Senate Intel backs assessment of Russian election meddling - page 3

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday backed the intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to aid President Donald Trump and is continuing... Read More

  1. by   Lil Nel
    Mariia Butina went for the easy American marks; Guns and Religion.

    Why is the NRA so silent on her infiltration of the organization?

    They have been quiet as church mice.

    According to a story in yesterday's NY Times, the Russian Foreign Ministry has launched a social media campaign aimed at getting her released from US custody.

    Yeah, nothing suspicious about a 29-year-old Russian woman, with an unusual interest in guns, making friends with old, White, gun zealots.

    I don't believe private gun ownership is allowed in Russia.

    Geez.
  2. by   elkpark
    Quote from Lil Nel
    Mariia Butina went for the easy American marks; Guns and Religion.

    Why is the NRA so silent on her infiltration of the organization?

    They have been quiet as church mice.

    According to a story in yesterday's NY Times, the Russian Foreign Ministry has launched a social media campaign aimed at getting her released from US custody.

    Yeah, nothing suspicious about a 29-year-old Russian woman, with an unusual interest in guns, making friends with old, White, gun zealots.

    I don't believe private gun ownership is allowed in Russia.

    Geez.
    They don't want to talk about Russian people being involved in the group because they don't want to talk about all the Russian money that poured into the organization at the same time they were donating millions to the Trump campaign. It seems obvious that Russian interests used the NRA to funnel millions into the Trump campaign, so the real question is whether the NRA was a witting or unwitting accomplice (and the "unwitting accomplice" story is a pretty tough case to make -- they may not want the rest of us to know where their money is coming from, but they certainly know).
  3. by   toomuchbaloney
    Quote from elkpark
    They don't want to talk about Russian people being involved in the group because they don't want to talk about all the Russian money that poured into the organization at the same time they were donating millions to the Trump campaign. It seems obvious that Russian interests used the NRA to funnel millions into the Trump campaign, so the real question is whether the NRA was a witting or unwitting accomplice (and the "unwitting accomplice" story is a pretty tough case to make -- they may not want the rest of us to know where their money is coming from, but they certainly know).
    Didn't the Republican Congress just pass a rule that allows the NRA to keep their donors secret while concealing how much money they donate?
  4. by   elkpark
    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    Didn't the Republican Congress just pass a rule that allows the NRA to keep their donors secret while concealing how much money they donate?
    Well, it wasn't Congress; it was the Treasury Department.

    The policy change, which Treasury Department officials say will save public and government resources and prevent the accidental release of confidential information, will allow politically active nonprofits to pour anonymous "dark money" into elections with even less government oversight than they already face.

    Treasury Department loosens nonprofit donor disclosure requirements
  5. by   Lil Nel
    Quote from elkpark
    Well, it wasn't Congress; it was the Treasury Department.

    The policy change, which Treasury Department officials say will save public and government resources and prevent the accidental release of confidential information, will allow politically active nonprofits to pour anonymous "dark money" into elections with even less government oversight than they already face.

    Treasury Department loosens nonprofit donor disclosure requirements
    Yes. This happened last week, I believe.

    I heard Mitch McConnell applaud the change on NPR, by saying that Americans shouldn't be "bullied" for participating in government.

    Good ole Mitch loves dark money. Where would he be without it?
  6. by   toomuchbaloney
    You know who really loves our dark money romance? Putin. Yep, that allows him to finance the campaigns he prefers while he character assassinates their political opponents in the GOP cult.

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