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Chicago Demands $130,000 From Smollett, Threatens New Charges If He Doesn’t Pay Up

The city of Chicago on Thursday demanded Jussie Smollett pay $130,000 to cover overtime costs incurred by city police during their investigation into a hate crime the actor allegedly staged against himself in January. Smollett could face new charges of making false statements to the city if he doesn’t pay up in within seven days, the Chicago Corporation Counsel threatened ...

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Jussie Smollett ‘Volunteer Service’ Included Of Two Days Work With Jesse Jackson Nonprofit And An Appearance On PBS

Jussie Smollett spent two days volunteering with Jesse Jackson Sr.’s nonprofit group, a key factor that led prosecutors on Tuesday to drop all charges against the actor for allegedly staging a fake hate-crime against himself. A letter from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition said the “Empire” actor spent “several hours volunteering” with the group on Saturday and Monday. “Empire” music director ...

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Did Smollett Pay-Off the City of Chicago to Drop His Charges?

A law enforcement official said Tuesday that Jussie Smollet’s willingness to forfeit his $10,000 bond to Chicago City department was a key factor behind prosecutor’s decision to drop 16 felony charges related to his staging a fake hate-crime against himself. “There would be no nolle without the forfeiture,” Kiera Ellis, a spokesperson for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, told reporters meaning ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Has Ties To A Dark Money Group

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ties with Organize for Justice, a 501(c)(4) dark money group that trains progressive organizers across the country. Ocasio-Cortez serves on the board of Justice Democrats, the “sister organization” of the dark money group. Ocasio-Cortez once called dark money the “enemy of democracy.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has ties with a dark money group that trains progressive organizers on ...

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There’s Enough Evidence To Open A Criminal Investigation Into Ocasio-Cortez, Former FEC Commissioner Says

Former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky called for an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide. “There seems to be enough evidence here to justify opening a criminal investigation,” von Spakovsky wrote in a Fox News op-ed Sunday. Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide Saikat Chakrabarti have since December 2017 controlled the outside PAC ...

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Snopes Gets Key Facts Wrong On Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Finance Scandal

The left-leaning fact-checking website Snopes butchered facts about a PAC controlled by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide in a story published Thursday. Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, her former campaign chair and current chief of staff, obtained majority control of Justice Democrats in December 2017. The PAC, which had raised more than $1.8 million before her June 2018 primary, has been ...

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Ocasio-Cortez And Her Chief Of Staff ‘Could Be Facing Jail Time’ If Their Control Over PAC Was Intentionally Hidden, Former FEC Commissioner Says

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a top aide appear to control an outside PAC credited with being the central force behind her June 2018 primary victory. One former Federal Election Commission member thinks there would be a “serious investigation” if a complaint were filed, noting that the probe could potentially result in civil penalties or even jail time for Ocasio-Cortez and her chief ...

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North Carolina Elections Director Says GOP Consultant Orchestrated An ‘Unlawful’ Ballot-Harvesting Scheme

A contractor hired by North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris orchestrated a “coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme” in the 2018 general election, state elections director Kim Strach said Monday. Harris campaign consultant Leslie McCrae Dowless paid his workers to collect mail-in absentee ballots from voters in Bladen and Robeson counties, Strach said. Harris currently holds an unnofficial ...

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Ocasio-Cortez Begins Fundraising For 2020 After Being Threatened With ‘Serious Primary Challenge’

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has purchased dozens of Facebook ads soliciting funds for her re-election campaign following a report Tuesday that her House colleagues were looking to challenge her in the 2020 primary. “We just got threatened with a serious primary challenge by other Democrats in the House,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a Facebook post sponsored by her ...

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DC Antifa Leader Charged With ‘Ethnic Intimidation’ In Relation To Attack On Mexican-American Marines

Washington, D.C. Antifa leader Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, also known as “Chepe,” was arrested in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 in connection to the Antifa mob attack against two Marines in November. Alcoff faces 17 charges, including multiple counts of aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy and terroristic threats, and one count of robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury. An affidavit filed in ...

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Charity Watchdog: Donors Taking Huge Risk In Giving To Brian Kolfage’s Border Wall Nonprofit

Triple-amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage says, without evidence, that his new nonprofit organization can build a wall on the southern border for half the cost of the federal government. Kolfage said Wednesday donors have transferred $11 million of the $20 million he raised on GoFundMe into the coffers of his nonprofit. Kolfage says the bylaws of the nonprofit prevent ...

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Border Wall GoFundMe Founder Refuses To Answer Basic Questions About His New Nonprofit

Triple amputee Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage is refusing to answer basic questions about his new nonprofit organization that will use the funds raised by his viral $20 million GoFundMe to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Kolfage announced WeBuildTheWall Inc. on Friday, but documents submitted to Florida reveal the nonprofit was created over two weeks ago in late December. Kolfage ...

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DOD IG Reveals The Pentagon Let $27.7 Billion ‘Expire’ As Trump Seeks $5.7 Billion In Border Wall Funding

The Defense Department has relinquished over $27 billion to the U.S. Treasury since 2013 simply because it couldn’t spend the money quick enough, according to a DOD Inspector General report released Tuesday. The DOD was required to fork over the “expired funds” because the Pentagon failed to spend it “within the legal timeframes,” according to the report. The revelation comes ...

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US Steel Prices Dip Below Pre-Tariff Levels

The price of steel in the United States has fallen below levels prior to President Donald Trump’s announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported steel in March 2018, according to benchmark prices compiled by S&P Global Platts. The price of steel jumped considerably after Trump announced the tariffs, rising to a peak of $920 per ton in July. Since ...

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Nancy Pelosi And House Dems Introduce Bill That Would Immediately Restore Voting Rights For Convicted Felons Nationwide

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats unveiled a bill Friday that would immediately restore voting rights to convicted felons nationwide. Convicted felons who have completed their prison sentences would have their voting rights restored, but those incarcerated at the time of an election would still be barred from voting. The bill would also mandate automatic voter registration nationwide. House Democrats ...

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