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Left wing “Dark Money” Shelling Out More Cash Than Conservative Counterparts

Despite the Left’s histrionics over the Koch brothers or other notorious bankrollers on the Right, it appears that more “dark money” is now filling progressive coffers than conservative ones even as the anti-billionaire rhetoric escalates. A report from the bipartisan Issue One group reveals that of the $150 million in “dark money” during the 2018 election liberal groups spent more than half of it, while conservatives burned through one-third of it. Nonpartisan groups came in last at just 15 percent. OpenSecrets.org defines “dark money” as “political spending meant to influence the decision of a voter, where the donor is not disclosed and the source of the money is unknown.” So much for that coalition between liberals and the little guy.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Liberal groups outspent conservative ones in so-called “dark money” during the 2018 midterm election, for the first time since 2010.

A report from Issue One, a bipartisan advocacy group, shows that liberal groups spent over half of the $150 million of dark money in the latest election. Conservative groups spend a third of the figure, while nonpartisan groups spent just 15 percent.

Issue One CEO Nick Penniman said that the data showed that the problem of political groups that can spend unlimited money without disclosing their donors is a bipartisan problem.

“As we head into the 2020 presidential election, both parties must reject the opaque ways some of their wealthiest donors are influencing elections,” he said. “Dark money is the most toxic force in politics.”

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Gillibrand Glosses Over Own “Racist” Immigration Record

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is already trying to get ahead of what is sure to be a down and dirty debate season for Democrats by distancing herself from her own “racist” stances on immigration in the past. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Gillibrand was called out for a previous campaign flyer stipulating that she was against “amnesty to illegal aliens” and in support of English as “the official language of the United States.” She explained her change of heart while reflecting on President Trump’s “racist” stances so similar to her own just a decade ago: “So, what President Trump is doing is creating fear and division and a darkness across this country that I have never seen before.” Sorry, Kirsten, you can’t have it both ways. You’re either pro-border security or an open borders Leftist. Good luck juggling that ball, Flipper.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

On Sunday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper to discuss, among other things, her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

During the nearly ten minute segment, Tapper and Gillibrand had the following exchange about President Trump’s allegedly “racist” immigration policies:

TAPPER: All right. You have said Trump’s immigration positions are racist. That’s the word you used — racist.

Now, as you know, you were more conservative early on in your career on immigration. CNN’s KFILE is out with a new report this week on your 2008 campaign website and a mailer sent from your congressional office back then, a long time ago, but still in your public life.

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Trump Doubles Down on Border Wall Demands and Prevails

With his resistance to the Schumer-Pelosi shutdown political tactics and threats, President Trump is making it clear to his voters that he’s not just talk. A key victory could be that his resistance forced the House to approve border wall funding after POTUS rejected a Senate-approved House-passed bill that lacked funding. “The fact that he’s fighting here today is huge,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). “You can remember the Alamo in San Antonio. It’s not because they won there, it’s because they fought there. And if we’re willing to fight, a lot of people support the president and his willingness to fight. “President Trump will be dealing with a Democrat-controlled House come January when the new session of Congress begins though it’s not very promising for incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) if her strategy is to browbeat President Trump. History has shown that doesn’t end well, but it certainly won’t stop her from trying.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump on Thursday showed his voters he’s willing to fight for them by insisting that Congress approve border wall funding, a move that could pay off during his re-election campaign in 2020.

“The fact that he’s fighting here today is huge,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., on the same day Trump forced the House to approve a bill funding his border wall. “You can remember the Alamo in San Antonio. It’s not because they won there, it’s because they fought there. And if we’re willing to fight, a lot of people support the president and his willingness to fight.”

Buoyed by the House Freedom Caucus, which Meadows helms, Trump forced the House to include $5.7 billion in a spending deal Thursday night. While the bill is doomed in the Senate, Republicans say it was a pivotal moment for Trump that showed he’s willing to stick his neck out to keep his campaign promises.

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Dems 2020 Field: “Old vs. Young”

With the unofficial start of the 2020 race for the White House well under way, Democrats still look to be fielding at least two dozen potential candidates, and a quick analysis shows the fight could shape up to be two camps warring again each other: the old and the young. On the young end of the spectrum, we’ll likely see Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker as well as Beto O’Rourke, and on the older end, we may see Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders along with Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, and Michael Bloomberg. Regardless of how it ends up, it’s going to be quite a show.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

About the only consensus to emerge from 2016 was that it was an extraordinarily unusual election cycle, from beginning to end.

One aspect that differentiated the cycle from most in the recent past was the enormity of the Republican field. The primary season kicked off with so many GOP candidates that the debates had to be split into two broadcasts, with the lower-polling members of the field serving as a not-ready-for-prime-time opening act for the main debate.

There was a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth throughout Republican Land about the number of contenders for the title. The early prevailing sentiment was that the pesky B Team contenders were getting in the way of smooth sailing for the complainer’s somewhat more mainstream and/or viable candidate.

That lament was voiced most often by the Rubio people, who were relying on a strategy that consisted of little more than than, “He’s the best choice because shut up.” It was also heard from Cruz supporters, John Kasich’s imaginary friend Clive, and the seventeen comatose Republican millionaires who had long ago vowed to vote for whichever Bush was running.

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Beto Bros Out with Barack

According to recent reports, highly anticipated 2020 White House contender Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who could not beat Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the U.S. Senate, has officially kissed the ring of former President Obama in what most are analyzing as the beginning of “Beto2020.” According to The Washington Post, O’Rourke met with Obama in D.C. on Nov. 16 to discuss 2020: “The meeting was the first sign of Obama getting personally involved in conversations with O’Rourke, who, despite his November loss in a U.S. Senate race in Texas, has triggered more recent discussion and speculation than any other candidate in the burgeoning 2020 field.” Hope and change are coming again.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A Democrat serious about taking on Trump in 2020 must take one crucial step first: secure the blessing of the man who many still see as the leader of the party. Beto O’Rourke, who just got done losing to Ted Cruz in Texas, has officially taken that first step, and many are hoping it’s the beginning of “Beto 2020.”

O’Rourke, a representative from Texas who gave up his seat to fall about 200,000 votes (2.6%) short of becoming a senator, has continued to enjoy the rock star media coverage of someone who actually won their race in part because he managed to get a lot closer to dethroning Cruz than many thought he could in Texas — but mostly because he has the charisma that most of the other potential Democratic presidential candidates are glaringly lacking.

Former President Barack Obama recently commented on that charisma, saying O’Rourke sort of reminds him of himself. “The reason I was able to make a connection with a sizable portion of the country was because people had a sense that I said what I meant,” Obama told his former strategist David Axelrod in an interview for “The Axe Files” podcast.

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Biden: “I’m the Most Qualified…to be President”

Former Vice President Joe Biden is considering a 2020 run for the Oval Office, given his latest proclamation while on a book tour. He’s arguing he is “the most qualified” to be president, and that he and his family will make a decision within the next two months on whether or not to make a final bid. We’ll give kudos: he did admit that he’s a “gaffe machine”…but that he’s still better than a liar.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Former Vice President Joe Biden says there’s no one better qualified in the nation to be president, but admitted at the same time he’s a “gaffe machine.”

“I’ll be as straight with you as I can. I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,” Biden said Monday during a book tour stop in Missoula, Montana, according to CNN.

“No one should run for the job unless they believe that they would be qualified doing the job. I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, and the issues that are the most consequential relating to the plight of the middle class and our foreign policy are things that I have — even my critics would acknowledge, I may not be right but I know a great deal about it,” he said.

The moderator of the event, Bruce Feiler, said Biden would have a variety of potential liabilities if he choose to run, including being too old, being out of touch with the #MeToo era and being a “gaffe machine.”

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NH Not Feeling Clinton 2020

New Hampshire is not on board with a Hillary Clinton bid for the White House in 2020 regardless of whether she runs as a “firebrand” of the Left in what would be her third bid for the Oval Office. Hillary has repeatedly run for President of the United States and failed but nonetheless appears eager to throw her hat in the ring yet again, arguing “I’d like to be president.” Thus far, however, her nascent candidacy is falling flat in states like New Hampshire who regard a potential bid as either unlikely or not a welcome prospect.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hillary Clinton’s leading supporters in New Hampshire are slinging arrows through a much-talked-about opinion piece that suggested the two-time presidential candidate would make a third run for the White House in 2020.

“I don’t think she’s running again,” incoming New Hampshire Senate President Donna Soucy, a four-term Democratic state senator who backed Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns, told Fox News.

“I know the rumors floating out there that that’s a possibility,” Soucy added. “I don’t believe for a second that it is.”

Mark Penn, an adviser and pollster to Bill and Hillary Clinton from 1995-2008, made waves by predicting this month in the Wall Street Journal that Clinton would return in 2020 as a “liberal firebrand,” adding that she wouldn’t “let a little thing like two stunning defeats stand in the way of her claim to the White House.”

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Scott Campaign Calls for Florida Dem Chairwoman to Resign

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign manager Jackie Schutz Zeckman threw down the gauntlet and is calling for Terrie Rizzo – Democratic Party chairwoman for the state – to resign. Zeckman made her case accusing Rizzo of conducting “including efforts to extend the due date for corrected mail-in ballots.” This could be seen as setting up the state’s election process for failure or at least a recount like the one happening right now. Failure has its consequences.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign manager is calling on the state’s Democratic Party chairwoman to resign, accusing her of conducting “an illegal scheme to alter election forms” in the still-undecided Senate race.

Jackie Schutz Zeckman, Scott’s campaign manager, said Terrie Rizzo was behind an attempt to extend the legally established due date sent to voters who were asked to correct problems with their mail-in ballots.

“News reports yesterday and today revealed that the Florida Democrat Party engaged in an illegal scheme to alter election forms and deceive voters regarding the deadlines for submitting votes,” Zeckman said in a statement.

Florida officials have sought the help of federal prosecutors to examine the matter, in which Democratic party officials appear to have changed the date from Nov. 6 until Nov. 8 for voters to fix mail-in ballot problems in four counties, including Broward County, a heavily populated Democratic stronghold.

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“Serial Election Rigger”: Progressive Candidate Warned About Election Official

Tim Canova, a progressive candidate who lost his 2016 race against Democrat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, is calling out Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes as a “serial rigger.” “I have warned that Snipes is a serial election rigger who would rig the recent elections,” Canova told the Gateway Pundit. “I do not believe in the accuracy of any election returns reported out of Broward County.” Snipes is, of course, the one and same election official overseeing the recount happening right now in Florida with 78,000 “new” votes “found” over the past two days as the race has continues to slide closer to a belated victory for the Left. Read more…

Here’s more from BPR…

The bombshell voter fraud lawsuit that Florida governor Rick Scott filed against Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is no surprise to Tim Canova, a progressive candidate who says Snipes rigged his 2016 Congressional race against Democrat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

“I have warned that Snipes is a serial election rigger who would rig the recent elections,” Canova told the Gateway Pundit. “I do not believe in the accuracy of any election returns reported out of Broward County.”

He added: “To restore integrity in our elections, we need to ban electronic voting machines and instead move to 100% paper ballots counted by hand in public. Without free and fair elections, we have no democracy.”

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WALSH: Democratic House a Blessing in Disguise for Trump

The 2018 midterms concluded with Democrats gaining at least 28 seats and taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives; however, they also lost three seats in the Senate and could not buy governorships in Texas, Florida, or Georgia despite all of the celebrity endorsements, war chests, and MSM lovefest. As Matt Walsh reveals, it isn’t going to be all that bad despite gridlock in our imminent future. He argues that in fact it could help propel a Trump 2020 victory and a Republican retake of the House in 2020 since the Democrats in charge will leave Americans disgusted that their time and money are being wasted attacking President Trump with one political witch hunt after another. Explains Walsh, “If their anti-Trump crusade proves as fruitless as the anti-Kavanaugh crusade, it is hard to imagine just how thoroughly exhausted and sickened the electorate will feel 24 months from now. Trump won’t even have to campaign at all. Nancy Pelosi will see to his reelection herself.”

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The Blue Wave never came. Democrats gained 28 seats in the House, less than half of what Republicans gained in the 2010 midterms, and lost ground in the Senate. Moreover, three of their up-and-coming stars — Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Stacey Abrams in Georgia — lost in spite of millions of dollars and much media hype.

Yet they do have the House. This, I think, will certainly be bad for the country. It means two years of gridlock and dysfunction, even worse than the gridlock and dysfunction that already plagued our government. But it’s very possible that last night’s results will prove greatly advantageous to President Trump. He may well have earned re-election in 2020 by losing the House in 2018.

The Democrats have made their plans very clear. They will spend the next two years launching investigations and wielding their subpoena power in a blatant attempt to settle political vendettas.

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