Former Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA), “will lead a new political action committee aimed at ending the GOP’s longtime majority in the commonwealth’s House of Delegates. … The organization will not only raise money, he said, but also will help candidates find ways to use technology to campaign more effectively.”
“The Win Virginia group has already raised $260,000 from four wealthy donors, three of them longtime Democratic supporters from Fairfax County: .. financier Edward Hart Rice, … tech executive Shashikant Gupta … and government contracting executive Dario O. Marquez Jr. … The fourth, San Francisco venture capitalist and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, gave $50,000.” (Washington Post)
TREBLE WITH THE BASS. Prince William County Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart (R) said Wednesday that former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) have not spoken to each other since the primary election and will have base turnout issues if he doesn’t speak to his voters.
Stewart: “I’m going to be voting for Ed Gillespie and I hope that all of my supporters vote for Ed Gillespie. But, you know, this is not old-style politics. There’s 155,000 people who voted for me and they voted for me because of … my strong positions on … historical monuments, cracking down on illegal immigration. … And, you know, they’re going to vote for Ed Gillespie if Ed Gillespie has strong positions like I did on those issues. They’re not just people who are just going to blindly follow whatever I say.” (John Fredericks Show)
Stewart “had loads of free advice for the nominee, who he called ‘boring’ and lacking in passion. … Stewart says Gillespie should ditch the ‘dorky Mister Rogers’ sweater that is a staple of his campaign ads.”
Stewart: “Ed, if you’re listening to this: Nobody cares that your dad owned a grocery store. Nobody cares that your ancestors were immigrants. Nobody cares about that because everybody in that room has a similar story. I haven’t met any person who has been inspired by Ed’s story of growing up in a grocery store.” (Washington Post)
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"The Senate was expected to be back in session at noon, while House lawmakers were told to return to work for a 9 a.m. session. Mr. Trump on Friday had canceled plans to travel to his private resort on Palm Beach, Fla., where a celebration had been planned for Saturday to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office."
"A stopgap spending bill stalled in the Senate Friday night, leading to a government shutdown for the first time since 2013. The continuing resolution funding agencies expired at midnight, and lawmakers were unable to spell out any path forward to keep government open. The Senate on Friday night failed to reach cloture on a four-week spending bill the House had already approved."
"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.
"Hundreds of new and supplemental FARA filings by U.S. lobbyists and public relations firms" have been submitted "since Special Counsel Mueller charged two Trump aides with failing to disclose their lobbying work on behalf of foreign countries. The number of first-time filings ... rose 50 percent to 102 between 2016 and 2017, an NBC News analysis found. The number of supplemental filings, which include details about campaign donations, meetings and phone calls more than doubled from 618 to 1,244 last year as lobbyists scrambled to avoid the same fate as some of Trump's associates and their business partners."