is all this money from ActBlue coming from? How easy would it be to have only a bunch of pre-paid credit cards? “He asked Hill.

ActBlue, a nonprofit technology company founded in 2004, provides online fundraising software to help liberalize contributions from Democratic candidates and small-group donors.

“Some of these shadowy figures are ongoing advertisements, is there any foreign influence?” Graham asked

“Where is all this money coming from? If you are less than $ 200 in the campaign, you do not have to report it, ”he said, citing campaign rules that do not require public reporting of individuals who give less than $ 200. “When this election is over, I hope to sit there and find out, ‘Well, how do we control this?” It just seems like an endless spiral. “

Graham suggested that Sen. Sheldon whitehouseSheldon Whitehousederbin signals he is not interested in chairing the judiciary committee. Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein. Supreme Court battle turns to 2020 proxy war (DR.I.) There may be interest in forming teams on a review of campaign finance practices and the possibility of new regulation.

“I think we’re going to step up our game in terms of this competition,” he said, referring to fellow Republicans.

ACTW provided a $ 1.5 billion funnel in small-dollar contributions to Democratic candidates and affiliated groups in the third quarter of 2020. Helped rake $ 500 million in two weeks after Justice’s death Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Beder Ginsburg LGBTQ voters should appear in election, or risk losing progress, Cunningham, Tillis closed in tight race in North Carolina: Polls 51 percent want Barrett sitting on Supreme Court: Polls and more. Senate Republicans vowed to fast-track confirmation proceedings for this quickly President TrumpDonald John Trumpden Has Massive Cash Gain Before Trump on Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talks about attending Pennsylvania rallyNominee to replace her, conservative judge Amy Connie BarrettAmy Connie BarrettSupreme Court’s Pennsylvania Mail Ballot ruling for Tees says Barrett Schumer says he had ‘serious talk’ with Feinstein, progressing to comment on judiciary role, but no success, on coronovirus relief even more, To the left.

Harrison raised an astonishing $ 57 million in the third quarter.

Graham, in contrast, raised $ 28 million in the third quarter to put his opponent far behind.

He counted about it during the Barrett confirmation hearing and said he was getting closer to the point of view of colleagues who want to put more regulation on campaign finance.

“I don’t know what’s going on there, but I can tell you that a lot of money is being raised in this campaign,” he said.

An ActBlue spokesman said the group also reports its smallest donation to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which does fundraising for federal campaigns.

An ActBlue spokesman claimed that ActBlue does not report contributions under $ 200.

The spokesman said that ActBlue reports every contribution, including those under $ 200, and every federal donation made on ActBlue, including donations of only $ 1, can be verified on the FEC’s website.

A review of Harrison’s campaign fundraising report filed with the FEC shows that he reports contributions as small as $ 5 from ACTW, but the data on file does not reveal the name or address of a person who Donations will be reported above as a gift. $ 200.

ActBlue, which reported a collection of $ 2.4 billion during contributions from August 31, 2019 to August 31, is due to file its October monthly report with the FEC this week. Those reports will provide donors’ names, hometowns, and employers who contribute more than $ 10 and reveal which candidates have been gifted.

Harrison’s reporting so far for the 2020 election cycle suggests it has accepted $ 45.7 million in unit contributions.

A prominent Republican who is not interested in exploring new rules on small-dollar fundraising networks such as ActBlue Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Michelle McConnell on the Money: McConnell says he will hand Senate vote to Trump-backed Coronovirus. Pelosi, Mnuchin sees progress, but no success. Trump, House’s lawyer returns to court in battle over financial record progress, but no success on coronovirus relief, LGBTQ voters must show up in election, or risk losing progress (R-Ky.), A longtime opponent of campaign finance reform.

“Give me a shout out for the Democrats.” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that part of the flood money in the campaigns is coming from small donors. “I can give you an example. In my own campaign, I have received over 700,000 donors and the average contribution is around 35 rupees. “

“I don’t think any kind of campaign finance reform is designed to produce less interested people, it’s a good idea,” he said. “As you know, I am at the forefront of 25 years of thwarting the government’s efforts to restrict campaign contributions, because this is the only way ordinary citizens get to participate except through voting.”

Other Republicans are skeptical about ActBlue’s seismic impact on the 2020 Senate battleground map, with some of them more open to view.

Sen John cornynMembers of John Cornyn’sinfeld reunite for the eyes of the Senate GOP, the Texas Democratic Party fundraiser. Non-governmental representative on Oct. 26 about Barrett to vote on possible Trump-Pelosi Coronavirus deal for Supreme Court confirmation (R-Texas), whose Democratic rival grew nearly twice that in the third quarter, is also suspicious of ActBlue.

He says an investigation would be “worthwhile” in the group’s vast small-donor network to ascertain their legitimacy.

“It’s probably a good idea,” he said. “My understanding is that any donation under $ 200 does not even require them to identify the donor, so obviously there are plenty of opportunities for mischief.”

“So, I think it would be worthwhile,” he said

Democratic candidate MJ Hager raised $ 14 million in the third quarter against Corin’s $ 7.2 million.

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“I was always worried about it during the Clinton campaign because you had all these charges of bundles and all these donations coming in under just $ 200. Whenever you set up this type of system, people find out How the system can be taken advantage of, ”he said.

“I think it’s probably a very valid avenue for investigation,” he said.

Johnson said his committee has not looked into the issue significantly and said that he would welcome those coming by whistling.

“If we can find evidence of this – we can blow a few whistles. A lot of our investigations start with people contacting us,” he said. “We’ll continue to investigate things, but you need information.”

“I think the amount of money being spent on these campaigns is substandard,” Johnson said.

Sen Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones Portmangoop halts Schumer’s effort to postpone the Senate after the election until the Candemakers virtually meet with lawmakers for the annual fly-in, discussing Halloween security Democrat Barrett’s election in the fight. Let’s see the day (R-Ohio), chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Panel on Investigations, said he would be willing to see his colleagues for more scrutiny after the election.

“I don’t know if that’s not convincing. I don’t know right now,” he said, dropping jaw-dropping Democratic fundraising.

Portman said that “it’s probably worth watching later”.


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